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Rule 17-3. Ball Striking Flagstick or Attendant

The player's ball must not strike:

  • a. The flagstick when it is attended, removed or held up:
  • b. The person attending or holding up the flagstick or anything carried by him; or
  • c. The flagstick in the hole, unattended, when the stroke has been made on the putting green.
  • Exception: When the flagstick is attended, removed or held up without the player's authority - see Rule 17-2.


    Stroke Play - Two strokes

    Match Play - Loss of hole

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