Continuing a tradition began in 2015, we present our second annual Rules Quiz. The questions are complex requiring a nuanced command of the Rules of Golf. The quiz also requires a Decisions on the Rules of Golf book (available on USGA.org). Some of the questions pertain to new rules and decisions implemented for 2016.
1. In singles match play, in a competition where distance-measuring devices are not permitted, a player holes his second stroke from the fairway. In his excitement, he pulls out a distance-measuring device and measures the distance for his opponent’s second stroke from the fairway. Without being asked, he tells his opponent the yardage. His opponent plays the stroke and fails to hole out. When they reach the putting green, the opponent makes a claim. What is the ruling?
- (a) The player wins the hole.
- (b) The opponent wins the hole.
- (c) The hole is halved.
- (d) The player is disqualified for a breach of Rule 14-3.
2. A player is sharing his fellow-competitor’s towel and places it on the fringe near the putting green. He then hits his putt which rolls past the hole and onto the towel. Not knowing what to do, he plays the ball from off of the towel and into the hole. How many penalty strokes does the player incur?
- (a) 0.
- (b) 1.
- (c) 2.
- (d) 3.
3. In a 36-hole four-ball stroke-play competition, A and B are partners. On the 5th hole of the first round, A scores a 5 and B scores a 6, however, player A grounded her club in a bunker and did not include the penalty in her score because she did not know it was a penalty. A and B sign and return their score card with a 5 for A and a 6 for B. That evening, A learns that she should have incurred a penalty for grounding her club in the bunker and informs the Committee. What is the ruling?
- (a) The side scores a 6 for the hole.
- (b) The side scores a 7 for the hole.
- (c) The side scores a 9 for the hole.
- (d) The side is disqualified.
4. In individual stroke play, a player hits his tee shot toward a lateral water hazard. Solely in belief that the ball might be in the water hazard, he announces a provisional ball and plays it to the fairway. When he arrives at the hazard, he finds and picks up his ball in the water hazard and drops it in accordance with Rule 26-1b and plays it on to the putting green. He then picks up the second ball in the fairway, which was lying about 10 yards directly left of where he dropped, and completes the hole with two putts. What is his score for the hole?
- (a) 7.
- (b) 8.
- (c) 9.
- (d) If the player fails to correct his mistake prior to playing from the next teeing ground, he is disqualified.
5. A player hits her tee shot into a lateral water hazard directly adjacent to a bunker. Prior to dropping in the bunker within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard, the player removes twigs and leaves from the area in the bunker where she intends to drop the ball. She drops the ball and plays to the green. She then completes the hole with two putts. What is her score for the hole?
- (a) 5.
- (b) 6.
- (c) 7.
- (d) 8.
6. A player plays from the teeing ground into a water hazard. He decides to proceed under Rule 26-1b and drops a ball on a line keeping the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard between the flagstick and where the ball is dropped. The spot happens to be on the teeing ground. Without realizing this, he moves the ball out of a small depression and plays the ball from a new spot that is within the teeing ground. How many penalty strokes does the player incur?
- (a) 1.
- (b) 2.
- (c) 3.
- (d) The player is disqualified if he does not correct the mistake prior to playing from the next teeing ground.
7. A player’s tee shot comes to rest in a lateral water hazard in a playable position. The player plays the ball from in the hazard over the putting green and out of bounds. The player drops a new ball at the spot of his previous stroke. The dropped ball embeds so that it is nearly unplayable. How may the player proceed?
- (a) The player is entitled to relief for the embedded ball and he may proceed under Rule 25-2 without penalty by dropping the ball as nearly as possible to the spot where the ball embedded, no nearer the hole.
- (b) The player may put a ball into play from the teeing ground, incurring only one penalty stroke.
- (c) The player may declare the ball unplayable and proceed under any option under Rule 28 incurring a total of two penalty strokes.
- (d) The player may drop a ball from within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of the lateral water hazard on the tee shot, no nearer the hole, incurring a total of two penalty strokes.
8. A player’s tee shot on a long par-three comes to rest overhanging the lip of the hole. He marks, lifts and replaces the ball. Before he can remove the ball-marker but after the ball was at rest, a gust of wind blows the ball into the hole. He replaces the ball on the lip and taps it into the hole. What is his score for the hole?
- (a) 1.
- (b) 2.
- (c) 3.
- (d) 4.
9. In stroke play, a player uses a long putter and intentionally grabs his loose sweater in his gripping hand during multiple strokes, but does not press the hand or clothing directly against his body. What is the ruling?
(a) There is no penalty.
(b) The player incurs a single two-stroke penalty for the breach of Rule 14-1b.
(c) The player incurs a two-stroke penalty for each stroke made in breach of Rule 14-1b.
(d) The player is disqualified for a breach of Rule 14-3.