Rule: 1-4/3: Flagstick Stuck into Green Some Distance from Hole by Practical Joker

Q: A practical joker removes the flagstick from the hole and sticks it into the putting green some distance from the hole. The players approaching the green are unaware of this action and they play towards the flagstick and not the hole. Do the players have the option to replay?

A: No. In equity (Rule 1-4), the players must accept the resultant advantage or disadvantage.