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Don't know the complete answer, but I'll start with just Rule 4. The player begins his round with 15 clubs, one of which is non-conforming. This comes to light after the second hole. He did not make a stroke with the non-conforming club. On the first hole, he adjusts his 3 wood for his second shot; this is discovered by the opponent during play of the second hole. This player loses both of the first two holes. Here's my reckoning of the status of the match after two holes: lost 2 holes 2 down starting round with more than 14 clubs 4 down carrying, but not using non-conforming club 6 down adjusting club 8 down
. It is simply the nature of the game and how you win it: A match is won when one side leads by a number of holes greater than the number remaining to be played. If I’m 3 up on you after 16, I’m going for a self-congratulatory beer.