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Rule of the Day

3-3/8 Competitor Picks Up Second Ball

In stroke play, a competitor, uncertain whether the road his ball lies on is an obstruction or not, invokes Rule 3-3. He plays his original ball as it lies on the road and a second ball under Rule 24-2b(i), telling his marker he wishes his score with the second ball to count if the Rules permit. Having hit his original ball onto the green and the second ball into a bunker, the competitor picks up the second ball, holes out with the original ball and plays from the next tee. At this point the matter is referred to the Committee, which establishes that the road on which the competitor's ball lay was an obstruction. What is the ruling?

Since the road on which the competitor's ball lay was an obstruction and therefore Rule 24-2b(i) allowed the procedure selected by the competitor, the score with the second (or selected) ball would have counted if it had been holed out. However, since the competitor did not hole out with that ball, he is disqualified -- Rule 3-2.

If, on the other hand, the road had not been an obstruction, there would have been no penalty. In that case, since the Rules would not have allowed the selected procedure, a score with the second ball would not have counted, and the competitor's score with his original ball would have been his score for the hole. There is no penalty for picking up a ball played under Rule 3-3 if that ball cannot count.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1870 Birthday of Dr. Alister MacKenzie

Aug 30

golf course architect,Perhaps the most famous name in the history of golf course design, Dr. Alexander “Alister” MacKenzie was born and raised in England. He graduated from Cambridge University with degrees in medicine, natural science in chemistry and started practicing medicine. MacKenzie, who became an avid golfer in his late 20s, became involved in golf course architecture when he assisted H.S. Colt in the design of Alwoodley GC. He eventually settled in America and worked on renowned courses such as Cypress Point, Crystal Downs and Augusta National Golf Club, which he designed with nine-time USGA champion Bob Jones.

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