Well here we are again, travelling to the far reaches of the Earth to have a bizaare Rules Infraction. But unlike last month’s example, this one wasn’t at an exhibition, but the European Tour Finale, the Dubai World Championship.
Ian Poulter lost a chance at the Championship and an additional $400k when he accidentally dropped his ball on his ball marker while in the process of replacing his ball, causing the marker to move position.
According to Rule 20-1/15, ” accidental movement of the ball or the ball-marker which occurs before or after this specific act, such as dropping the ball or ball-marker, regardless of the height from which it was dropped, is not considered to be “directly attributable” and would result in the player incurring a penalty stroke.”
In my opinion, this Rules needs to be amended. After all, Rule 20-1 states “If a ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved in the process of lifting the ball under a Rule or marking its position, the ball or ball-marker must be replaced. There is no penalty, provided the movement of the ball or ball-marker is directly attributable to the specific act of marking the position of or lifting the ball.”
So you don’t get a penalty for clumsiness when marking your ball, but you do when replacing it? Seems a bit harsh to me…and I am not out $400,000!