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If the grass growing in the bunker are weeds you need to get a hold of the golf course superintendent first to get that stuff removed. However if the grass growing in the bunker is by design, the margins of a bunker extend vertically downward but not upward so a ball within the outer margins of a bunker but lying on grass growing in the bunker does not lie in the bunker. Therefore, the player may ground her club on the grass or the sand without penalty. She may also move loose impediments in the bunker without penalty. Keep in mind, if any part of the ball is touching the sand, the ball lies in the bunker.
Angel Cabrera finished out in both the final round and the playoff. However, in a playoff, if Player A lies 3 and has a short putt for 4 and Player B makes a putt for a 3 to win the playoff, Player A is not required to hole out.
When there is damage to a hole, try to remember these three steps and you’ll always get it right under the Rules.
Step 1 – Is the damage a ball mark? If yes, fix it and it’s over. If it’s not a ball mark, go to the next step.
Step 2 – Does the damage materially change the dimensions of the hole? If no, play without fixing the damage. It would be a sign of good etiquette to fix the damage once all have finished the hole. If yes, go to the next step.
Step 3 – Is a member of the committee readily available? If yes, ask them to fix the damage. If not, you may fix the damage.
You will find a detailed explanation of these three steps in Decision 16-1a/6. In the example you cited, unless the damage to the hole was significant, you would probably have to play without being able to fix the damage. By all means, please fix the damage after all in your group have finished the hole.
My first question; where is Player B when Player A is lining up Player B’s ball? She should be questioning why she sees only one ball on the green. Regardless, golf is a simple game. Once you have holed out, there is very little you can do to change that. The answer is found in the Decisions on the Rules of Golf, Decision 1-1/4: A.Since the play of the hole was completed when the original ball was holed (Rule 1-1), the player was not in breach of Rule 15-3 for subsequently playing a wrong ball.
A player lies 3 on the green. She removes a loose impediment and in doing so moves her ball. She replaces the ball and decides to mark, but not clean her ball.
She accidentally kicks her ball as she is lining up her putt. She again replaces her ball, marks it and now decides to clean it. She putts her ball and it overhangs the lip of the hole. She stares at the ball for a few seconds, then walks to the hole, waits 15 seconds and the ball falls into the hole. What is the player's score for the hole?
The total score is 6. There is no penalty for moving your ball on the green when you move a loose impediment. There is no problem for marking your ball and not cleaning it. Accidentally kicking your ball is a one stroke penalty and you must replace it. Marking your ball a second time and now cleaning it is not a violation. Once your ball overhangs the lip of the hole, a player has a reasonable amount of time to arrive at the hole plus an addition ten seconds. If the ball subsequently falls in the hole, it counts and an additional penalty stroke is added. So one stroke and two penalty strokes after the player already had played 3 to the green makes a total of 6 for the hole.
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If you had not addressed the ball and done nothing to cause it to move, you should have continued to play the ball from its new position without penalty.
The answer to your question can be found in a reading of Rule 11 and the definition of the Teeing Ground in the rule booklet. In summary the teeing ground is a two club-length area that is measured by the front and outside of the two tee markers. A ball is outside the teeing ground when all of it is outside the teeing ground. In other words the ball must be teed within the two club-length area to begin the play of the hole. The player need not be standing within that two club-length area when starting the play of the hole. Should the ball be outside the designated area Rule 11-4 clarifies the correct procedures in the various forms of play.