No.19 Ball Against
Rake in Bunker
A player's ball lies in a bunker resting against a rake;
a) May the player remove
the rake before making their stroke?
b) Must the player mark
the position of their ball before moving the rake?
c) If the ball moves as
the rake is being removed is there a penalty and if so, what is it?
d) If the ball moves as
the rake is removed does it have to be replaced, or is it played from
where it comes to rest?
e) May the player clean
their ball before replacing it where it lay?
f) May the player push the
ball into the bunker sand to ensure that it stays at the same spot it
was at before the rake was removed?
a) Yes, the player may remove
b) No, though I recommend that
they do so.
c) There is no penalty
provided that the movement of the ball is directly
attributable to the removal of the rake.
d) The ball must be replaced.
e) Yes, the ball may be
f) No. If the ball will not
come to rest on the spot where it originally lay, it
must be placed at the nearest spot, not nearer the
hole, where it can be placed at rest.
Rule 24-1a states;
player may take relief, without penalty, from a
movable obstruction as follows;
the ball does not lie in or on the obstruction,
the obstruction may be removed. If the ball
moves, it must be replaced, and there is no
penalty, provided that the movement of the ball
is directly attributable to the removal of the
obstruction. Otherwise, Rule 18-2a applies."
Question 2: A ball lies on a rake in a bunker how
should the player proceed?
Answer: When a ball lies
on any obstruction in a bunker the ball may
be lifted and the obstruction removed. The ball must then be
dropped as near as possible to the spot
directly under the place where the ball lay on the
obstruction, but not nearer the hole - Rule 24-1b.
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