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1-2/8 Player Presses Down Turf as Ball Is Rolling Towards Area

Q:
A player's ball lies through the green at the bottom of a slope. The player makes a stroke and sees that his ball is rolling back down the slope towards the spot from which he just played. Before the ball reaches that spot, the player presses down a raised piece of turf in that area with the intent of ensuring that his ball will not come to rest against the raised piece of turf or in the divot hole. Is the player in breach of Rule 1-2?

A:
Yes, as he took an action with the intention to influence the movement of the ball.

If the player had not realized his ball was returning to the area, there would be no breach.


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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1899 Birthday Of J. Wood Platt

Apr 16

1955 USGA Senior Amateur Champion,One of the leading amateurs in the Northeast, J. Wood Platt won seven Philadelphia Amateurs, one Pennsylvania Amateur and the inaugural USGA Senior Amateur, in 1955. Platt may be best remembered, however, for his spectacular start during a friendly round at Pine Valley during the 1940s. Platt birdied No. 1, holed a 7-iron for eagle at the second, aced the par-3 third and then made a 30-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole. An astonishing six under par through four holes, Platt retired to the adjacent clubhouse for a drink, and never made it back on to the course.


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