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Ok, I'll give you a quick summary.  The first rule of golf is "Play the course as you find it." Spikemarks, divots, leaves, trees are all part of the natural environment of a golf course and everyone has the same chance of being helped or harmed by them.Every square inch around every hole has spike marks on it.  If you allowed people to press down anything they thought was a spike mark, people would be pressing down a path from their ball to the hole on every putt.  If you...
The committee has lots of leeway to judge that a player has proceeded under 3-3 (if not, playing two balls is a penalty under either practice or delay).  It's clear enough that he intended to play under 3-3.   Having failed to declare which ball he wishes to count, the original ball counts IF(!!!) it is played according to the rules.  Since he played that ball from a wrong place, it was NOT played according to the rules.   Since the original ball is not played...
Repair of Hole Plugs, Ball Marks and Other Damage The player may repair an old hole plug or damage to the putting green caused by the impact of a ball, whether or not the player’s ball lies on the putting green.
If what you are saying that his club touched the grass lip of the bunker during his swing, then no penalty since it's not part of the bunker.
The OP doesn't make it clear whether this was match or stroke play.  In match play, if you tee off on the next hole before making a claim, it's too late.  If you're not sure, you've got to make a claim.
Only if they lie.  The rules assume no one lies.
Since not everyone has the rules of golf bookmarked, here's 13-4a (edited to only include the relevant parts):   13-4. Ball In Hazard; Prohibited Actions ..., before making a stroke at a ball that is in a hazard ...the player must not: a. Test the condition of the hazard or any similar hazard;
I would guess that this is a wetlands area with tall weeds.  That's pretty common.
Touching the ground with a club while the club is in your hand is grounding.  If you toss it in the hazard, that's not grounding as long as it's not in your hand when it touches the ground.
Without a local rule, that ball was in bounds.   However, when I wrote our local rules I added a statement that said if a ball crosses the road and ends up on the other side, it is out of bounds.   That's pretty typical.
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