One of my golf buddies presented this ethical dilemma while we were sitting around after one of our rounds. If anyone has any idea of how to best handle the problem, I’d appreciate your input.
You are playing in the club championship finals. After a titanic struggle you and your opponent reach the 18th tee all square. You have the honors and hit a modest drive of 250 yards down the center, leaving a simple 6 iron to the pin. Your opponent slices his drive deep into the woods on the right.
The two of you anxiously go into the woods. Of course, you want to be sure no funny business occurs, but mostly you are being the perfect golfing gentleman you are known to be. You help your opponent look for his ball, and just before the allotted 5 minutes run out your opponent tells you to go on and hit your second shot while he looks for the little time remaining. He agrees to concede if he cannot find the ball.
You hit your 6 iron nicely onto the green, about 10 feet from the pin. As your ball comes to rest you hear a shout of “I found it!” from deep in the trees. Next you hear the unmistakable sound of a perfectly hit iron and a ball sails out of the trees onto the green, landing six inches from the hole.
Here’s the dilemma we are all struggling with:
Do you pull the cheating S.O.B.’s ball out of your pocket and confront him with it or do you keep your mouth shut?