1. How can a player win a hole in match play when their opponent has not made a stroke, no concession was made and they did not incur any penalty?
2. What are the two occasions (edit 4th January 2015: make that three) when a player is not penalised for making a stroke at a ball that is moving?
3. After a putt for birdie on a par-4, the player’s ball balances on the edge of hole, the player walks up and makes a one-handed stroke at their ball but misses it. The ball falls into the hole anyway. a) Was the ball holed, or does it have to be replaced on the edge of the hole and tapped in? b) What is the player’s score for the hole?
4. A Local Rule permits taking relief for a ball that is embedded through the green. A player’s ball lands in soft ground entering just inside the out of bounds line, but comes to rest out of bounds. May the player take relief?
5. Rule 21 details three situations where a ball may not be cleaned when lifted under a Rule. What is a fourth situation?
6. In a stroke play competition a player did not record any gross score on their score card for their 14th hole, but they were not disqualified and won the competition over the stipulated 18 holes. Explain.
7. Which Rule is regularly breached at Club level but is rarely penalised because the players, their markers and probably the Committee, do not realise that they have breached a Rule of Golf?
8. In stroke play, which Rule can be breached without incurring a penalty?
9. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
a) Players may use an artificial device to warm their golf balls before their round.
b) Players may keep their golf balls warm during their round.
c) Players may use an artificial device to warm their golf balls during their round.
d) Players may use an artificial device to warm their hands during their round.
.......or do you think that a), b), c) and d) are all incorrect?
1. The player had a hole-in-one with a handicap stroke and their opponent did not have a handicap stroke on that hole.
2. When a player is making their first stroke at a ball on teeing ground (Rule 11-3) and when the ball is moving in water (Rule 14-6). (Edit 4th January 2015: A reader has provided a third occasion; when wind moves a ball after the player has commenced their backswing and it is still moving as they make their stroke at it.)
3. a) The ball was holed. b) 4 strokes.
4. The player may take relief. Decision 13/4 clarifies that an embedded ball is considered to be lying in the part of the course where it entered the ground.
5. A player may not clean their ball when they lift it to determine whether they are entitled to relief under a Rule, e.g. to determine whether the ball is in a hole made by a burrowing animal, or is embedded (Decision 20-1/0.7).
6. It was a Stableford or Par/Bogey competition, in which it is not required to mark a score for a hole where no points are scored, or the hole is lost (Decision 32-1/2).
7. When they start before their scheduled starting time (Decision 6-3a/5).
8. Rule 10-2c. Competitors may play out of turn, providing they have not agreed to play out of turn to give one of them a competitive advantage.
9. c) is incorrect. An artificial device may be used to warm golf balls before the round and they may be kept warm during a round, but an artificial device must not be used to warm them during a round. Decision 14-3/13.5. Players may use an artificial device to warm their hands at any time.
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