Judy and Terry are playing in a tournament. On the second hole, Terry strokes his ball toward the water hazard. Without virtual certainty, he believes the ball is in the hazard. He plays another ball from where he stroked the original ball. He then finds the original ball outside the hazard. He decides to play the original ball. Judy says Terry is not allowed to play the original ball and the second ball played is in play under penalty of stroke and distance. Is she correct?
Rule 24-1a and the definition of Lost Ball indicate the original ball is lost and the other ball is in play under stroke and distance penalty. See USGA Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2014-2015, 26/6. Judy is correct.
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