Rules Guy
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Rules Guy,
I got up to a tee box only to see a bunch of maintenance workers busily touching up the hole. After making sure to get their attention, me and my buddy teed off. I hit a booming drive over a small hill, but I knew from experience that my ball had landed in a fairway bunker, one notorious for eating balls alive. When I got to the bunker, I wasn’t surprised to find my ball dead in the center. But I was surprised by my lie. Instead of being buried, it was sitting right up on the sand, perfectly placed inside some fresh rake lines. When I looked up, I could see a maintenance guy walking away, giving me a thumbs up. Obviously this guy gave me a helping hand, but I’m a real stickler for keeping a proper handicap. Did this guy cost me any strokes by improving my lie?

--Jimmy E., Miami, Fla.

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