31 Oct '14, 6pm

What happens if your shot disappears under a mower? The Rules guy knows all!

What happens if your shot disappears under a mower? The Rules guy knows all!

Dear Rules Guy: My shot rolled left of the cart path and into the rough. A lawn mower then ran over my ball, which disappeared. Deciding that the mower was an outside agency, I didn't take a penalty. But my opponent said my ball was lost, and that the penalty should be stroke and distance. Who's right? -- Chuck Sellner, via e-mail A: The mower -- whose operator no doubt accepted $20 from your opponent before the match -- is an outside agency. (Except for when it's parked in the maintenance shed, where it's an inside agency. Sorry, just a little rules humor.) According to Rule 18-1, if it's "virtually certain" that the mower moved the ball, you may take a free drop at the estimated spot where the ball came to rest. BRANCHING OUT Rules Man! I hacked at my ball in the rough underneath a tree, but my club caught a branch, and I missed the ball completely. I'd mangled the branc...

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