Before the playoff for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, Bill Haas was joined on the practice range by his caddie and by his famous PGA player father Jay Haas. The TV sound picked up a little of the conversation, and it sounded like his Dad was giving some advice. Understandable, but did that breach Rule 8-1?
During a stipulated round, a player must not:
(a) give advice to anyone in the competition playing on the course other than his partner, or
(b) ask for advice from anyone other than his partner or either of their caddies.
The answer here is not one of location, as if someone could step over a boundary fence and claim not to be on the course in order to get advice. The answer has to be about whether advice was given during a stipulated round. Had Bill Haas finished his stipulated round or was it about to restart? If the second of these, should he have got advice during his waiting time?
If playoff holes are not part of a stipulated round, what are they? They could be an authorized shorter round (as allowed for in the Definitions) but would then be a separate stipulated round. If that is the case, then language of a match finishing on the 19th, 20th or 21st hole is inaccurate, and we should talk instead of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd hole of the extra (sudden-death) round.
Does anyone have clarity on this?