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Garcia & McIlroy USA win 1UP Bradley & Mickelson McIlroy & Garcia A/S Walker & Fowler
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The fact that he considered declaring it unplayable was the prompt. In the event it was a red herring.
If you had been able to play it onto the path you wouldn't get an unplayable penalty.
Could you have chipped the ball from the bush onto the path?
Rule 24-2b Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if (a) interference by anything other than an immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable or (b) interference by an immovable obstruction would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.   In this case was the stroke from the bush unreasonable?
*PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.*If a player who is required to replace a ball fails to do so, or if he makes astroke at a ball substituted under Rule 18 when such substitution is not permitted, he incurs the general penalty for breach of Rule 18, but there is no additional penalty under this Rule.
 It is no different. The player simply didn't know the rule so he chose to play under 3-3.
 Note: If the competitor takes further action before dealing with the doubtful situation, Rule 3-3 is not applicable. The score with the original ball counts or, if the original ball is not one of the balls being played, the score with the first ball put into play counts, even if the Rules do not allow the procedure adopted for that ball. However, the competitor incurs no penalty for having played a second ball, and any penalty strokes incurred solely by playing that ball...
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