Ruling of the Day - Friday 20th July
One of the more unusual rulings on the first two days came on the 13th hole of the second round when the ball of England's Matt Wallace came to rest just off the edge of the green.
When Padraig Harrington then played his ball out of the bunker, his shot caused sand to be deposited around Wallace’s ball. Normally, sand and loose soil lying off the putting green cannot be removed as it is only considered to be a loose impediment when lying on the putting green.
However, as a player is entitled to the lie and line of play that he had when his ball came to rest, the referee clarified to Wallace that he was allowed to remove the sand deposited by Harrington’s bunker shot. Had he wanted, Wallace would also have been allowed to mark, lift and clean the sand from his ball. This is as clarified by Decision 13-2/8.5.
Matt Wallace made par on the 13th hole and completed his debut at The Open with a +4 total, to miss the cut by just one stroke.