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6G

Committee Procedures
Making Cuts; Establishing Draws; Creating New Groups
Committee Procedures
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Section 6F
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6G
Making Cuts; Establishing Draws; Creating New Groups
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Making Cuts and Creating New Groups

For a competition played over multiple rounds, the Terms of the Competition may state that:

  • Players will be regrouped for later rounds based on their total score to that point.
  • The size of the field will be reduced for the final round or rounds (often called the "cut").

In both cases, the Committee should generate new groupings and publish them. It is customary for the players with the highest scores to tee off first and the players with the lowest scores to tee off last, although the Committee may choose to alter this.

The Committee can choose how to regroup players who finish with the same total score. For example, the Committee may decide that the first player to return a specific score will receive a later tee time than those who complete the round later with the same score.

If two tees are to be used for later rounds (for example, half the field starts on the first hole and the other half starts on the tenth hole), the Committee may decide to arrange the groups such that the players with the highest scores tee off last on one side (such as from the 10th tee) and the players with the lowest scores tee off last on the other side (such as the 1st tee). This results in the players in the middle of the field being the first to tee off on each tee.

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Dealing with Withdrawals and Disqualifications in Match Play

In match play, if a player withdraws or is disqualified from the competition before the start of his or her first match and the Committee has not specified how such a situation is dealt with in the Terms of the Competition, the Committee's options are as follows:

  • Declare the player's next opponent the winner by default, or
  • If the player withdraws before his or her first-round match:
    • If time permits, produce a new match-play draw, or
    • Replace the player with a player from the list of alternates or reserves, or
    • Where players have qualified through stroke play for the match-play competition, replace the player with the player who is now the final qualifier.
  • If the player withdraws or is disqualified after his or her first or subsequent match, the Committee could:
    • Declare the player's next opponent the winner by default, or
    • Require all players eliminated by the player in match play to play off for his or her position.

If both finalists in a match-play competition are disqualified, the Committee may decide to conclude the competition without a winner. Alternatively, the Committee could elect to have the defeated semi-finalists play a match to determine the winner of the competition.

If a player in a match-play competition is disqualified, the player should be entitled to any prize he or she won previously in the competition, for example, for winning the stroke-play qualifying competition.

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Dealing with Withdrawals and Disqualifications in Stroke Play

If a player withdraws or is disqualified before the first round in a competition (for example, due to failure to start on time), the Committee may replace the player with another player not currently in the field (often called an alternate or reserve) if one is available. Once the player has started his or her first round he or she should not be replaced.

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Qualifying for Match Play

When stroke-play qualifying is used to determine the draw(s) for match play, the Committee can choose to break ties for various positions in the draw randomly or by using a scorecard count-back or play-off. This should be specified in the Terms of the Competition.

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Misapplication of Handicap Affects Match-Play Draw

In a stroke-play qualifying round for a match-play competition, if the Committee misapplies a player's handicap on a scorecard which results in an incorrect draw, the Committee should deal with the matter in the fairest way possible. The Committee should consider amending the draw and cancelling the matches affected by the error.

If the error is discovered after the second round of the match play starts, it is too late to correct the draw.