Rules FAQ


Rule 27-1

Original Ball Found, Player wishes to Continue with Provisional Ball

Q.  A player played his tee shot into deep woods. He played a provisional ball to the fairway. Before reaching the provisional ball a few spectators, a fellow-competitor, or an official have found a ball in the area where the original is likely to be. Can the player still continue with the provisional ball?

A.  No. Once a ball is found in that area, the player is obligated to identify it. A player may not declare a ball lost. (See Decisions 27/16 and 27-2/2)


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