In stroke play,
having replaced their ball at its marker on the putting green a
player takes a few steps back to check their line of putt. They
then return to the ball, address it and make their putt without
lifting the marker. What is the ruling ...
a) ... if the player left their marker in place by mistake?
b) ... if they left their marker in place to help them with the
alignment of their putt?
a) There is nothing in the Rules that requires the
player to remove their marker before playing his shot in these
b) The player incurs a penalty of two strokes under Rule 8-2b. A
mark must not be placed anywhere to indicate a line for putting.
A player marks the position of their ball
before lifting it and then presses down the marker with the sole of
their putter. As they lift the putter they notice that the ball
marker has stuck to it. What is the ruling?
No penalty is incurred because the movement of the ball-marker was
directly attributable to the specific act of marking the position of
the ball. The ball or the ball-marker must be replaced. Decision
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