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Rule of the Day

3-3/6 Competitor Plays Original Ball After Doubtful Situation Has Arisen and Then Invokes Rule 3-3

In stroke play, a competitor's ball lies in a water hazard. A movable stake defining the margin of the hazard interferes with the area of his intended swing. He makes his next stroke, avoiding the stake. It then occurs to him that he may have been entitled to remove the stake. The competitor informs his marker that he is invoking Rule 3-3 and elects to score with a second ball. He removes the stake and drops a second ball at the spot from which his original ball was played. He holes out with both balls. What is the ruling?

The situation that caused the doubt arose when the competitor's ball lay in the water hazard and the stake interfered with his swing. Since the competitor took further action, i.e., played the original ball, after the situation that caused the doubt had arisen, the score with the original ball must count -- see the Note to Rule 3-3a.

However, the competitor incurs no penalty for having played the second ball. (Revised)

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1957 Birthday Of Payne Stewart

Jan 30

Two-Time U.S. Open Champion,Distinctively dressed in plus-fours and a tam o’shanter cap, Payne Stewart had 11 Tour wins, including three majors – the 1989 PGA Championship and 1991 and 1999 U.S. Opens. Stewart made a decisive birdie on the 16th hole of his playoff with Scott Simpson to seal the 1991 Open at Hazeltine. After nearly winning another Open in 1998, Stewart made an indelible impression at Pinehurst, holing a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win by a shot over Phil Mickelson.

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