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Disputes and Decisions

Claims and Penalties
a. Match Play
If a claim is lodged with the Committee under Rule 2-5, a decision should be given as soon as possible so that the state of the match may, if necessary, be adjusted. If a claim is not made in accordance with Rule 2-5, it must not be considered by the Committee.
There is no time limit on applying the disqualification penalty for a breach of Rule 1-3.

b. Stroke Play
In stroke play, a penalty must not be rescinded, modified or imposed after the competition has closed. A competition is closed when the result has been officially announced or, in stroke play qualifying followed by match play, when the player has teed off in his first match.

Exceptions: A penalty of disqualification must be imposed after the competition has closed if a competitor:

(i) was in breach of Rule 1-3 (Agreement to Waive Rules); or

(ii) returned a score card on which he had recorded a handicap that, before the competition closed, he knew was higher than that to which he was entitled, and this affected the number of strokes received (Rule 6-2b); or

(iii) returned a score for any hole lower than actually taken (Rule 6-6d) for any reason other than failure to include a penalty that, before the competition closed, he did not know he had incurred; or

(iv) knew, before the competition closed, that he had been in breach of any other Rule for which the penalty is disqualification.

Referee’s Decision
If a referee has been appointed by the Committe e, his decision is final.

Committee’s Decision
In the absence of a referee, any dispute or doubtful point on the Rules must be referred to the Committee, whose decision is final.

If the Committee cannot come to a decision, it may refer the dispute or doubtful point to the Rules of Golf Committee of the R&A, whose decision is final.

If the dispute or doubtful point has not been referred to the Rules of Golf Committee, the player or players may request that an agreed statement be referred through a duly authorised representative of the Committee to the Rules of Golf Committee for an opinion as to the correctness of the decision given. The reply will be sent to this authorised representative.

If play is conducted other than in accordance with the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Golf Committee will not give a decision on any question.

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  1. By Golf Rules and Decisions on March 19, 2009 at 7:57 am

    […] 1. The Game 2. Match Play 3. Stroke Play 4. Clubs 5. The Ball 6. The Player 7. Practice 8. Advice; Indicating Line of Play 9. Information as to strokes taken 10. Order of Play 11. Teeing Ground 12. Searching for and Identifying Ball 13. Ball Played as it Lies 14. Striking the Ball 15. Substituted Ball; Wrong Ball 16. The Putting Green 17. The Flagstick 18. Ball at Rest Moved 19. Ball in motion deflected or stopped 20. Lifting, dropping, and placing; playing from the wrong place 21. Cleaning the ball 22. Ball Assisting or Interfering with Play 23. Loose Impediments 24. Obstructions 25. Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball, and Wrong Putting Green 26. Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards) 27. Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball 28. Ball unplayable 29. Threesomes and foursomes 30. Three-Ball, Best-Ball and Four Ball Match Play 31. Four-Ball Stroke Play 32. Bogey, Par and Stableford Competitions 33. The Committee 34. Disputes and Decisions […]