Reasonable Evidence Definition
REASONABLE EVIDENCE: used to determine where a player's ball came to rest when the ball couldn't be found. Facts are considered to assist in making a sensible judgement. Consider the following: a player hits his ball over a hill towards a water hazard that could not be seen from where he played his shot. The player couln't find his ball. The facts are (i) his ball was headed in the direction of the water, (ii) there were no trees blocking the water hazard that might have deflected his ball, (iii) his fellow competitors in his group agreed the player's ball must have come to rest in the water hazard, and (iv) ripples of water could be seen as the players approaced the hazard. These facts preponderantly supported the facts, or there was reasonable evidence for the player to treat his ball as lost in the water hazard.
If there is not enough evidence to comfortably and confidently determine without a reasonable doubt where the ball was lost, the player must play according to the LOST BALL RULE.
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