In previous articles, we were talking about rules in match play. Here are answers to some situations in match play.
A – The 2 balls are on the green. Eddy plays his shot and his ball hits Jack’s ball (Jack was busy on his phone) and Eddy’s ball goes in the hole.
ANSWER: In Match Play, there is no penalty when a ball played from the green hits another ball on the green and the ball is in play where it lies.
B – On his drive, Eddy’s ball hits Jack’s cart and the ball goes in the water hazard.
ANSWER: A player always have the OPTION to replay his stroke when he hits his opponent or the opponent’s equipment. He may also play the ball where it lies without penalty to anyone.
C – Eddy is in the woods and his caddie is standing out of bounds. Eddy hits his shot, hits his caddie and the ball ends up in the rough near the fairway.
ANSWER: Even if the caddie is standing out of bounds, he still remains Eddy’s caddie and when the ball touches the caddie, the player has a 1 stroke penalty and the ball has to be played where it lies.
D – Eddy’s ball, after a stroke, touches Jack’s cart and hits Eddy’s cart (a 2 for 1).
ANSWER: Eddy has 2 completely different options:
OPTION 1: Eddy may replay his stroke without penalty.
E – Eddy and Jack share a motorized cart. Eddy’s ball hits Jack’s wife that was sitting in the Cart.
ANSWER: When an equipment is shared by players, the cart and EVERYTHING in it are deemed to be the equipment of the player sharing the cart whose ball is involved. Eddy has a 1 stroke penalty and must play the ball where it lies.
F – On a 400 yards hole, Eddy hits his tee shot directly in a moving truck. A few seconds later the ball falls from the truck at about 25 yards from the green. Eddy plays the ball where it lies and Jacks concedes the hole to Eddy. Both player hit their tee shot on the next hole.
ANSWER: If Jack knew the rule, he would have made a claim saying Eddy played from a wrong place and Eddy would have lost the hole. Jack did not make a claim and he conceded the hole. In that decision we assume that Jack saw the ball fall in the truck.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION
Some of you played last week in the snow South of Montreal. What is the decision if your ball is on snow? on a frozen river or lake? Snow on the green?, Snow in a bunker? Snow or ice near your ball?