Rule 14 - Procedures for Ball: Marking, Lifting and Cleaning; Replacing on Spot; Dropping in Relief Area; Playing from Wrong Place

Purpose of Rule: Rule 14 covers when and how the player may mark the spot of a ball at rest and lift and clean the ball and how to put a ball back into play so that the ball is played from the right place.

A mistake in using these procedures may be corrected without penalty before the ball is played, but the player gets a penalty if he or she plays the ball from the wrong place.

14.1  Marking, Lifting and Cleaning Ball

This Rule applies to the deliberate “lifting” of a player’s ball at rest, which includes picking up the ball by hand, rotating it or otherwise deliberately causing it to moveMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so). from its spot.

a. Spot of Ball to Be Lifted and Replaced Must Be Marked

Before lifting a ball under a Rule requiring the ball to be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. on its original spot, the player must markMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either: the spot which means to:

If the spot is markedMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either: with a ball-markerBall-Marker: An artificial object when used to mark the spot of a ball to be lifted, such as a tee, a coin, an object made to be a ball-marker or another small piece of equipment., after replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. the ball the player must remove the ball-markerBall-Marker: An artificial object when used to mark the spot of a ball to be lifted, such as a tee, a coin, an object made to be a ball-marker or another small piece of equipment. before making a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball..

If the player lifts the ball without markingMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either: its spot, marksMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either: its spot in a wrong way or makes a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. with a ball-markerBall-Marker: An artificial object when used to mark the spot of a ball to be lifted, such as a tee, a coin, an object made to be a ball-marker or another small piece of equipment. left in place, the player gets one penalty stroke.

If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4).

When a ball is lifted to take relief under a Rule, the player is not required to markMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either: the spot before lifting the ball.

b. Who May Lift Ball

The player’s ball may be lifted under the Rules only by:

Exception – Caddie May Lift Player’s Ball on Putting Green Without Authorization: When the player’s ball is on the putting greenPutting Green: The area on the hole the player is playing that:, his or her caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways: may lift the ball without the player’s authorization.

If the caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways: lifts the ball without authorization when it is anywhere except on the putting greenPutting Green: The area on the hole the player is playing that:, the player gets one penalty stroke (see Rule 9.4).

c. Cleaning Lifted Ball

A ball lifted from the putting greenPutting Green: The area on the hole the player is playing that: may always be cleaned (see Rule 13.1b).

A ball lifted from anywhere else may always be cleaned except when it is lifted:

If the player cleans a lifted ball when not allowed, he or she gets one penalty stroke.

If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4).

See Rule 22.2 (in FoursomesFoursomes (also known as “Alternate Shot”): A form of play where two partners compete as a side by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole., either partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. may act for the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play. and action by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. is treated as action of the player); 23.5 (in Four-BallFour-Ball: A form of play where sides of two partners compete, with each player playing his or her own ball. A side’s score for a hole is the lower score of the two partners on that hole., either partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. may act for the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play. and action by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. concerning the player’s ball or equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie. is treated as action of the player).

14.2  Replacing Ball on Spot

This Rule applies whenever a ball is lifted or movedMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so). and a Rule requires it to be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. on a spot.

a. Original Ball Must Be Used

The original ball must be used when replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. a ball.

Exception – Another Ball May Be Used When:

b. Who Must Replace Ball and How It Must Be Replaced

(1) Who May Replace Ball: The player’s ball must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. under the Rules only by:

If the player plays a ball that was replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. by someone not allowed to do so, the player gets one penalty stroke.

(2) How Ball Must Be Replaced. The ball must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. by setting it down on the required spot and letting it go so that it stays on that spot.

If the player plays a ball that was replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. in a wrong way but on the required spot, the player gets one penalty stroke.

c. Spot Where Ball Is Replaced

The ball must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. on its original spot (which if not known must be estimated), except when the ball must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. on a different spot under Rules 14.2d(2) and 14.2e.

If the ball was at rest on, under or against any immovable obstructionImmovable Obstruction: Any obstruction that:, integral objectIntegral Object: An artificial object defined by the Committee as part of the challenge of playing the course from which free relief is not allowed., boundary objectBoundary Object: Artificial objects defining or showing out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings, from which free relief is not allowed. or growing or attached natural object:

If any loose impedimentsLoose Impediment: Any unattached natural object such as: were removed as a result of the ball being lifted or movedMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so). or before the ball was replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play., they do not need to be replaced.

For restrictions on removing loose impedimentsLoose Impediment: Any unattached natural object such as: before replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. a lifted or movedMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so). ball see Rule 15.1a, Exception 1.

d. Where to Replace Ball When Original Lie Altered

If the lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. of a lifted or movedMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so). ball that must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. is altered, the player must replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. the ball in this way:

(1) Ball in Sand. When the ball was in sand, whether in a bunkerBunker: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed. or anywhere else on the courseCourse: The entire area of play within the edge of any boundaries set by the Committee::

If the player fails to re-create the lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. in breach of this Rule, the player has played from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules..

(2) Ball Anywhere Except in Sand. When the ball was anywhere except in sand, the player must replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. the ball by placing it on the nearest spot with a lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. most similar to the original lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. that is:

If the player knows that the original lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. was altered but does not know what the lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. was, the player must estimate the original lieLie: The spot on which a ball is at rest and any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, or boundary object touching the ball or right next to it. and replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. the ball under (1) or (2).

Exception – For Lies Altered While Play is Stopped and Ball Has Been Lifted, see Rule 5.7d.

e. What to Do If Replaced Ball Does Not Stay on Original Spot

If the player tries to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. a ball but it does not stay on its original spot, the player must try a second time.

If the ball again does not stay on that spot, the player must replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. the ball by placing it on the nearest spot where the ball will stay at rest, but with these limits depending on where the original spot is located:

Penalty for Playing Incorrectly SubstitutedSubstitute: To change the ball the player is using to play a hole by having another ball become the ball in play. Ball or Playing Ball from a Wrong PlaceWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules. in Breach of Rule 14.2: General PenaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play. under Rule 6.3b or 14.7a.

If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4).

See Rule 22.2 (in FoursomesFoursomes (also known as “Alternate Shot”): A form of play where two partners compete as a side by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole., either partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. may act for the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play. and action by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. is treated as action of the player); 23.5 (in Four-BallFour-Ball: A form of play where sides of two partners compete, with each player playing his or her own ball. A side’s score for a hole is the lower score of the two partners on that hole., either partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. may act for the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play. and action by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. concerning the player’s ball or equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie. is treated as action of the player).

14.3  Dropping Ball in Relief Area

This Rule applies whenever a player must dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. a ball in taking relief under a Rule, including when the player must complete taking relief by placing a ball under Rule 14.3c(2).

If the player improvesImprove: To alter one or more of the conditions affecting the stroke or other physical conditions affecting play so that a player gains a potential advantage for a stroke. the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors: before or when droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. a ball, see Rule 8.1.

a. Original Ball or Another Ball May Be Used

The player may use the original ball or another ball.

This means that the player may use any ball each time he or she dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. or places a ball under this Rule.

b. Ball Must Be Dropped in Right Way

The player must dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. a ball in the right way, which means all three of these things:

(1) Player Must Drop Ball. The ball must be droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. only by the player. Neither the player’s caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways: nor anyone else may do so.

(2) Ball Must Be Dropped Straight Down from Knee Height Without Touching Player or Equipment. The player must let go of the ball from a location at knee height so that the ball:

“Knee height” means the height of the player’s knee when in a standing position.

(3) Ball Must Be Dropped in Relief Area. The ball must be droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:. The player may stand either inside or outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors: when droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. the ball.

If a ball is droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in a wrong way in breach of one or more of these three requirements:

If the player does not dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. again and instead makes a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. at the ball from where it came to rest after being droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in a wrong way:

c. Ball Dropped in Right Way Must Come to Rest in Relief Area

This Rule applies only when a ball is droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in the right way under Rule 14.3b.

(1) Player Has Completed Taking Relief When Ball Dropped in Right Way Comes to Rest in Relief Area. The ball must come to rest in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:.

It does not matter whether the ball, after hitting the ground, touches any person, equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie. or other outside influenceOutside Influence: Any of these people or things that can affect what happens to a player’s ball or equipment or to the course: before coming to rest:

In either case, there is no penalty to any player if a ball droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in the right way accidentally hits any person, equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie. or other outside influenceOutside Influence: Any of these people or things that can affect what happens to a player’s ball or equipment or to the course: before coming to rest.

Exception – When Ball Dropped in Right Way is Deliberately Deflected or Stopped by Any Person: For what to do when the droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. ball is deliberately deflected or stopped by any person before it comes to rest, see Rule 14.3d.

(2) What to Do if Ball Dropped in Right Way Comes to Rest Outside Relief Area. If the ball comes to rest outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:, the player must dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. a ball in the right way a second time.

If that ball also comes to rest outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:, the player must then complete taking relief by placing a ball using the procedures for replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. a ball in Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e:

d. What to Do if Ball Dropped in Right Way is Deliberately Deflected or Stopped by Person

For purposes of this Rule, a droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. ball is “deliberately deflected or stopped” when:

When a ball droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in the right way is deliberately deflected or stopped by any person (whether in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors: or outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:) before it comes to rest:

Exception – When There Is No Reasonable Chance Ball Will Come to Rest in Relief Area: If a ball droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in the right way is deliberately deflected or stopped (whether in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors: or outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:) when there is no reasonable chance it will come to rest in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors::

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong PlaceWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules. or Playing Ball that was Placed Instead of Dropped Drop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in Breach of Rule 14.3: General PenaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play. Under Rule 14.7a.

If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4).

See Rule 22.2 (in FoursomesFoursomes (also known as “Alternate Shot”): A form of play where two partners compete as a side by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole., either partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. may act for the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play. and action by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. is treated as action of the player); 23.5 (in Four-BallFour-Ball: A form of play where sides of two partners compete, with each player playing his or her own ball. A side’s score for a hole is the lower score of the two partners on that hole., either partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. may act for the sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play. and action by the partnerPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. concerning the player’s ball or equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie. is treated as action of the player).

14.4  When Player’s Ball is Back in Play after Original Ball Was Out of Play

When a player’s ball in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole: is lifted from the courseCourse: The entire area of play within the edge of any boundaries set by the Committee: or is lostLost: The status of a ball that is not found in three minutes after the player or his or her caddie (or the player’s partner or partner’scaddie) begins to search for it. or out of boundsOut of Bounds: All areas outside the boundary edge of the course as defined by the Committee. All areas inside that edge are in bounds., the ball is no longer in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:.

The player has a ball in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole: again only when he or she:

If the player returns a ball to the courseCourse: The entire area of play within the edge of any boundaries set by the Committee: in any way with the intent for it to be in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:, the ball is in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole: even if it was:

A replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. ball is in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole: even if the ball-markerBall-Marker: An artificial object when used to mark the spot of a ball to be lifted, such as a tee, a coin, an object made to be a ball-marker or another small piece of equipment. markingMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either: its spot has not been removed.

14.5  Correcting Mistake Made in Substituting, Replacing, Dropping or Placing Ball

a. Player May Lift Ball to Correct Mistake Before Ball Is Played

When a player has substitutedSubstitute: To change the ball the player is using to play a hole by having another ball become the ball in play. another ball for the original ball when not allowed under the Rules or the player’s ball in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole: was replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play., droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. or placed (1) in a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules. or came to rest in a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules., (2) in a wrong way or (3) by using a procedure that did not apply:

b. When Player May Change to a Different Rule or Relief Option When Correcting Mistake in Taking Relief

When correcting a mistake in taking relief, whether the player must use the same Rule and relief option originally used or may change to a different Rule or relief option depends on the nature of the mistake:

(1) When Ball Was Put in Play Under Rule That Did Not Apply.

(2) When Ball Was Put in Play Under Rule That Applied but Ball Was Dropped or Placed in Wrong Place.

(3) When Ball Was Put in Play Under Rule That Applied and Was Dropped or Placed in Right Place, but Rule Requires Ball to Be Dropped or Placed Again.

c. No Penalties for Ball Lifted to Correct Mistake

When a ball is lifted under Rule 14.5a to correct a mistake:

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14.6  Making Next Stroke from Where Previous Stroke Made

This Rule applies whenever a player is required or allowed under the Rules to make the next strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. from where a previous strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. was made (that is, when taking stroke-and-distanceStroke and Distance: The procedure and penalty when a player takes relief under Rules 17, 18 or 19 by playing a ball from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6). relief, or playing again after a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. that is cancelled or otherwise does not count).

a. Previous Stroke Made from Teeing Area

The original ball or another ball must be played from anywhere inside the teeing areaTeeing Area: The area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing. (and may be teed) under Rule 6.2b.

b. Previous Stroke Made from General Area, Penalty Area or Bunker

The original ball or another ball must be droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play. in this relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors: (see Rule 14.3):

c. Previous Stroke Made from Putting Green

The original ball or another ball must be placed on the spot where the previous strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball. was made (which if not known must be estimated) (see Rule 14.2), using the procedures for replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play. a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong PlaceWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules. in Breach of Rule 14.6: General PenaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play.  Under Rule 14.7a.

If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4) .

14.7  Playing from Wrong Place

a. Place from Where Ball Must Be Played

After starting a hole:

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong PlaceWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules. in Breach of Rule 14.7a: General PenaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play..

If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4).

b. How to Complete a Hole after Playing from Wrong Place in Stroke Play

(1) Player Must Decide Whether to Play Out Hole with Ball Played from Wrong Place or to Correct the Mistake by Playing from Right Place. What a player does next depends on whether it was a serious breachSerious Breach: In stroke play, when playing from a wrong place could give the player a significant advantage compared to the stroke to be made from the right place. – that is, whether the player could have gained a significant advantage by playing from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.:

(2) Player Who Tries to Correct Mistake Must Report to Committee. If the player tries to correct the mistake under (1) by playing a ball from a right place:

If the player does not report the facts to the CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course., he or she is disqualified.

(3) When Player Tried to Correct Mistake, Committee Will Decide Player’s Score for Hole. The player’s score for the hole depends on whether the CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course. decides that there was a serious breachSerious Breach: In stroke play, when playing from a wrong place could give the player a significant advantage compared to the stroke to be made from the right place. in playing the original ball from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.: