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"Know The Rules" Question of the Month
What is the Penalty, if any?
A: One-Stroke Penalty
B: Two-Stroke Penalty
C: No Penalty
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A. Two-stroke penalty
Player A’s ball was moved by an outside influence and the lie was altered. The ball was not embedded; Rule 16.3 did not apply.
Player A should have replaced the original ball by placing the ball on the nearest spot with the most similar lie not nearer the hole within one club-length from its original spot, in the general area.
Player A gets a two-stroke penalty for playing from the wrong place. See Rule 9.6 and Rule 14.2d(2).
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