Playing a wrong ball was just a part of what David Duval called an “god-awful nightmare” at hole 7 during the first round of the recent The Open Championship… where he made a 14!
This is how you get a “14” on your scorecard:
- Duval played from the teeing area into the rough. He did not find the ball.
- He played again (third stroke) from the teeing area. Again into the rough and again he did not find it.
- Fifth stroke from the teeing area: Again towards the rough.
- He found a ball and played it. Unfortunately it turned out to be a wrong ball, and thus he incurred a two-stroke penalty (Rule 6.3c).
- He searched for the (right) ball in the rough but in vain (ball lost = a one stroke penalty).
- Back to the teeing area playing his eight (!) stroke.
- From there on he used six strokes.
- Hence, a 14!
Duval is a former champion of The Open (2001) but obviously is not playing that well anymore. Despite birdies on the first two holes Thursday, he scored 91. And after 78 Friday he of course missed the cut.
You can learn what the Rules of Golf say about playing a wrong ball in this video from “Oswald’s Golf Rules School”.