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Definition of "Ball in Play"

A ball is "in play" as soon as the player has made a stroke on the teeing ground. It remains in play until it is holed, except when it is lost, out of bounds or lifted, or another ball has been substituted, whether or not the substitution is permitted; a ball so substituted becomes the ball in play.

If a ball is played from outside the teeing ground when the player is starting play of a hole, or when attempting to correct this mistake, the ball is not in play and Rule 11-4 or 11-5 applies. Otherwise, ball in play includes a ball played from outside the teeing ground when the player elects or is required to play his next stroke from the teeing ground.

Exception in match play: Ball in play includes a ball played by the player from outside the teeing ground when starting play of a hole if the opponent does not require the stroke to be canceled in accordance with Rule 11-4a.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1977 Willie Turnesa presents wedge to USGA Museum

May 24

<br/><br/>Two-time U.S. Amateur champion Willie Turnesa donated the club that earned him the nickname “Willie the Wedge” to the United States Golf Association’s Museum. In the 1938 U.S. Amateur, Turnesa faced former U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion Pat Abbott in the final at Oakmont CC. Turnesa was bunkered on 13 of the 29 holes played in the championship match, but got up and down on each attempt from the sand en route to defeating Abbott, 8 and 7. Turnesa also used this club in his victories in the 1947 British Amateur and 1948 U.S. Amateur, as well.

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