False The new Local Rule eliminates the penalty for ANY accidental movement of a ball or ball-marker on the putting green. If your ball is accidentally moved by you, your partner, your opponent, or any caddies or equipment, there is no penalty and the ball is to be replaced and played from its original location. Therefore, Rule 18-3b [Ball at Rest Moved by Opponent …Other Than During Search] does not apply. Likewise, Decision 18/7.5 [Player’s Ball Moved by Ball Accidentally Dropped by Opponent or Fellow-Competitor] does not apply when an opponent accidentally causes your ball to move on the putting green.
True In this case, your opponent intentionally moved your ball, i.e., the movement was not accidental, so he is penalized one stroke under Rule 18-3b. See Decision 20-1/2 [Player’s Ball Lifted by Opponent Without Authority].
False Again, there is no penalty for the accidental movement of one’s ball on the putting green when the new Local Rule is in effect. Thus, Decision 20-1/14 [Ball Moved by Putter Dropped by Player Approaching Ball to Lift It] is not applicable whenever this new Local Rule has been adopted.
False Once more, there is no penalty under Rule 18-2 [Ball at Rest Moved by Player ….] for the accidental movement of one’s ball on the putting green when the new Local Rule is in effect. Thus, Decision 20-1/3 [Ball Accidentally Kicked by Player Asked to Lift It Due to Interference] is not applicable when the new Local Rule has been adopted.
False Per the USGA, accidental movement can involve a variety of actions in which you unintentionally move your ball or ball-marker. Examples include dropping a ball-marker on your ball, accidentally making contact with the ball when taking a practice swing near the ball, and accidentally making contact when addressing the ball. With the new Local Rule in effect, Decision 18-2/20 [Ball in Play Moved Accidentally by Practice Swing] would not be applicable since your ball was on the putting green. Please visit www.usga.org to find out more information about this new Local Rule!