My understanding is that the idea of a provisional is to save time and should be struck up to the point of where the ball may be found? Does the fact that the provisional was found and picked up effect this? Given that clearly at this point the idea of the provisional is no longer to save time? I would have thought that if the provisional is played a second time it should be continued to be played until the point in which it would be reasonable to look for the original ball?
The provisional was not lost and was just picked up as my opponent didn't want to play it. To me this is using the rules both ways by this I mean if you are going to play the provisional a second time to save time (reasonable and allowed) you should play it a third time and not pick it up when you have only hit it a couple of yards in front into a bad lie. As surely this defeats the point of the time and distance rules.