A ball comes to rest
on the floor of a motorised golf cart. Assuming the cart belongs to
a player from another group and can be easily moved without delay;
a) May the player take
the option of dropping their ball within one club-length of the
nearest point of relief from the cart?
b) Must the player
mark the position of their ball before moving the cart?
c) Must the ball be
placed or dropped directly under the place where the ball lay in or
on the cart?
d) May the ball be
cleaned after it has been lifted and before it is put back in play?
a) No, that relief is
only available for a ball that lies in or on an immovable
obstruction that is not in a water hazard or lateral water hazard.
b) No, although it is
good practice to do so, where possible.
c) The ball must be
dropped directly under the place where the ball lay in or on the
cart, not placed.
d) Yes, the ball may
be cleaned before it is dropped.
Note: There is no
penalty for taking relief under Rule 24-1b for a ball that lies in
or on an obstruction (see below).
A player's ball comes to rest on
an item of clothing dropped by a fellow competitor.
a) Does the player have to take
relief from this movable obstruction?
b) In this situation the player
can accurately mark the spot directly under where the
ball is at rest on the clothing. Does this mean that
they may then place the ball at the mark?
c) If the fellow competitor picks
up the ball with their clothing how should the player
a) No, the player may choose to
play their ball as it lies.
b) No, the ball must still be
dropped at this spot, not placed.
c) The player must drop the ball
directly under the place where it originally lay on the
Rule 24-1b states;
If the ball lies
in or on the obstruction, the ball may be lifted and
the obstruction removed. The ball must through the
green or in a hazard be dropped, or on the putting
green be placed, as near as possible to the spot
directly under the place where the ball lay in or on
the obstruction, but not nearer the hole.