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What is the Penalty, if any?

A ball that might be Player A’s ball is on the edge of a large leaf. Player marks the position of the ball and lifts the ball for identification. It is Player A’s ball in play. Player A removes the leaf, replaces the ball on its original spot, and plays the ball. 

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

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Correct Answer

A: One-Stroke Penalty

Player A gets a penalty of one stroke. A player must not deliberately remove a loose impediment that, if moved when the ball was at rest, would likely have caused the ball to move. See Rule 15.1a Exception 1. 



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