The case of the buried ball.
Today is February 14th, 2018 and we present The case of the buried ball – Rules & Etiquette Wednesday #75. A Golf Video Blog by Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School.
The case of the buried ball – Rule 12-1a
You are pretty sure that your ball went into the bunker, but no ball is to be seen. How do you find a buried ball that is so plugged so that you cannot see it? You are allowed to scrape away the sand until you find it.
Once you have found a ball, but cannot identify it as your own, you may lift the ball out of its position to correctly identify the ball. Once identified, place the ball back in the same condition that you found it. You may leave a part of the ball exposed before you play the shot, so you can see where the ball is located. (if playing it is what you have decided to do.)
At this point, you may also declare the ball unplayable, in which case you would proceed under the “ball unplayable in a hazard” rule. This has been covered in a recent post.
Source: Mel Sole Golf School