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4 golfers all hit into the same green-side bunker and came to rest like a clutch of eggs, all touching. Whats the rules or protocol? We all agreed to pick up our balls and each play from the same spot, but I'm wondering what the official ruling would have been.
--Greg L. from Grand Rapids, MI

Hi Greg. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

That is quite an interesting and unique situation. In a situation like this where there is interference and someone else' ball is in the way of your swing, the other player would mark their ball and then replace it as closely as possible to where it was after you have played your shot.

This is a touchy one because the sand would have changed so the question is could you rake before you put your ball back down? We'd have to refer to the USGA for that one, but my gut feeling is yes, because you should be able to return to the lie and condition that was there before your partner played his shot.

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

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