Thursday, August 18, 2016
Ask Linda #1364-Play from wrong place during better-ball match
I was involved in a better ball match play tournament. My partner hit out of a bunker onto the green and while she was raking the bunker I marked her ball. Unfortunately I placed MY ball at her marker and putted the ball. My opponent immediately called me on it and told me it was a loss of hole. My partner was lying 3, I was lying two, and our opponents were lying 3. I didn't know what the ruling was so we picked up the other marker and moved to the next hole. What is the ruling? Could I have gone over to the other marker and putted out with a one-stroke penalty? Was it wrong information?
Lulu from Abington, Massachusetts
In singles match play, when you replace your ball at the wrong place and hit it you lose the hole [Rule 20-7b]. In a better-ball match, the penalty does not apply to your partner; your team does not lose the hole due to your infraction. In effect, you are disqualified from the hole. Your partner incurs a one-stroke penalty because you lifted her ball marker [Rule 18-2]. She may replace the marker and continue to play [Rule 30-3f].
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