Ask the Rules Guy: Fixing spike marks on the green

Ask the Rules Guy
SPIKEY SITUATION
As I was walking toward my ball on the green, I stopped to fix some spike marks that an inconsiderate group in front of us had left near the hole. The guy I was playing with immediately protested, saying that it was against the rules to fix spike marks on the green. I told him that since I was just doing maintenance it wasn't a penalty, and that the spike marks weren't in my line of putt, anyway. I was in the clear, right?
-- Tom Sensale, Jacksonville, Fla.




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