There are many rules in Match Play that are not known to golfers. In your respective clubs you play matches often in a season.
We have match play in singles and also we see team competitions. Four-Ball is the most common. It is also possible to play three-Balls competition like in Interclubs. A player has 3 different opponents.
During the next weeks, I will try to explain some of the basic rules.
AGREEMENT TO WAIVE RULES
This is the rule most commonly breached in Match Play and the penalty is DISQUALIFICATION. Here are some examples:
Ex.1: Before the start of the match, you agree with your opponent to concede all the putts under a fixed length and you start the match.
Ex.2: You decide with your opponent not to concede any putts and you start the match.
Ex.3: You agree with your opponent to repair any footprints in the bunkers before making a stroke and you start the match
Ex.4: During the match, you see your opponent in breach with a rule. You discuss the matter with him and decide not to give the penalty because that rule is ridiculous.
All those actions will bring a DISQUALIFICATION to both players
HOLE # 1
SINGLE MATCH PLAY
The starting time is set at 09H00 for the match between Eddy and Jack
-1 Eddy arrives at the tee at 09H02 and Jack arrives at 09H04
-2 Eddy and Jack play the first hole and Eddy wins the hole when Jack conceded Eddy’s birdie
-3 Both player agree that Eddy won the first hole
-4 Before playing the next hole, Jack and Eddy talk to a rules official and explain to him what happened on the previous hole
-5 At the same time Eddy is made aware he has 15 clubs in his bag
What is the status of the match after the first hole?
HOLE # 1
FOUR-BALL MATCH PLAY
A and B play against C and Eddy in a team competition
A,B and C make hit their tee shots and Eddy arrives 3 minutes late. Eddy plays the hole and makes 3, the 3 other player make 6.
What is the decision?