Nicklaus’ next shot also found the penalty area, but this time he had a more favorable lie. Under Rule 17.1a, “you may either play the ball as it lies without penalty or play a ball from outside the penalty area by taking penalty relief,” so Nicklaus elected to play his ball from the penalty area and was able to escape the hole with no further damage.

This hole is a great example of one hole and one penalty area, but the player choosing to use two different options afforded to him. And despite his two separate shots into the penalty area, Nicklaus was able to regroup and win the championship by three shots over Bruce Crampton.

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