A player sees a dog pick up his ball at rest in a
bunker and run off with it. How should the player
A player strikes their ball towards a greenside
bunker that is out of sight. Arriving at the bunker
the ball cannot be found, but a dog is seen running
away. It is assumed that the dog must have picked it
up from the bunker, which has tell-tale paw prints
in it. How should the player proceed?
If the player knows where the ball was at rest he
may place a ball at that spot. However, if it is
impossible to determine the spot where the ball is
to be placed a ball must be dropped in the bunker as
near as possible to the place where it was at rest
when the dog picked it up. Rule 18-1 and Rule 20-3c.
In the absence of knowledge or virtual certainty
that the ball had been moved by an outside agency,
if the ball is not found within five minutes, the
player is required to put another ball into play
under penalty of stroke and distance, Rule 27-1.