I have a serious feud going with my brother who has issues with losing!
We play skins for a buck or two a hole. We had a threesome where he was down 4&5 going into the last hole (11th due to darkness) and we all went double or nothing. The hole is a 170 yard blind shot to the green that has a water hazard in front and a lateral hazard on the right side of the green. I hit what I thought was a nice shot with a left to right fade. It looked like it was going to land on the green but it hit the right side green support wall and went into the hazard (nobody could see this, but we heard it hit the wood support - my brother contends what we heard could have been the ball hitting a tree). There is no dispute that the ball went into the right lateral hazard.
The problem, it appeared to me that my shot clearly carried the green and then went into the hazard allowing me two club lengths relief no closer to the hole on the right side of the green. My brother claimed that as I cannot be certain of the point of entry, I need to play from in front of the water hazard. I disagreed and played close to the green, made my up and down which resulted in a push.
If there is a dispute on point of entry, how does that get resolved? I saw a similar situation in a pga event a few years back and it was the judgement of the golfer who played the shot that has final say on where they think the point of entry is. However, I cannot find a definitive rule on this. Does anyone have the answer to this?
As a last note, the third in our group also thought it went over the green (I don't think that matters at all but want to make clear it is a legitimate dispute over point of entry rather than ).
Edited by kinetiqueman - 8/6/11 at 10:37am