Just as a hypothetical, if part of the ball is below ground level as described and a gust of wind blows the flag so that the ball pops out and finishes an inch away, was the ball holed with the previous stroke?
I can imagine the conversation with the rules committee saying "we all saw it, the ball was clearly stationary partially in the hole and then the flag moved and it popped out" and various lesser degrees of certainty down to "I think I saw my ball partially in the hole but it popped out".
Good question and it would/could only come into play on a really windy day, for instance. ( realistic if you're playing on King Island )
Should the rule be expanded to stop the gcuts type of scrutiny and either the ball has to be fully below the ground, like before ?
Or should there be a time frame of, say 3 to 5 seconds that the ball must stay in the same position before being removed ? Would that then give other fellow players the chance to assess if the ball is actually stable and some part of it is holed ?
ps: still waiting for an apology.