|Player A has a shot over water and substitutes a water ball before making the shot. When she reaches the putting green, she marks and lifts the water ball and replaces it with her original ball. How many penalty strokes has she incurred?|
Players are only allowed to substitute a ball when taking relief under a Rule and when the ball is cut or cracked, cannot be recovered quickly and easily (through no fault of their own), has been played as a wrong ball by another player, and when resuming play after a suspension by the Committee. This player made two substitutions. Lucky for her, however, the 2023 Rule changes the penalty from two strokes to one stroke for each substitution. She incurs 2 penalty strokes.