Yesterday 2 golfers - Furyk and Hoch - were involved in a playoff. They had both hit to the green. Furyk was about 6-8 feet away, and Hoch was maybe 10’ out. Hoch, who was away, complained that it was too dark for him to accurately read the putt. The playoff was postponed until 8:00 Eastern time this a.m.
My question is, how did they mark the location of their balls? Generally golf courses cut the greens first thing in the morning before play. And I’m sure pros would not play on greens that had not been cut.
However they marked the balls would have had to be in a way that did not disturb the mower, or that would not be disturbed BY the mower. So it doesn’t seem coins would work great. And given the anal rules concerning precision replacement of a marked ball, inability to fix minor green imperfections such as spike marks, etc., it seems the officials would be very interested in the balls being replaced as precisely as possible.
Something with cameras or lasers maybe? Or just intense visual scrutiny? You CAN move your mark laterally, to get it out of your opponent’s line. So they could have mowed the green with the golfers present. They could have moved their ballmarks when the mower came to that precise strip, and then replaced them.
I’m assuming the club provided security to make sure some joker didn’t move the marks overnight?
For that matter, how do they mark balls elsewhere on the course when a round is called on account of weather?
BTW - the playoff has ended. This link discusses who won.