The problem with 1-2 is the exception.
1. An action expressly permitted or expressly prohibited by another Rule
is subject to that other Rule
, not Rule 1-2.
The USGA specifically stated that Phil made a stroke at the moving ball, rather than deflecting or stopping the ball, so they had to proceed under 14-5 because of the exception in 1-2.
They should have DQ'd him under 33-7, IMO.
A penalty of disqualification may in exceptional individual cases be waived, modified or imposed if the Committee
considers such action warranted.
Any penalty less than disqualification must not be waived or modified.
If a Committee
considers that a player is guilty of a serious breach of etiquette, it may impose a penalty of disqualification under this Rule.
Edited by Itchy4Scratch, 18 June 2018 - 10:22 AM.