..... Lost Ball
Rule 27-1 and
Definition of Lost Ball, unless otherwise
Q1: Once a player has declared to a fellow
competitor that their ball is lost they may
always continue play with a provisional ball
that has been played or another ball.
A1: False. If
a player's original ball is found in bounds,
within the time permitted following search
beginning for it and before another ball has
been put into play, the player must continue
play with it, no matter what they have said
about the ball being lost.
Q2: What is the time limit permitted for a
player's side, or their caddies, to search
for a ball? a) 4 minutes b) 5 minutes. c)
There is no time limit, providing the player
does not unduly delay play.
A2: b) 5
Q3: If a ball cannot be found and a
provisional ball has not been played, the
player may drop a ball in the area where the
ball is thought to have been lost for a
penalty of two strokes.
The player must return to where they last
played from under penalty of stroke and
Q4: A player drives both their tee shot and
a provisional ball into dense trees and they
do not find either ball within the permitted
search time. How many strokes will they have
played when they put another ball into play
from the teeing ground?
Q5: Time spent in playing a wrong ball is
not counted in the time permitted for
search. True or False?
Q6: If a player makes a stroke at a
provisional ball from a point nearer to the
hole (point Y) than where their original
ball is likely to be (point X), that ball is
in play. True or False?
Q7: A player does not have to search for
their ball if they do not want to. True or
A7: True. But
if their ball is found within 5 minutes of
search beginning for it and before they have
put another ball in play they must continue
Q8: Which of the following statements is
incorrect? a) A player may take relief
without penalty for a ball lost in ground
under repair. b) A player may take relief
without penalty for a ball lost in casual
water. c) A player may not take relief
without penalty for a ball lost in an
A8: c) A
player may not take relief without penalty
for a ball lost in an obstruction. There is
relief without penalty for balls lost in
both abnormal ground conditions (Rule
25-1c), and obstructions (Rule 24-2).
Q9: If a player makes a stroke at a
substituted ball their original ball is
lost. True or False?