Monday, March 18, 2019

Ask Linda 1877-Deliberately stop a ball from rolling into a penalty area

Can a player stop another player’s ball from going into a penalty area (water) without incurring a general penalty?

Player A hits his ball from a greenside bunker. Player B is standing on the other side of the green. Once Player A skulls his ball out of the trap, he yells “stop the ball”. Player B reacts and stops Player A’s ball from going into the water. Is there a penalty on Player B for stopping the ball?

Lou from Avondale, Arizona

Dear Lou,

A player may not deliberately stop a ball in motion [Rule 11.2]. Player B will get the general penalty for stopping Player A’s ball.  

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