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25-1c/2 Ball Dropped and Played Under Ground Under Repair Rule in Absence of Knowledge or Virtual Certainty That Original Ball in Ground Under Repair

A player, after a search of less than one minute, considers that his ball is in ground under repair, although it is neither known nor virtually certain that this is the case. He drops a ball under Rule 25-1c and plays it. His original ball is then found beyond the ground under repair. What is the ruling?

When the player dropped and played another ball under Rule 25-1c, it became the ball in play and the original ball was lost.

In the absence of knowledge or virtual certainty that the ball was in ground under repair, the player was not permitted to proceed under Rule 25-1; therefore, he was considered to have put another ball into play under Rule 27-1. In playing the ball dropped under Rule 25-1c, the player played from a wrong place.

In match play, he incurred a penalty of loss of hole (Rule 20-7b).

In stroke play, he incurred the stroke-and-distance penalty prescribed by Rule 27-1 and an additional penalty of two strokes for a breach of that Rule (Rule 20-7c). If the breach was a serious one, he was subject to disqualification unless he corrected the error as provided in Rule 20-7c.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1914 Francis Ouimet Captures U.S. Amateur

Sep 05

Francis Ouimet of Boston, Mass., had made international news the prior year when he shocked England’s Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., to win the U.S. Open. The 21-year-old proved that was no fluke when he defeated four-time and defending champion Jerome Travers, 6 and 5, at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt., to win the 1914 U.S. Amateur. Ouimet became the first player to win both the U.S. Open and Amateur titles. When he sealed his victory over Travers in the final on the 31st hole, Ouimet’s friends rushed toward him and carried the young Massachusetts champion back to the clubhouse to receive the Havemeyer Trophy.

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