18-1/12 Ball Replaced and at Rest Is Thereafter Moved by Wind

A player replaces his ball on the putting green and the ball is at rest. Before the player addresses the ball, a sudden gust of wind blows the ball farther from the hole. The player plays the ball from its new position. Is that correct?


Yes. Wind is not an outside agency – see Definition of “Outside Agency”. Accordingly, Rule 18-1 does not apply.

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