No.86 Apron of Putting Green
In stroke play, a
player's ball comes to rest on the apron (fringe) of the putting
green. A large amount of sand has been splashed out of the
bunker and lies on both the apron and the putting green.
May a player
remove sand that lies on the apron of the green that is on
their line of play?
May a player
remove sand that lies on the putting green that is on their
line of play?
If a player
moves their ball while removing sand that is on the apron of
the putting green what is the ruling?
incurs a total penalty of two strokes. Rule 13-2.
Sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting
green, but not elsewhere.
Note: A single
act resulted in two Rules being breached; removing sand from
the apron of the putting green and causing the ball to move.
Part of Decision 1-4/12 rules that in these circumstances
only one penalty applies.
player's ball comes to rest on the apron of the
green. In order to identify it she moves it slightly
to check her identification mark and returns it to
the exact spot without taking her finger from the
ball. What is the ruling?
The player is penalised one stroke.
Note: If a player has reason
to believe a ball at rest is theirs and it is
necessary to move the ball in order to identify it,
they may lift the ball, without penalty, in order to
do so. However, to avoid incurring a penalty under
Rule 18-2b(i) they must follow the procedure laid
down in Rule 12-2;
Before lifting the ball, the player must
announce his intention to his opponent in match
play or his marker or a fellow-competitor in
stroke play and mark the position of the ball.
He may then lift the ball and identify it,
provided that he gives his opponent, marker or
fellow-competitor an opportunity to observe the
lifting and replacement. The ball must not be
cleaned beyond the extent necessary for
identification when lifted under Rule 12-2.
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