Rules FAQ

Rule 22

Requesting a Fellow-Competitor to Leave Ball to Assist Play

Q.  Is it permissible for two fellow-competitors in stroke play to agree to leave the ball of one of the players near the hole to assist the other player in playing his ball from just off the putting green?

A.  No. In stroke play, competitors (including partners) may not agree to leave a ball in place to assist the other competitor. The penalty for agreeing to leave the ball in place in stroke play would be disqualification. Rule 22-1

Note: This FAQ has been updated to reflect the 2012 Rules of Golf.

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