A golfer is allowed to move dead or displaced branches or twigs around their ball, but not if they are connected to other foliage, which subsequently may improve a player’s lie or stance.
Smith hasn’t been shy in calling out other players in the past, famously butting heads with former US Masters winner Patrick Reed after he was penalised two shots for improving his lie at Tiger Woods’ tournament in the Bahamas in 2019.
Reed travelled to Australia the following week to play on the Woods-led United States team in the Presidents Cup against Smith’s International side.
While Smith’s runner-up finish in the Hong Kong Open is now in the rearview mirror, the 30-year-old is trying to win a fourth Joe Kirkwood Cup in his home town of Brisbane this week.
Not only does he want to claim more silverware on…