Is this a penalty?
The ball is just over the back of the green. It is resting on a small bare spot with a large tuft of grass behind the ball. The player addresses the ball and begins his stroke. On the downswing the club contacts the tuft of grass, but not the golf ball. The impact with the grass clearly causes the ball to pop up slightly. The club grabs the turf for an instant but during the follow through, makes contact with the golf ball. The ball rolls onto the green and settles about 6-feet from the cup. The player who played the shot claims he only struck the ball once. One player in the foursome agreed with him. The other players feel there is a penalty in there somewhere 😀. The 6’ putt was holed. Is it a par, a double bogey, should the ball be replaced and the shot replayed. Our golf pro is out of town and a rule book is not handy. Ugh!