When I played golf for Scotland at international level, one of the first things about matchplay that I learned was to never expect or take for granted that a putt has been conceded. Always be absolutely sure of the concession before lifting your ball. If in doubt, ask your opponents.
I also learned that when conceding a putt, you should pick up the ball and hand it to your opponent. That way, you avoid any misunderstandings, and it is a very friendly way to play the game, even in highly competitive settings.
When you play matchplay with your buddies, just be sure that your putt has been conceded before you scoop up your ball, and when conceding a putt be very clear that it is conceded. This will help avoid any issues.
Obviously, at yesterday’s Solheim Cup, Alison Lee believed she heard that the putt had been conceded and what followed was unfortunate.
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