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Subject: Re: Honesty Taken To Unheard-Of Level Date: 11/22/2008 8:46 PM
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*That in and of itself is a violation of PGA rules. He's required to use the same type of ball during the entire round. Whether the ball was a prototype shouldn't have made a difference.*


The above statement is incorrect. Unless the tournament rules committee invokes a "local rule" requiring the playing of one ball only during an 18 hole round, a player can use as many different balls he or she wants as long as the replacement is performed at an appropriate time. An appropriate time would be "between holes" or any time if the ball "in play" was deemed "unfit for play".

In additon, Rule 5-1 reads, "The ball the player plays must conform to the requirements specified in Appendix III.

Note: The Committee may require, in the conditions of a competition (Rule 33-1), that the ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the United States Golf Association. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 5-1: Disqualification."

So in fact, per USGA rules,a player can use any number of balls during a round of golf as long as it is a "conforming ball". If it's not, the player must disqualify themselves.
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