Just did not seem correct to me when i read in the NYT Sports Section just that scenerio.
"Instead, Kaymer wisely chose to declare his ball unplayable, which allowed him to move it two club lengths, to a better spot, with a penalty stroke added.
Kaymer was also allowed to bend over and scoop up large chunks of pine straw needles, throwing them backward as if he were tidying up the landscaping in his front lawn. The result was a more favorable spot to drop his ball, and although he still had to avoid tree trunks and low-lying branches in his path to the fairway, Kaymer was far from rattled."
Cleaning up the drop zone versus improving the lie: what's the diff?