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A lot of weird and wonderful things can happen on a golf course, but what if your ball is overhanging the very edge of the hole and could still drop in? Find out here.
What's The Ruling When Your Ball Is Overhanging The Hole
Putting is one of the most important aspects of golf. It can be the difference between winning a competition and losing it.
Many things can happen on the course, but one rare sighting is when your ball comes to rest overhanging the hole, either from a chip or a putt.
There have been instances of this happening though. At the 1990 English Open, Sam Torrance's ball came to rest next to the hole for 26 seconds before dropping in.
At the 2021 WGC-Match Play, Tony Finau's putt took over 10 seconds before it dropped into the hole for a birdie.
But, what is the ruling for when this happens? Is there a set amount of time you can dither before the ball has to drop or you tap it in?
Well, according to rule 13.3a: If any part of a player’s ball overhangs the lip of thehe player is allowed a reasonable time to reach the and ten more seconds to wait to see whether the ball will fall into the . If the ball falls into the in this waiting time, the player has with the previous .
However, if the ball does not fall into the one penalty stroke added to the score for the hole.in this waiting time, the ball is treated as being at rest. If the ball then falls into the before it is played, the player has with the previous , but gets
Expanding on that, rule 13.3b states: If a ball is overhanging theis lifted or before the waiting time has ended, the ball is treated as having come to rest, the ball then must be on the lip of the and the waiting time no longer applies to the ball.
Interestingly, if yourin or another player in deliberately lifts or the player’s ball overhanging the before the waiting time has ended, then in , the player’s ball is treated as with the previous , and there is no penalty to the
Whilst in . Then the ball must be (two penalty strokes) on the lip of the ., the player who lifted or the ball gets the
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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