Daily Rules Quiz: Sand on the Fringe

Tuesday June 12th, 2007

You find your ball on the fringe and plan to use your putter. There is some sand from the greenside bunker in your line, so you brush away the sand before you make a stroke, but one of your playing partners questions your action. You should:

A. Take no penalty because your planning to putt.

B. Take a 2-stroke penalty for improving your line and replace as much sand on the fringe as possible.

C. Take a 2-stroke penalty for improving your line because the sand was not on the green.

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You find your ball on the fringe and plan to use your putter. There is some sand from the greenside bunker in your line, so you brush away the sand before you make a stroke, but one of your playing partners questions your action. You should:

A. Take no penalty because your planning to putt.

B. Take a 2-stroke penalty for improving your line and replace as much sand on the fringe as possible.

C. Take a 2-stroke penalty for improving your line because the sand was not on the green.

ANSWER: C. Under Rule 23, sand and loose soil are considered to be loose impediments only on the green. You must take a 2-stroke penalty for improving your line (Rule 13-2).

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