Originally Posted by Rulesman
As this is not a simple ruling but relates to a situation not covered by the rules or decisions, your association would almost certainly go to the USGA for advice anyway. They cannot make that sort of decision.
Just go to
I an outside the USGA area so they won't respond to me.
OK, I set it to them as well. For the record, here is what I sent:
The format is match play
Player A's ball is away, and is on the edge, of but not in, a bunker.
Player's B ball is in the same bunker.
There is a large branch lying partly in the bunker and partly outside of the bunker that interferes with both balls.
Since Player A's ball is outside of the bunker he is entitled to move the branch without penalty.
Question 1: If Player A moves the branch so that it does not interfere with his ball but also no longer interferes with Player B's ball, must player B replace the branch before playing his shot, since he was not entitled to relief from the loose impediment?
Question 2: If player A moves the branch so that it does not interfere with his ball but still interferes with Player B's ball:
a) is it correct that Player B has the option of putting the branch back where it was originally, since he is entitled to the lie he he originally before Player A moved the branch?
b) Did Player A breach any rule by moving the branch so that it no longer interfered with his ball but still interfered with Player B's ball?
I would also be interested in your thoughts should such a situation arise in a stroke play tournament, regarding Player A's responsibility to protect the field in how he proceeds.