Rules of the Game

Live insect interference

QUESTION:  Peter and John are playing in  tournament. On the second hole, Peter finds a live insect crawling on his ball on the putting green. Because the live insect is not adhering to the ball, it is considered a loose impediment, Peter removes the insect. In the removal of the insect, the ball moves. John says there is a penalty for causing the ball to move. Is John correct?

ANSWER: Peter proceeded correctly. However, if the ball was in the fairway, Peter would have incurred a penalty for causing the ball to move. The difference is whether the ball was on the green or on the fairway. See USGA Decisions on the Rules of,Golf, 2016-2017, 23-1/5

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