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"Know The Rules" Question of the Month
What is the Penalty, if any?
Player A’s ball lies in the fringe of the putting green. Player A picks up the ball without marking its position and picks off several blades of grass sticking to the ball before replacing the ball and making a stroke.
A: One Stroke Penalty
Player A lifted a ball without authorization of a Rule and cleaned the ball. Player A breached Rule 9.4b and Rule 14.1c.
As noted in Rule 1.3c(4), Player A gets a one-stroke penalty since there was no intervening event between the breaches.
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