Bob Smith

Lifting your ball OFF the green?

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I encountered a situation today where 2 off us left our approaches a little short of the green. My ball was dead on the putting line with that of another player, but slightly closer to the pin. As we were just off the green, we both wanted to putt. I didn't think that I was allowed to mark and lift my ball, as not on the green. So I suggested that I played first, so as to resolve the interference with my opponents ball. So was this a permissible course of action, as normally furthest from pin should play first or was I allowed to lift my ball to allow the other player a clear line? 

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In this situation you can mark and lift the ball nearest the hole BUT you must hold it between your fingers and not clean it before replacing.

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Yeah as @TheLyth said, you can have a ball marked pretty much anywhere on the course (bunkers is probably one of the places you'd see it most) but you can't clean the ball like when marking on the green. 

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