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15/9 Ball Thrown into Bounds by Outside Agency and Played; Caddie Aware of Action of Outside Agency

A's ball was found lying in bounds and A played a shot towards the green. Then a man appeared and said that A's ball had come to rest out of bounds in his garden. He said he had thrown it onto the course and had told A's caddie what he had done. The caddie had not reported this to A. What is the ruling?

Under Rule 6-1, A is responsible for his caddie's failure to tell him what the man had said.

A's ball was no longer the ball in play when it came to rest out of bounds. Therefore, it was a wrong ball -- see Definitions of "Ball in Play" and "Wrong Ball." When A made a stroke with the wrong ball, he incurred the penalty prescribed in Rule 15-3 and, in stroke play, was obliged to proceed under Rule 27-1.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1936 Birthday Of Dale Douglass

Mar 05

1986 U.S. Senior Open Champion,Dale Douglass won three times on the PGA Tour and was named to one Ryder Cup team before achieving notable success on the Champions Tour, winning 11 times, including a wire-to-wire victory in the 1986 U.S. Senior Open. In his first year of eligibility, Douglass set the 72-hole scoring record, paced by his opening round 66, to defeat Gary Player by one stroke.

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