So witnessed this happen last weekend and was asked what the ruling was. As far as I could tell, the stroke would count (as it did for Sendon a few years back). This was overruled by a committee member when we made the turn and the direction was the stroke did not count.
I don't believe this scenario is covered specifically in the rules at all so the ruling i went by was the intent to make a stroke at the ball.
I believe i am correct but always nice to get opinions on these tricky ones.
Am i also correct in understanding that as per rule 6.2b (6) the player could have lifted and reteed his ball anywhere inside the teeing ground before he played his "2nd" shot?
(6) When Ball in Play Lies in Teeing Area. If the player’s ball in play is in the teeing area after a stroke (such as a teed ball after a stroke that missed the ball) or after taking relief, the player may:
- Lift or move the ball without penalty (see Rule 9.4b, Exception 1), and
- Play that ball or another ball from anywhere in the teeing area from a tee or the ground under (2), including playing the ball as it lies.