No.4 Bridge in
Danny's ball comes to rest
on a bridge inside the margins of a water hazard. Is he permitted to
ground his club when;
a) Walking up to the ball
b) Addressing his ball
prior to making his stroke
Answer: Yes, Danny is
permitted to ground his club on the bridge at any time.
A bridge is an
obstruction. In a hazard, the club may touch an obstruction at address
or in the backward movement for the stroke. Touching the bridge prior to
address is also permissible, since an obstruction in a water hazard is
not ground in the hazard. This applies even if the bridge has been
declared an integral part of the course. See Decision 13-4/30.
Danny's ball lies within the margins
of a water hazard. He plays right-handed and there is a
bridge interfering with his stance and area of intended
swing to the green. May he take relief without penalty from
this immovable obstruction?
Answer: No, there is no relief for
interference by an immovable obstruction when the player's
ball lies in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard. Rule
Had Danny's ball been at rest outside the
margin of the water hazard or lateral water hazard and the
bridge was interfering with his stance or area of intended
swing then free relief would have been available. In this
situation, to take relief he must lift his ball and drop it,
without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer
the hole than the nearest point of relief.
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