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Raking Bunker Before Shot

SITUATION: A player's ball is in the front part of the bunker. The player enters the bunker from the rear, he rakes his foot prints as he approaches his ball.

SOLUTION:The player receives a two-stroke penalty in stroke play for raking. This action is considered testing the condition of the bunker. The penalty is loss of hole in match play.

First Interesting Point--the caddie (without the players knowledge) can rake the foot prints without penalty providing that smoothing the sand does not improve the player's lie, or assist the player in his subsequent stroke or strokes on that hole.

Second Interesting Point--Let's say the player hits his ball out of bounds from the bunker. The player may rake the bunker before he drops a ball for his next shot.


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Committee (Tournament Director)
Ground Under Repair
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Lost Ball
One Ball Rule (local rule)
Outside Agency
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