Is there a penalty if a person lifts and marks her ball, let’s just say a few feet from the green but still in the fairway, if she thinks it interferes with the player behind her, but without being asked to mark and move her ball by the person who will be hitting behind her?
Lulu from Oceanside, California
A player is not permitted to lift her ball because she thinks it might interfere with someone else’s play, unless her ball lies on the putting green. If she has not been asked to lift her ball, she incurs a penalty of one stroke [Rule 22-2, Note 1].
A player who suspects that someone else’s ball may interfere with her play may ask to have it lifted. The owner of the interfering ball must then mark and lift the ball, and may not clean it. In stroke play, the owner of the interfering ball may choose to play first rather than lift it.
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