You probably can’t get more unlucky than this on the golf course – a stick is stops the golf ball from falling into the hole.
A member at Mossman Golf Club in Port Douglas got the worst break we’ve seen in some time during a round on Sunday, and we’re still not entirely sure what the ruling is.
The golf ball is resting against a twig which is preventing it from falling into the hole. It’s not clear from the photo if the twig is resting against the flagstick here but our suspicion is that the ball cannot be considered in the hole and is deemed at rest. It will need to be marked and replace as near as possible to the edge of the hole.
The decisions as part of Rule 16-2 Ball Overhanging Hole go some way to helping out with this decision but we’d still love to hear from some accredited Golf rules officials on this one.
Under Rule 16-2, if a ball falls into the hole after it is deemed to be at rest, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last stroke and he shall add a penalty stroke to his score for the hole. In this case, when the player marked the position of the ball it must have been at rest. The ball must be considered to have been at rest when it was replaced; otherwise, it would have to be replaced again (Rule 20-3d).
Accordingly, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last stroke and must add a penalty stroke to his score for the hole.
Tip of the hat to Inside Golf FB page for pointing this one out to us.