A player's ball is
in motion after a putt. A fellow competitor thinks that the ball
might hit the flagstick, which has been removed, and lifts it.
What is the ruling?
a) There is no
b) The fellow
competitor incurs a penalty of one stroke.
c) The fellow
competitor incurs a penalty of two strokes.
player putting incurs a penalty of two strokes.
What is the penalty if the ball does strike the removed
flagstick lying on the putting green?
a) There is
The player incurs a penalty of two strokes in stroke play or
loss of hole in match play.Rule 17-3a.
Since January 2008, a player is allowed to move the flagstick on
the ground if they think that a ball may strike it. Part of Rule
ball is in motion, an obstruction that might influence the
movement of the ball, other than equipment of any player or
the flagstick when attended, removed or held up, must not be
A player has asked for the position of the hole to be marked.
The person at the hole does not want to waste time retrieving
the flagstick and uses the grip end of their putter in the hole.
Is this permissible?
Yes. Decision 17-3/6.
Note: A club that is used to mark the position of the hole must
be treated as a flagstick for the purposes of applying the