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FWIW most people think Rub of the Green more like you do, instead of what it actually means under the rules.   When placing or replacing the ball, the idea is to place it on a specific spot.   There are times when a placed ball will not stay on its spot.   If it will not "stay put" the following rule applies.  R20-3d   d. Ball Fails to Come to Rest on Spot   If a ball when placed fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, there is no penalty and the...
Just a couple of things.  Here's the definition of Rub of the Green.   Rub of the Green A “rub of the green’’ occurs when a ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency (see Rule 19-1).   Also, a ball embedded on the green is a ball sitting in its own pitch mark.  Under the rules (R16-1c) the ball would be marked, lifted, the pitch mark repaired, and the ball would be replaced. (no dropping)  An exception would be if it's a wrong putting...
What to do with ice is explained under the definition of Loose Impediments.   "Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player."  So, in a bunker you would treat natural ice as casual water.   Edit:  Also remember you are not allowed to touch or move loose impediments in a hazard, (when your ball is in the same hazard,) so it would be a penalty to consider ice or snow a loose impediments and remove.
 Sure, you can deem your ball unplayable any place on the course except in a water hazard.  You are the sole judge as to whether or not the ball is unplayable. Edit:  Oops, That's embarrassing.  See below.
 Way too cold to be playing golf. 
You see them a lot in transition zones (not warm enough for bermuda but really too hot for bent.), and warmer climates where bent grass is grown . (Stagnate warm, humid, air is extremely detrimental to the heath of bent grass.   We have a couple at our club.  Usually you see one fan per green, the fan oscillates back and forth.  Even the "permanent" fans can be removed, although most clubs just cover them for winter.   Clubs, like Valhalla, that have tournaments will...
  Original Ball = The original ball ( if it is one of the two balls played) OR the first ball put into play if the original ball is NOT one of the two balls played).
  No,  you do not play the ball where it ended up .  You must replace the ball......put it back.   Practice swings are not strokes.
  Correct, I said a bad thing earlier.
I looked at my "R3-3 charts".   Reading the OP's question, I would agree with others that R3-3 applies.  Rule 3-3 does tell you which ball counts if the player doesn't specify this before he does anything further.  Not specifying which ball the player wishes to count does not, by itself, disqualify the application of R3-3.     The OB was the ball lying on the green after it was struck by his putter. "Playing in accordance with the rules" means he was required to...
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