The first regulatory case of the year was not long in coming. During the first round of the first tournament of the year, it was the experienced Englishman Justin Rose who paid the price for a careless error.
The year started normally for English justin rose. In fact, the Johannesburg native received a two-stroke penalty for playing a “bad” ball on the 7th hole. Not an easy comeback for the winner of the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
– Justin ROSA (@JustinRose99) January 5, 2024
what the rule says:
6.3c Bad ball
Exception: ball moving in water: There is no penalty if a player makes a stroke on a wrong ball that is in water in a penalty area or in temporary water: the stroke does not count and the player must correct the error according to the Rules by playing the correct ball from its original location or taking action in accordance with the Rules.
Penalty for playing a bad ball in violation of Rule 6.3c(1):
in partythe player incurs the general penalty (loss of the hole). If the player and his opponent each play each other’s ball during play of a hole, the first to make a stroke on a bad ball incurs the general penalty (loss of the hole). ).
But if it is not clear which wrong ball was played first, there is no penalty and the hole must be completed with the exchanged balls.
In stroke play, the player incurs the general penalty (two penalty strokes) and must correct the error by continuing play with the original ball by playing it as is or taking relief in accordance with the Rules.
The stroke played with the wrong ball and all other strokes played before the error was corrected (i.e., strokes played and any penalties incurred solely by playing that ball) do not count.
If the player does not correct the error before making a stroke to start another hole, or in the case of the last hole of the round, before returning his card, the player is disqualified.
(2) A player’s ball played by another player as a bad ball. If it is certain or almost certain that the player’s ball was played by another player as a bad ball, the player must return the original ball, or another ball, to the original location (which, if not known, must be estimated) (see Rule 14.2). This applies whether or not the original bullet has been found.
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