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#1 grlichti



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Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:51 AM

If two balls come to rest touching, or close enough together that the player who hits first will move the other ball, what is the proper ruling? Mark?

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:54 AM

player closest to the hole marks and lifts his ball. He is unable to clean it, thus why you see most guys in this situation hold the ball gently with two fingers, don't pocket it, or hand it to the caddie.


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:42 AM

This happened to me recently during a friendly round, but we were about a yard off of the fairway in a thick patch of rough.  Neither of us had good lies.  He was away and my ball was just an inch or two directly in his line.  We weren't sure what to do, so I marked and lifted after he said he couldn't swing without hitting my ball.  We were having such a close round that I thought it was only fair to recreate my poor lie rather than drop or just rest it on top of the grass, so that's what I did.  Did we make the right call?

In regards to grlichti's original question, what if the player who hits first makes a divot?  Does it matter that the lie of the person who marked has now changed?


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:47 AM

The second player to hit is entitled to the same conditions that existed prior to the first player hitting. So, if you're playing with Ian Woosnam, the rules allow you to as near as is possible recreate the original lie - i.e. the ball can be replaced as close as is possible to the original position and in a spot that best allows the original lie to be replicated. Practically speaking, this means that you are allowed to move it slightly so as to not have the divot that's just been taken interfering with the shot.

Edited by mat562, 29 March 2009 - 09:50 AM.


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