The Rules Guy
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
ROCK PROBLEMS
I hit my approach shot into a greenside bunker during my last round. As I was entering the hazard, I kicked a pretty good-sized rock into the sand. Without really thinking about it, I picked up the stone and chucked it back out of the bunker. My opponent immediately called foul, claiming that I had committed a penalty. Is that even possible? Not only was the rock not originally in the bunker, but it was nowhere near my ball at any time (and I didn’t improve my lie or feel the sand in any way). I ignored him and didn’t take any penalty. Even though I’m sure I did nothing wrong, I could use your expert reassurance.
—Geoff Larkins, Summit, NJ



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