Golfin’ with Fun Guy

February 24, 2009 by  

I don't deal in no mushroomsDear Tony,

On a recent round I found my ball resting up against the stem of a large mushroom. I didn’t know what to do.

When I addressed the my ball, I discovered that I couldn’t see it because it was hidden under the mushroom cap. I didn’t know if I would be able to remove the mushroom without a penalty or take a free drop cause I couldn’t see the ball.

Outside of eating the mushroom, what was the best thing to do?

Mario in the Sky with Diamonds

Dear Mario in da Sky,

Let’s just say in a situation like dat, you are up Sheetz Creek, and you ain’t holdin’ no paddle, my friend.

According to Rule 12-1 you are not entitled to see your ball when making a stroke. No entitlements (unless you’re Tony S). Since the funghi was fixed and growing it wasn’t a loose impediment, like a dead body on the course. Therefore you can’t move it.

Either play the ball or take two strokes, one for you and one for the penalty.

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