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"Know The Rules" Question of the Month


What is the Penalty, if any? 

In stroke play, Player A is in the process of taking relief from ground under repair in the general area. Before the player drops the ball, he removes sand and loose soil from the area in which he is to drop the ball. Player A continues with their stroke.







Correct Answer

A: Two-Stroke Penalty

Player receives a general penalty. See Rule 8.1a

Before dropping a ball to take relief, a player must not take actions to alter the ground surface in a way that improves conditions affecting the stroke.


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