1. When three players play against each other, each playing his own ball, the match is called a three-ball match.

2. When one player plays his ball against the best ball of two or more players, the match is called a best ball match.

3. When two players play their better ball against the better ball of two other players, the match is called a four-ball match.

General

Rule 1

Any player may have any ball in the match lifted or played, at the option of its owner, if he consider that it might interfere with or be of assistance to a player or side.

Rule 2

If a player's ball move any other ball in the match, the moved ball must be replaced as near as possible to the spot where it lay, without penalty.

Rule 3

Through the green a player shall incur no penalty for playing when an opponent should have done so, and the stroke shall not be recalled.

On the putting-green the stroke may be recalled by an opponent, but no penalty shall be incurred.

Three-Ball Matches

Rule 4

During a three-ball match if no player is entitled at a teeing - ground to claim the honor from both opponents, the same order of striking shall be followed as at the last teeing - ground.

Rule 5

In a three-ball match, if a player's ball strike, or be stopped, or moved by an opponent or an opponent's caddie or clubs, that opponent shall lose the hole to the player. As regards the other opponent the occurrence shall be treated as a rub of the green.

Best Ball And Four-Ball Matches

Rule 6

Balls belonging to the same side may be played in the order the side deems best.

Rule 7

If a player's ball strike, or be stopped, or moved by an opponent, or an opponent's caddie or clubs, the opponent 's side shall lose the hole.

Role 8

If a player's ball (the player being one of a side) strike, or be stopped by himself, or his partner, or either of their caddies or clubs, only that player shall be disqualified for that hole.

Rule 9

If a player play a stroke with his partner's ball, and the mistake be discovered and intimated to the other side before an opponent has played another stroke, the player shall be disqualified for that hole, and his partner shall drop a ball as near as possible to the spot from which his ball was played, without penalty. If the mistake be not discovered till after the opponent has played a stroke, the player's side shall lose the hole.

Rule 10

In all other cases where a player would, by the Rules of Golf, incur the loss of the hole, he shall be disqualified for that hole, but the disqualification shall not apply to his partner.