Lifting an Embedded Ball


1.1. Lifting an Embedded Ball
Through the green (= fairway and rough) a ball embedded in its own pitch mark in ground other than sand may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.

1.2. Preferred Lies:
A ball lying on any “closely mown area” through the green may be lifted and cleaned without penalty. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, it must be replaced not nearer the hole within 6 inches (15 cm) of its original position, not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

The ball may be placed only once and after the ball has been placed, it is in play.
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting, or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with the club, they will be deemed to be in breach of the local rule.

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