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"Know The Rules" Question of the Month

What is the penalty, if any?

Player A’s ball is on the putting green. As Player A is preparing to play the ball, an insect is flying around his ball. Player A swings his hand at the insect and accidentally moves his ball in play. 

A: One-Stroke Penalty
B: Two-Stroke Penalty
C: No Penalty


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Correct Answer

C: No Penalty

No penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green in moving/removing a loose impediment. See Definition of “Loose Impediment” and Exception 3 to Rule 9.4b. The ball must be replaced.


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