26-1/1 Meaning of ¡§Reasonable Evidence¡¨ in Rule 26-1
  • The term ¡§reasonable evidence¡¨ in Rule 26-1 is purposely and necessarily broad so as to permit sensible judgments to be reached on the basis of all the relevant circumstances of particular cases.
  • As applied in this context, a player may not deem the ball lost in a water hazard simply because one thinks the ball may be in the hazard.

  • The evidence must be preponderantly in favor of its being in the hazard.

  • Otherwise, the ball must be considered lost outside the hazard and the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.
  • Physical conditions in the area have a great deal to do with reasonable evidence

  • For example, if a water hazard is surrounded by a fairway on which a ball could hardly be lost, the existence of reasonable evidence that the ball is in the hazards would be more likely than if there was deep rough in the area.

  • Observing a ball splash in a water hazard would not necessarily provide reasonable evidence as splashing balls sometimes skip out of hazards.

  • It would depend on all the circumstances.