Yesterday, playing with a buddy, We had this par 4, where all along the left and the front of the tee box was water. I hit my drive to the left and we saw a SPLASH, in the bank, I figured that it was in the water. I hit a "provisional" with my tee ball and it ended up in the right bunker. We get up to look for the ball just in case, and there it lays, inches inside the hazard stake. What would be the correct play? I just learned yesterday that I should not have hit a provisional for that ball. CAN I legally hit the ball in the hazard, or do I have to play it as a stake and take my drop? Or do I get a penalty for hitting a provisional?
I'll let you guys answer and then I'll tell you how I proceeded.