Giving your opponent the wrong information

2012-10-19 00:00

THIS week we take a look at the rules of golf in a match play situation. Golfers are aware of Rule 9 which refers to information as to the number of strokes taken. In match play Rule 9.2b states that a player must not give the wrong information to his opponent. If he does he loses the hole. The rule also mentions that the player is deemed to have given the wrong information if he fails to inform his opponent as soon as practicable that he has incurred a penalty.

Sam and Fred are playing a serious match where Fred hits his tee shot just short of a water hazard. Sam hits his ball into the hazard. When they arrive at the hazard, Fred asked Sam what he was going to do. Sam said he was going to drop out and take a one stroke penalty. Fred then played his second shot which was playing safe making sure that he could chip and putt for his par. Sam then changed his mind and elected to play the ball out of the hazard. Fred was upset and he accused Sam of giving the wrong information, contrary to Rule 9, and that he had lost the hole. The question is; did Sam give the wrong information? There is no doubt that Fred was influenced by what Sam said and played his shot believing that Sam would be hitting his third shot after dropping out of the hazard. The answer to the question is no. He didn’t give the wrong information, he just changed his mind. The order of play in match play is critical. The player who is away (furthest from the hole) must play first. There is no scorecard and pencil in match play; you just need a lower score on each hole than your opponent. If your opponent plays first, the result of his shot may have an affect on the way you play your next shot.

To ask an opponent what he is going to do is unusual but Sam could have replied that he didn’t know because it depended on what Harry did with his second shot. Sam would also be quite within the rules if he refused to answer that question.

From the 19th hole:

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