Rules FAQ

Rule 19-4

Ball Deflected by Fellow-Competitor

Q. What is the ruling if my ball in motion is accidentally deflected by my fellow-competitor, his equipment or caddie in stroke play?

A. There is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies - see Rule 19-1.

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Company in this bunker during the first round of the 2003 U.S. Senior Open

Bob Murphy’s ball had company in this bunker during the first round of the 2003 U.S. Senior Open… belonging to his fellow competitor, Hubert Green. Green’s ball struck and moved Murphy’s ball then came to rest on the spot where Murphy’s ball had originally been located.

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Natural objects

Payne Stewart’s chip shot at the 1991 PGA Championship was deflected by a leaf on the putting green and found its way into the hole. Natural objects – and that includes leaves – are loose impediments. However, this leaf also has the status of an “outside agency.”

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Tee shot hops over the green

On the Par 3 12th hole of the final round at the 2003 “AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am,” Davis Love’s tee shot hopped over the green… but he got a lucky break when the ball found a photographer’s leg.