Let me throw a couple quotes at you.
'What a stupid I am.'
'It's no one's fault but mine.'
These quotes make me very proud of my sport and its players. The first is from Roberto de Vicenzo after signing an incorrect scorecard that knocked him out of a playoff in the 1968 Masters. The second is from Dustin Johnson after his two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole at the 2010 PGA Championship.
Both men took ownership of their mistakes. Roberto de Vicenzo didn't blame playing partner Tommy Aaron for recording a four instead of a three on the 71st hole. And Johnson didn't blame Pete Dye for building a bunker way off the beaten path.
De Vicenzo retired a Hall of Famer and winner of the Bob Jones Award – the highest honor given by the U.S. Golf Association in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
There's a lot to be said for taking the high road. It defined Roberto de Vicenzo as a champion and a gentleman. It will do the same for Dustin Johnson.