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18-2a/29 Ball Dislodged from Tree; Replacement of Ball Not Possible

A player, believing his ball is lodged in a tree, shakes the tree in order to dislodge it. His ball falls to the ground. According to Decision 18-2a/28, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke under Rule 18-2a and must replace his ball. Suppose, however, that the player cannot replace his ball either:

(1) because the spot where it lay in the tree is not determinable, or

(2) because the ball fails to remain on the correct spot when replaced, or

(3) because the player cannot reach the spot where the ball lay.

How should the player proceed in each of these three circumstances?

Rules 20-3c and -3d would normally cover circumstances (1) and (2), but these Rules do not contemplate a situation such as the one described. Accordingly, in equity (Rule 1-4), in the first two circumstances the ball must be placed in the tree as near as possible to the spot from which it was moved, and in the third circumstance the player must proceed under the unplayable ball Rule, incurring an additional penalty stroke.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1931 Billy Burke defeats George Von Elm in longest U.S. Open playoff in history

Jul 06

In the first U.S. Open following the retirement of Bob Jones, a wide-open championship was anticipated, but no one could have expected the lengthy struggle that would be waged at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. George Von Elm made a birdie on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Billy Burke. It would take another 72 holes before Burke would finally earn a one-stroke victory.

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