I tee it up and drill it deep into the trees (not out of bounds, and not a hazard)… I decide that a provisional is a good idea, so I tee up another and hit that down the fairway.
We go off to look for the first one and…
1a) The first ball is not found, I MUST play my provisional and the next shot will be my fourth?
1b) The first ball is found, but is not playable. I can take a drop two club lengths with a one-stroke penalty, or I can replay the shot (ie go back to the tee), but I CANNOT use the provisional?
There was a situation in the U.S. Open several years ago, where the greens were shaved so thin and dried up so much that the ball would not come to rest when putted up to the hole. It was similar to mini-golf putt-the-ball-in-the-clown’s-nose.
More than one player watched their putt go up the hill, stop and roll right back down to their feet. Out of frustration, the second time they stopped the ball from rolling back with their foot!
2a) What is the penalty for this?
2b) Could there be a (more severe) penalty for intentionally breaking the rules like this?