An unusual bunker incident
Two balls were close to each other in a bunker. Player A blasted out, but moved Player B’s ball. What is the decision? Gary Coombe, Cape Town
If two balls are lying close together, Player A has the right under Rule 22-2 to require Player B to mark the position of and lift his ball. If he fails to do so, and in making a stroke at his ball, A’s club causes B’s ball move to move, there is a one-shot penalty under Rule 18-3b. Player B must replace his ball. Rule 18-3b is about a player’s ball basically being untouchable by any of his fellow competitors. If you were walking down the fairway, and accidently kicked another player’s ball, you would be penalised. Club golfers consistently break this rule when they take it upon themselves to mark another player’s ball on the green to speed up play.