Originally Posted by blue note
You were 100% right not to claim the hole that way. As you say, if anything it improved your lie. It would be different if it advantaged them or disadvantaged you. Winning is no fun on a technicality. Whenever we even talk about winning, earning it is implied in it.
I lost a matchplay where our opponents claimed the 16th hole because I touched the ground when giving him the line for a putt. Apparently hovering is fine, but touching is not. I'd never heard of the rule and wasn't annoyed at the time, but afterwards when I thought about it I realised he read a dick for calling it. Putting myself in his shoes, I'd never want to win a match like that.
And it was an outrageously high standard game for our handicaps. We were all off low teen handicaps. I'd three birdies on the 18 holes. My playing partner had 2. After going 1 down on 16 we parred the next to go back all square. Then 3 of the fourball birdied the last to bring it to a playoff. Then my partner birdied the first to tie the hole (was giving their guy a shot). Then I three putted from about 10 feet on the last for bogey to lose. In fairness, it was a treacherous putt, you couldn't stop it near the hole.
But in what was a really great match, the guy claiming a hole for me breaking a rule I hadn't heard of, giving us no real advantage sticks in my memory.
It definitely feels like a dick move, but golf is all about the honour blah blah blah which you already know.
In any kind of a formal match, if an opponent noted that I had broken a rule, rather than blaming him for calling it I’d not want to win the hole in breach of a rule and I’d happily concede. It’s 100% your fault for not knowing it.
If it were a gang of lads playing a fourball for a fiver or as part of a trip or a society Ryder cup or whatever, I’d see that as being less officious.
I didn’t really play much golf as a kid, was playing in my GAA clubs classic as a 11-12 year old and my ball was at the edge of a clump of trees. One branch was hanging down which stopped me having a full swing at the ball, so I slightly bent it to hook it around another branch and went to take my shot. Hit a wonder shot to a few feet and instead of celebrating my neighbour who invited me said it was a penalty and replay the shot. So instead of having a tap in for my first ever birdie I was hacking out and taking a 7 or something. Though I was annoyed as **** at the time, and it was a dick move to wait until I’d hit to tell me, I’m glad my first ever birdie Isn’t tainted knowing I’d cheated, even if I didn’t know the rule