|Player A’s ball in the general area is accidentally picked up by Player X in another group playing a different hole. She retrieves the ball from Player X, estimates where the ball originally lay and drops the ball on that spot. The dropped ball rolls about 6 inches from where the ball touched the ground. Did she proceed correctly?|
No. The player was required to replace the original ball by placing the ball on its original or estimated spot. Unless she corrects the mistake as allowed by Rule 14.5a by placing the ball on the estimated spot before playing the ball, Player A gets a loss of hole penalty in match play or a two-stroke penalty in stroke play. The incorrect procedure and playing from a wrong place are related acts - see Rule 1.3c(4) and Interpretation 14.2b(2)/1.