Highly unlikely, but, its xmas so lets stretch the rules gurus.
Player hits his ball into a partially dried out hazard where his ball sits on the mud, he proceeds to hit it with an almighty swing which fires the ball (unknown to him) 100mtrs onto the green. There was another ball buried under his ball which hits the bank directly in front of him and rebounds to the same spot. Assuming it is his he rehits it. What is the ruling?
Firstly, there is no penalty for hitting the buried ball. He did not intend to hit it and so has not made a stroke at it. [Decision 15/2]
A 2 stroke penalty for playing a wrong ball when he plays the ball that was dislodged - as POM says. At whatever point he realises the ball he is playing is the wrong ball he must abandon it, find his original ball and play it as it lies (on the green in this instance). None of the strokes played with the wrong ball are counted, just the 2 penalty strokes.
Edited by ColinCL, 23 December 2016 - 01:38 AM.