By Rules Guy
Wednesday, July 18, 2007

You mark your ball on the green with a coin, but when you return the ball to its spot, you realize you stepped on the coin and it's now stuck to your shoe. You should:

A. Take a 2-stroke penalty and replace your marker.

B. Replace the marker as close as possible to the original location without penalty.

C. Add 1 stroke to your score and replace it as near as possible to its original position.

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You mark your ball on the green with a coin, but when you return the ball to its spot, you realize you stepped on the coin and it's now stuck to your shoe. You should:

A. Take a 2-stroke penalty and replace your marker.

B. Replace the marker as close as possible to the original location without penalty.

C. Add 1 stroke to your score and replace it as near as possible to its original position.

ANSWER: C. The penalty here is the same as if you had never marked your ball. Rule 20-1 states that the ball must be marked before it is lifted, and this implies that the ball marker will remain in position until the ball is replaced (Decision 20-1/5.5). Replace your ball as near as possible to the original position but not nearer the hole.

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