Teed ball tips over

QUESTION: Rich and Jim are playing in a tournament. On the 6th hole, Jim takes a practice swing in the teeing area. Unintentionally, he strikes and moves his teed ball with his club. Rich says Jim should be penalized a stroke for moving a ball in play. Is Rich correct?
ANSWER: Because Jim did not make a forward movement of his club with the intention of moving the ball, he did not make a stroke. The ball, therefore, was not in play. There is no penalty. Jim has to put the ball into play from the teeing ground. Rich is not correct. See “USGA Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2016-2017,” 18-2/19.
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