Ruling of the day Round 3
Despite another breezy day at Royal Troon, there were relatively few rulings on the third day of The 145th Open.
With gusts of up to 30mph forecast, the decision was taken not to cut the greens prior to the third round. There were a couple of balls moving early on in the round after they had come to rest, however in both cases a strong gust of wind was the cause and therefore there were no penalty to the player. The ball was simply played from where it now lay (Rule 18-2 and Decision 18-2/0.5).
One of the more quirky rulings of the day involved Gary Woodland on the 5th hole. Woodland’s ball had come to rest in a bunker where he found a10 pence coin lying close to his ball.
As the coin is a man-made object and is easily movable it is considered to be a movable obstruction by definition in the Rules of Golf. Woodland was therefore allowed to remove the coin from the bunker without penalty before playing his shot (Rule 24-1). Had the ball moved as a result of moving the coin, there would have been no penalty to the player as it was directly attributable to moving the coin. The ball must be replaced in these circumstances.