17-4/3 Ball Resting Against Flagstick Moves Away from Hole When Flagstick Removed by Opponent or Fellow-Competitor
Q A player's ball is resting against the flagstick. Without the player's authority, his opponent or a fellow-competitor removes the flagstick and the ball moves away from the hole. What is the ruling?
A In match play, the opponent incurs a penalty stroke and the ball must be replaced against the flagstick -- Rule 18-3b.
In stroke play, the ball must be replaced against the flagstick without penalty to anyone -- Rule 18-4.
In either form of play, the player may then move or remove the flagstick as prescribed in Rule 17-4.
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