A competitor's ball was
seen to splash into deep casual water in a bunker, but it is not
visible. However, it is obvious that there is nowhere that the player
can drop a ball in the bunker that is not covered in water and is not
nearer the hole.
a) Does the player have to
find their ball if it is known to be in the bunker?
b) May the player take
relief from the casual water, without penalty, by dropping a ball
outside the bunker?
c) If the player
finds the ball in the bunker may they take relief by dropping a ball at
Y, which is the point where the water is shallowest?
a) No, Rule 25-1c.
b) No, but see Question 2
c) Yes, providing
that this is the point nearest to where the ball lay that is not nearer
the hole and affords maximum available relief from the condition.
Note: If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been
found lies in casual water in a bunker, the player may substitute
another ball, without penalty, and take relief as prescribed in Rule
If the player can see their
ball in the casual water at point X, where are they permitted to drop it
outside the bunker, under penalty of one stroke?
a) At point A, within two
club-lengths of the nearest point of relief from where the ball lies in
the casual water?
b) Outside the bunker,
anywhere on an extension of the line from b through B?
c) Within a
club-length of point C, where the ball last crossed the margin of the
bunker after the previous stroke?
b) Outside the
bunker, anywhere on an extension of the line from b through B?
Note: When a player's ball is in a bunker and there is interference by
casual water (or another abnormal ground condition) they have four
i) Play the ball as it lies in the
ii) Drop the ball in the bunker
without penalty at the nearest point, not nearer the hole, where the
depth of the casual water is least - Rule 25-1b (ii) (a).
iii) Drop the ball behind the bunker
under penalty of one stroke - Rule 25-1b (ii) (b).
iv) Deem the ball unplayable and proceed
in accordance with Rule 28. If the player elects to proceed under clause
b or c of this Rule, they must drop a ball in the bunker.
If a ball to be dropped or placed
under this Rule is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be
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