I am giving a chance to the Rules of Golf haters to have a blast this week.
- The player hits his ball in a palm tree.
- The Marshall hears the ball hitting the tree but did not see it.
- Arriving at the site, the player sees a ball and the official with binoculars sees a Calloway # 3, the same kind and number used by the player.
- The player had put on his ball distinctive marks (line and dots) but those marks could not be seen with the binoculars.
DECISION: The player had to declare his ball lost and returned to the tee.
RULE: A player must always identify his ball not only with the brand name and number but also he must identify any personal marks on his ball. If one of those identification marks is missing, the player must consider his ball lost.
ADVICE: Make sure you put an identification mark that is big enough. Duffy Waldorf understands that rule.
Source: Professional Golf Referees Association (PGRA)