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Golf Rules Questions - Lost Ball

  1. In a match, Player A hits their drive down the middle of the fairway. Player B hits their drive into an area of dense bushes. Thinking their ball may be lost, Player B plays a provisional ball down the fairway well past their original ball and Player A's ball......(Ref. SN-67)
  2. In a match, Player A hits their drive down the middle of the fairway. Player B hits their drive into an area of dense bushes. Thinking the ball may be lost, Player B plays a provisional ball from tee down the fairway short of the original ball......(Ref. SN-68)
  3. In stroke play, a player is 90% certain that their tee shot has come to rest in a yellow penalty area. The player drops another ball immediately behind the area under the penalty area relief Rule (17.1d) and plays it. Which is correct?.....(Ref. SN-110)
  4. In a college stroke play event, a player's second shot on a par 5 travels 200 yards into an area of dense leaves. The player searches for 3 minutes and cannot locate their ball. The player's coach believes the leaves are an abnormal course condition and tells the player to drop another ball in the area where the player thinks the ball is. The player follows these instructions and plays onto the green, putts out, and continues onto the next hole. Which is correct?.....(Ref. SN-111)
  5. When a ball cannot be located in a tree, "known or virtual certainty" may be applied so the player may proceed under Rule 19.1 (Unplayable Ball) rather than Rule 18.2 (Lost Ball)......(Ref. SN-117)
  6. A spectator says they saw a ball came to rest in a specific location in a tree, but the ball cannot be identified as the player's ball. The player may proceed under Rule 19.1 (Unplayable Ball) rather than Rule 18.2 (Lost Ball)......(Ref. SN-118)
  7. A player hits their tee shot into an area where the ball may be lost and properly plays a provisional ball. The player learns that it is known or virtually certain that the original ball is in a penalty area. The player plays the provisional ball onto the green and completes the hole with 2 putts. What is the player's score for the hole?.....(Ref. SN-142)
  8. Thinking the original tee shot may be lost or out of bounds, a player properly plays a provisional ball. The player and other members of the group go to search for the original ball. After 1 minute has elapsed the player decides to stop searching and walks backwards to play the provisional ball. After playing the provisional ball the player resumes the search for the original ball and has 2 minutes to find the ball......(Ref. SN-208)
  9. At a short hole, Player A's tee shot might be lost, so the player correctly plays a provisional ball that is holed. Player A does not wish to look for the original ball, but Player B, Player A's opponent or another player in stroke play, goes to look for the original ball. Which of the following is false?.....(Ref. SN-225)
  10. A player believes (80% certain) that their ball was lifted by a spectator, but is unable to find the ball within 3 minutes. While walking back to the tee, a spectator sheepishly hands the ball to the player......(Ref. SN-228)
  11. A player properly played a provisional ball with identical marking to the original ball. Both balls are found in the general area and the player cannot identify which ball is the original ball or provisional ball. The player must choose one of the balls to be treated as the provisional ball that is now in play. The other ball is now a wrong ball and must not be played......(Ref. TF-97)
  12. A player makes a stroke at their ball in the general area and the ball comes to rest in an area of dense undergrowth. After a three-minute search, the ball is not found. The player decides to take stroke-and-distance relief by adding one penalty stroke and playing another ball from where the previous stroke was made. In doing so, the player drops a ball in the right way that strikes the exact spot from where the previous stroke was made. After striking the ground, the ball rolls more than one club-length but less than two club-lengths from where it first struck the ground but not nearer the hole. The player makes their stroke from there. The player gets only the penalty of one stroke under the lost ball Rule (Rule 18.2b)......(Ref. TF-101)
  13. A ball is lost if it is not found in three minutes after the player, partner or either of their caddies begins to search for it. Time spent playing a wrong ball does not count in the three minute time period......(Ref. 500Q-17)
  14. A ball is lost if not found after three minutes of search or earlier if it is declared lost......(Ref. 500Q-83)
  15. In stroke play, it is not known or virtually certain that a player's tee shot is lost in water in a penalty area. The player plays a second ball from the teeing area under the penalty area relief Rule (17.1d) and then finds their original ball outside the penalty area. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-202)
  16. After playing from the teeing area, a player briefly searches for their ball, declares it lost and tees another ball in the teeing area. The original ball is then found in a penalty area less than three minutes after search began. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-203)
  17. In stroke play, two players strike their balls into the same area of high grass. Two balls are found, but because there are no identifying marks on either ball, neither of the players can identify a ball as theirs. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-212)
  18. Based on information given by a spectator, a player identifies their ball within three minutes of search time. Their ball is not lost in these circumstances......(Ref. 500Q-273)
  19. A player's ball is not found after the three-minute period of search and the player believes that it was played by another player after coming to rest on the course. Unless this fact is known or virtually certain, the player must take relief under the ball lost Rule (18.2b)......(Ref. 500Q-342)
  20. A player's original ball is out of play when a player has put another ball into play under penalty of stroke and distance......(Ref. 500Q-373)
  21. In stroke play, a player makes their first stroke from the teeing area of a par-3 hole and the ball comes to rest in a yellow penalty area. The player plays their original ball further into the penalty area where it is lost. The player drops another ball in the penalty area to play under stroke-and-distance relief, but it rolls into deep water. The player abandons that ball, plays a third ball from the teeing area that comes to rest on the putting green, takes two putts to hole out, and tees off on the next hole. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-402)
  22. It is virtually certain that a player's tee shot is lost in a red penalty area. The player uses reasonable judgment to determine the estimated point where their original ball (ball A) last crossed the edge of the penalty area and drops a second ball (ball B) within two club-lengths of the reference point for the lateral relief option, not nearer the hole. After playing ball B, ball A is found outside the penalty area. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-405)
  23. A player plays a provisional ball into the same general location as the original ball and both balls are found. With no identifying marks on either ball, the player is unable to distinguish the original ball from the provisional ball. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-491)
  24. A player searches for their ball for two minutes and declares it lost. As the player is walking back to play again from the spot of the previous stroke, the original ball is found within the three-minute search period. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-94)