26 May '11, 7pm

Rules: Abandonment issues: Remember these rules before declaring a ball lost

Rules: Abandonment issues: Remember these rules before declaring a ball lost

Say you hit a lousy tee shot on a par 3 that soars into the trees. Thinking it might be gone for good, you hit a provisional that comes to rest five feet from the cup. I bet I know what you're thinking. Do you have to look for your first ball, or can you just say, "It's lost," and play the provisional? And what happens if you declare it lost, but someone finds it before you play your next shot? The first thing to remember is that you don't need to search for your original ball. But it's not considered lost if anyone finds it before you play the next shot with your provisional ball, from a spot nearer the holeā€”and the five-minute search period hasn't expired (Decision 27-2b/1 ). In the par-3 scenario described earlier, if you want to abandon your poor tee shot, play the provisional before the first ball can be found within the five-minute window. At five feet, it's closer t...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2011-06/kaspriske-rule...

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