A real scenario which is causing a bit of discussion, so one for those who know the rules in depth. As follows:
A group of players are playing in a Stableford Competition. Half way down a hole, Player A declares that they cannot now score any Stableford points and therefore they have ‘completed the hole‘ (Rule 21.1b). However they then proceed to play out the rest of the hole ‘as practice’.
On the green, Player B putts and hits Player A’s ball. Both Player A and Player C agree that Player B has incurred a penalty of 2 strokes and must play their ball where it lies. Player B takes the putt from there and holes out to score one Stableford point, having included a 2 stroke penalty.
So the question:
As Player A’s ball was no longer “in play” is it considered to be a ball or a movable obstruction?
If it is a ball then the action taken was correct. However if it is a movable obstruction then the stroke should have been cancelled and replayed. As Player B did not do this they would have incurred a 2 stroke penalty for playing from the wrong place, and possibly an automatic zero points on the hole if this breach was “serious”.
Is the ball which is not in play but at rest on the green a “ball” or a “movable obstruction”? (Another scenario might be if a provisional ball was played on to the green and then the original ball was found).
Please let me know your thoughts and particularly if you can cite any rules, definitions, or clarifications which would help.