Hi guys, hoping I can get some help with a story I got told on the weekend.
Players ball was in casual water. He retrieved his ball from the water, identified his nearest point of relief behind and dropped the ball within 1 club length of this point. At no stage during this process did the player use a marker to mark the original location of the ball or to measure the 1 club length area they could drop in.
The story goes that a player from another group saw these events unfold and then after reporting to the committee the player was disqualified. The reason was for not marking the ball or having an observer witness the drop.
I’ve been looking through the rules and I can’t find an exact reference to either of these. Rule 20-1 mentions “The position of a ball must be marked before it is lifted under a Rule that requires it to be replaced”. In the context above, the ball isn’t being replaced, it is being moved and re-dropped somewhere else.
Rule 20-2( mentions where to drop, but does not refer to any form of markers that must be used.
I’m not sure if I’m missing something here, but was the player in breach of a rule in my scenario above?