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25-1b/26 Player Unaware Ball in Water Hazard Takes Relief from Interference by Burrowing Animal Hole

A player, unaware that his ball is in a dry water hazard, lifts and drops the ball under Rule 25-1b(i) believing he is entitled to relief from a hole made by a burrowing animal. After dropping the ball in the hazard, he discovers his mistake. What is the ruling?

As the player's ball lay in a water hazard, he was not entitled to relief without penalty from a hole made by a burrowing animal -- see first paragraph of Rule 25-1b. However, as his ball lay in a water hazard, he is not precluded from taking relief under Rule 26.

As the player had dropped the ball under an inapplicable Rule, he may correct his error under Rule 20-6 by:

1. lifting the ball and replacing it where it originally lay in the water hazard, in which case he incurs a penalty of one stroke under Rule 18-2a -- see Decision 18-2a/12; or

2. proceeding under Rule 26-1. He incurs a penalty of one stroke under Rule 26-1, but no additional penalty is incurred.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1946 Smiley Quick wins U.S. Amateur Public Links

Jul 27

In the first U.S. Amateur Public Links following a five-year break due to World War II, Smiley Quick won the 1946 championship with a 3-and-2 victory over Louis Stafford at Wellshire Golf Course in Denver, Colo. That same year, the 37-year-old Quick would finish tied for 26th in the U.S. Open and was the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur.

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