Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Ask Linda #1090-Putt away from hole to assist partner
In a four-ball match a player deliberately putts (not in the direction of the hole) onto his partner's line and then putts again to show his partner the line to the hole.
Has the player broken a rule of golf, and, if so, which one?
Lou from Edinburgh, UK
I answered this question in July of 2012 [Ask Linda #483]. I will reprint it here for you, updating the information to conform with a change in the cited Decision that occurred in the interim:
Golf relies on the integrity of each player. Putting away from the hole to show your partner the line is akin to cheating, and it violates the spirit of the game.
In match play, the player is disqualified from the hole. In addition, since this action assisted her partner, the partner is also disqualified from the hole [Rule 30-3f].
In stroke penalty, the player incurs a two-stroke penalty. Her partner also incurs a two-stroke penalty because the player’s breach assisted her in her play [Rule 31-8].
This question is addressed in Decision 30-3f/6.
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