Rule Tip of the Month – June


In stroke play, at the time the Committee scheduled play to begin, only three players are present on the teeing ground and ready to play.  Immediately after the first player plays, the fourth player arrives in sufficient time to play in the correct order, following the third player.  What penalty has the fourth player incurred?


All competitors in a group must be present and ready to play at the established time by the Committee.  The order of play is not relevant.  The fourth player incurs a two-stroke penalty for failure to start at the time established by the Committee.


See Decision 6-3a/2 for more information.