Saturday, 26 October 2013

Rules: Touching line of putt

After Simon Dyson was just disqualified for touching his line of putt at the BMW Masters in Shanghai yesterday I thought I should write a little post explaining the rule so you can avoid Simons' fate.

Under rule 16-1a, a player must not touch his or her line of putt except under the following circumstances:

(i) the player may remove loose impediments, provided he does not press anything down;
(ii) the player may place the club in front of the ball when addressing it, provided he does not press anything down;
(iii) in measuring – Rule 18-6;
(iv) in lifting or replacing the ball – Rule 16-1b;
(v) in pressing down a ball-marker;
(vi) in repairing old hole plugs or ball marks on the putting green – Rule 16-1c; and
(vii) in removing movable obstructions
The incident only came to light after somebody had phoned in when they noticed it on the TV and unfortunately for Simon it was already too late because he had already signed his scorecard.

Since Simon touched his line of putt he incurred a penalty of 2 strokes but since he didn't add that to his score before signing his scorecard he was disqualified for signing for a score lower than he actually had.

So, make sure you follow the above rules to avoid being penalised or even disqualified.


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