TAKING RELIEF FROM THE CART PATH Dave asks: Q. A player’s ball lies in a lateral hazard along the right side of the fairway in close proximity to the cart path. The player is required to stand on the cart path to swing at his ball. Is he entitled to relief from the cart path when his ball lies in a hazard? A. Rule 24-2 (immovable obstructions) prohibits a player from taking relief from the cart path when the ball lies in a lateral water hazard.
MOVEMENT OF THE BALL MARKER Joyce asks: Q. Player A asked Player B to press down her ball marker on the putting green. In the process the ball marker stuck to the bottom of her putter. She replaced the ball marker as close as
possible to its original position. Is a penalty incurred? A. Decision 20-1/6 is applicable. In this case, the movement of the ball marker was directly attributable to the specifi c act of marking the position of the ball. Accordingly, no penalty is incurred and the ball or the ball marker must be replaced. If the spot where the ball or the ball marker lay is not known, it must be placed as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole (Rule 20-3c).
PRACTICE STROKES AFTER HOLE IS CONCEDED Brendan asks: Q. In match play, the player conceded the hole to her opponent. The opponent wished to continue play of the hole for practice. Is this permitted? A. Rule 7-2 states that strokes made after the result of the hole has been determined are not practice strokes. A player may choose to complete the play of the hole after the result has been decided.
INFLUENCING THE MOVEMENT OF A BALL IN MOTION Paul asks: Q. In stroke play, Player A’s ball is on the putting green. Player B chips and while his ball is in motion, Player C marks and lifts Player A’s ball so that Player B’s ball will not strike it. Is Player C allowed to do this?
A. Player C incurs a two-stroke penalty for violation of Rule 16-1b for lifting a ball that might infl uence the movement of the ball in motion.
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