No.24 Touching Sand in
Before making a stroke at his
ball that lies in a bunker the player accidentally brushes the sand with his
clubhead as he carefully lifts a rake from the same bunker. Does he incur a
No. The rake is a movable obstruction. Exception 1 to Rule
Is a player
penalised for leaning on his club in a bunker while he waits for
his turn to play his ball in that bunker?
Yes. Decision 13-4/2.
Note: A player is not permitted to ground
his club in a hazard. The Exceptions to Rule 13-4 do not apply.
Is it permitted
for a player to take clubs into a bunker and lay them down while
he makes his stroke from that bunker.
Yes. Decision 13-4/0.5.
Exception 1 to Rule 13-4 states;
Provided nothing is done that constitutes testing
the condition of the hazard or improves the lie of
the ball, there is no penalty if the player (a)
touches the ground or loose impediments in any
hazard or water in a water hazard as a result of or
to prevent falling, in removing an obstruction, in
measuring or in marking the position of, retrieving,
lifting, placing or replacing a ball under any Rule,
or (b) places his clubs in a hazard.
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