Glad the OB local rule option is off the table. Does not belong in this type of tournament, regardless of what your handicap is.
As far as the 9stroke rule is concerned, I really don’t like it but it is what it is. And, again, does not matter what handicap a player is playing to…all of us should be playing to the same set of rules. I could easily see someone getting beat by a player who had that one horrendous hole (or would have had) but he gets to pick his ball up at 9. Very easy for even a really good player to have 3 super rounds, be in contention and have a huge blow up hole and finish out of the top 5. This rule might keep him in.