Robbie's drive has come to rest under a prickly
cactus and he decides to deem his ball unplayable.
He retrieves the ball with his club and drops it
within two club-lengths of where it was at rest, not
nearer the hole. The ball rolls and stops nearer to
the hole, so he lifts it and drops it again. This
time it rolls more than two club-lengths from where
it first hit the ground, but not nearer the hole. He
lifts and drops it for a third time and it comes to
rest close to where it hit the ground, not nearer
the hole. However, the cactus is still close to his
stance and as he is wearing shorts he takes out his
towel and places it over the cactus spines so that
his legs will not be scratched. His stroke from this
difficult lie hits his trolley and bounces back into
the same bush. Once again he deems his ball
unplayable, drops according to the Rules and this
time plays a good stroke onto the putting green,
from where he takes two putts to hole out. What is
Rob bie's score for the hole?
(The answer is below)
19th Hole Titbit - Do You Know?
That you may test the condition of a bunker with
a practice swing (i.e. without striking a ball)
before commencing your round. Rule 7-1b and Note
1 to the Rule.
1 - Drive to under the prickly cactus.
2 - One penalty stroke for deeming his ball
unplayable and lifting it.
3 & 4 - Two penalty strokes for playing from the
wrong place after dropping his ball instead of
placing it after the second invalid drop (Decision
Note: When a ball that has been re-dropped, i.e. for
a second time, rolls into any of the seven positions
requiring a re-drop, it must be placed as near as
possible to the spot where it first struck a part of
the course when re-dropped (Rule 20-2c).
5 & 6 - Two penalty strokes for improving his stance
by placing the towel over the cactus (Decision
Note: However, Robbie could have put waterproof
trousers on to save his legs from scratches without
incurring a penalty (Decision 13-3/2).
7 - Stroke from the cactus that hits his trolley.
8 - One penalty stroke for his ball being deflected
off his equipment (Rule 19-2).
9 - One penalty stroke for deeming his ball
unplayable the second time and lifting it..
10 - Stroke onto the putting green.
11 & 12 - Two putts to hole out.
Robbie scores 12 for the hole.