A player's ball lies within the margin of a
water hazard. As he approaches it he sees an
abandoned ball in the water and as he will have
to wait until he can play his next stroke he
gets out his ball retriever and fishes it out.
Does he incur a penalty?
No. As the player is obviously not using the
ball retriever to test the water, Exception 1 to
Rule 13-4 applies and no penalty is incurred.
(Note that this answer was
edited in January 2013, as previously it had
been my opinion that a penalty was incurred, as
per Decision 13-4/0.5. I have now been persuaded
that I was wrong.)
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