Friday, October 24, 2014
If you are requested to mark a ball that is not on the green but hinders another player, are you allowed to clean your ball or must it remain dirty & be replaced as is?
Lulu from Papua New Guinea
You may not clean a ball that you have been asked to lift because it interferes with someone else’s play, unless it is on the green [Rule 22-2]. The penalty for cleaning it is two strokes (loss of hole in match play).
The same holds true for a ball that is lifted because it may assist play [Rule 22-1].
After you mark the ball, lift it carefully and keep it in plain sight. You may be subject to penalty if you toss it to a caddie or drop it in your pocket, since such actions are likely to clean the ball to some extent.
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