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Rule of the Day

20-1/19 Placing Object Marking Position of Ball Other Than Behind Ball

When marking the position of a ball, must the ball-marker be placed behind the ball, or may it also be placed to the side of or in front of the ball?

There is no restriction. However, if a player positions his ball-marker in front of the ball on the putting green and in the process does something to the green which might influence the movement of the ball when played, e.g., presses down a raised tuft of grass, he is in breach of Rule 1-2.

Placing a ball-marker in front of the ball is not recommended but it is not a breach of Rule 16-1a because this Rule permits touching the line of putt in lifting a ball, and marking the position of the ball is part of the lifting process.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1915 Birthday of William Hyndman III

Dec 25

two-time USGA Senior Amateur champion,After a long career of finishing second, Bill Hyndman broke through in the 1973 USGA Senior Amateur, beating Harry Welch, 3 and 2. Previously, Hyndman was runner-up in the 1955 U.S. Amateur, a finalist in the British Amateur three times, and a Senior Amateur semi-finalsist twice. Hyndman won this championship again, 10 years later, at age 67, at the time the oldest champion in USGA history.

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