Do you know you have to remove the pin when you making a stroke on the putting green? Penalty for striking the pin may cause you a champion title!
According to the rules of golf, the player’s ball must not touch the flagstick when the ball is being played from the green, i.e. the player’s ball must not strike the flagstick when it is still in the hole, or been taken away or attended by the playing partner.
Therefore, if the pin is still remained in the hole and a player strikes that ball outside the green, no penalty would be incurred ( See A from above picture ). However, if the ball was played from the green, i.e. Point B from the above pictures, Penalty shots would be incurred.
Penalty for breach of rule: Match play - -Loss of hole;
Stroke Play-Two strokes and the ball must be played as it lies