The Rules Guy
Monday, July 30, 2012
Rules Guy,
I hit a tee shot into the deep rough and around a blind corner on a long par 4. I found my ball relatively easily, and walked up a few feet to get a better look at the green. On my way back to the ball, however, I lost my place for a minute and ended up kicking it from the ball’s place in the rough. Not only did the ball end up about 5 feet away, but the grass where it had been was pretty well mangled by my spikes. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I followed my instincts, thinking that since my original lie was messed up, there was no reason to replace the ball where it had landed, so I simply played it from where it ended up after my foot wedge and took a one-stroke penalty. Did I get it right or did my instincts fail me?

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