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Author Topic: New R&A Local Rule - Ball Accidentally Moved on Putting Green  (Read 767 times)

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Offline Stu-Pid

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Looks like the R&A and USGA have been quick to ensure that the farce that occurred at this year's US Open won't happen again in 2017:


Quote from: R&A Website
Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

Makes a lot of sense to me and removes pretty much all of the ambiguity that used to exist.

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Re: New R&A Local Rule - Ball Accidentally Moved on Putting Green
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 2016, 14:53:53 »
Note that the committee has to specifically introduce this as a Local Rule at the club.

It is not a "change to the existing rules" that automatically comes into force....though I guess  that the book will be rewritten to incorporate this rule when the next 4 year rules cycle starts in 2020.
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