Preferred Lies on Putting Green. RoG; Rule 20-1; Appendix I Part B 4c and Decision 16-1 d/3. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-11-26.
IN DEPTH: If a putting green is in a bad condition due to e.g. frost, poor grass growth, mildew, oil spill etc. the Committee may introduce preferred lies on the putting green. In that case the player may place his ball on a spot within e.g. one or two scorecards, 15 centimetres or a club length from where the ball lay, not nearer the hole, to get an acceptable line of putt. If several putting greens (more than tree) are in a bad condition preferred lies may be introduced on all putting greens to avoid mistakes. Spray-lines may be used to define the margin of putting-greens - click to link.

Suggested wording. This Rule shall always stand under its own headline. If the Committee finds that the players knowledge of the rules is adequate the last three sentences of the local rule which starts with "If" and the Note may be removed.

Preferred Lies on Putting Green
A ball lying on a putting green on hole ... which limit is partly/completely defined by a spray-line, may be lifted under Rule 16-1b and placed on a spot within ... of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay. 
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes. If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied. 

Note: The EGA-Handicap Rules 2012-2015 § 2.6.1 states that rounds played with preferred lies may be used for handicapping purposes.



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