I'm sure most of you saw it, but Steve Stricker made what I believe to have been a mistake, and provided a good lesson on being aware of the rules during the John Deere classic.
It was a drivable par 4, and he lost his tee shot way to the right in some knee-high fescue. He did hit a provisional, but after the ball was found, the rules official determined the ball was embedded and he was entitled to relief.
When he took the embedded ball relief, he dropped the ball at the same spot, and of course it sunk 3 feet down in the tall grass. At this point he decided to take an unplayable. Two club-lengths wasn't going to buy him anything, so his only option was to trek about 60 yards up a steep hill to the #13 tee box. He dropped there on a line extended between the pin and where the ball had lain.
Now, Steve Stricker being Steve Stricker, he pulled off an incredible wedge shot and made the putt for par. However, he was very close to being blocked by a tree, and I'm sure the first thought in his head was not, "I know - I'll take an unplayable and drop way up there." He was very close to being completely screwed.
I suspect that if he had it to do over again without knowing the eventual result, he would have either quickly played his provisional before his original was found, or declared the original unplayable initially without taking the embedded ball relief and replayed from the tee.
Did that thought occur to anyone else?