TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
In stroke play, Fergus removes some sand covering a ball in the bunker to establish if it is his, brushing sand aside rather than marking and lifting his ball to identify it. What is the ruling? In match play, Jezz’s ball lies close to a shelter on his line of play but it does not physically interfere with his stance or the area of his intended swing. What is the ruling?
Jezz is entitled to free relief from the shelter on his line of play. Jezz must play the ball as it lies altering his line of play if necessary, or may declare it unplayable. Jezz must declare the ball unplayable.
There is no penalty. Fergus incurs a penalty of one stroke. Fergus incurs a penalty of two strokes.