The Three Stooges (Curly Howard, Moe Howard and Larry Fine, as pictured from left to right)decide to go out and play a round of individual stroke play after ringing in the New Year. Not only are they clueless about most everything, they also have no clue regarding the Rules changes for 2019. See if you can help them by making the correct rulings for the following situations:
- At the first hole, Moe’s drive hooks into the woods lining the left side of the fairway, so he announces that he will play a provisional ball.Before doing so, he notices that his adjustable driver is set on “D” to promote a draw, so he adjusts the driver to the “N” setting to promote a straighter trajectory. He then drives the provisional ball down the middle of the fairway where it ends up about the same distance from the hole as the original ball. He plays the provisional ball before commencing the search for the original ball which he quickly finds in bounds. He finishes the hole with the original ball, abandoning play of the provisional ball. Before teeing off on the next hole, Moe adjusts his driver back to the “D” setting. How many penalty strokes has Moe incurred in this scenario: (a) 0 (b) 1 (c) 2 (d) 3 (e) 4 or (f) Moe is disqualified.
- At the 4thhole, Larry’s drive ends up where he has stance interference from a cart path. Using his 7-iron, the club he would have used for his next stroke had there been no interference from the cart path, he correctly determines, and places a tee at, the nearest point of complete relief. With that as the reference point, he measures one club-length no nearer the hole using his 7-iron and places a second tee at that point. He sees a scuff mark on his ball on the cart path so, without announcing to the other Stooges, he gets another ball out of his bag and drops it from knee-height about 3-inches beyond the second tee, i.e., further from the reference point. That ball comes to rest on the cart path. Instead of re-dropping that ball, he gets another ball out of his bag which he again drops about 3-inches beyond the second tee, and that ball comes to rest nearer the hole than the reference point. At that point, Moe hands Larry a ball which he places on the spot where the second ball first struck the course when it was dropped. How many penalty strokes has Larry incurred in this scenario: (a) 0 (b) 1 (c) 2 (d) 3 (e) 4 or (f) Larry is disqualified.
- Curly tees up a ball on a par-3 and, playing the stooge, he tries to play the stroke with the clubhead turned around.The ball caroms sideways off the back of the clubhead and hits his foot before it comes to rest in a divot hole within the teeing area. He picks up the ball, replaces the missing divot, and presses it down before teeing another ball just behind the replaced divot. He then successfully plays his next stroke which lands on the green. How many penalty strokes has Curly incurred in this scenario: (a) 0 (b) 1 (c) 2 (d) 3 (e) 4 or (f) Curly is disqualified.