By Rules Guy
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Your ball lies on the fringe. Without thinking, you pick up your ball and clean it. But you then realize you should be penalized because your ball wasn't on the green. You should:

A. Take a 2-stroke penalty because you lifted your ball and cleaned it.

B. Take a 1-stroke penalty for lifting your ball.

C. Take a 1-stroke penalty for cleaning your ball.

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Your ball lies on the fringe. Without thinking, you pick up your ball and clean it. But you then realize you should be penalized because your ball wasn't on the green. You should:

A. Take a 2-stroke penalty because you lifted your ball and cleaned it.

B. Take a 1-stroke penalty for lifting your ball.

C. Take a 1-stroke penalty for cleaning your ball.

ANSWER: B. According to Rule 18-2, you're penalize one stroke for lifting your ball only, not for cleaning it. A ball may be cleaned without penalty even if lifted illegally.

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