Rules FAQ


Rule 27-2

Original Ball Found and Declared Unplayable, Player wishes to Continue with Provisional Ball

Q.  A player played his tee shot into deep woods. He correctly played a provisional ball to the fairway in case the ball would be lost. Before reaching the provisional ball the player finds the original ball laying against the base of a tree in between two large roots. The player declares the ball unplayable. His best option is to proceed under Rule 28a and return to the teeing ground. To save time may the player still continue play with the provisional ball?

A.  No. Once the original ball is found the provisional ball must be abandoned (Rule 27-2c) and the player must continue play with the original ball or declare it unplayable (Rule 28). A provisional ball is not an option for a ball that may be unplayable. It is only an option if the original ball may be out of bounds or lost outside of a water hazard.


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