A right-handed player's ball comes to rest on the
green-side of a rustic fence bordering a teeing area.
Points A, B and C are the three nearest points where the
player can make a stroke without the fence interfering,
that are not nearer the hole. They are equidistant from
the hole. May the player choose at which of the three
points they drop their ball?
Having determined the nearest point of relief does the
a) ... at that point?
b) ... within one club-length of that point?
c) ... within two club-lengths of that point?
Point C is in the rough. If that is the nearest point of
relief from the fence does the player have to drop their
ball in the rough when taking free relief?
No, the nearest point of relief is the point nearest to
where the ball lies where there is no interference from
the fence. In this photograph it is point C. The
distance from the hole is not relevant and nor is the
fact that the fence would be on the line of play.
b) ... within one club-length of that point. Rule
player may drop anywhere within one club-length of the
nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole. In the
photo it means that the ball may be dropped on the
closely mown tee area, but in other cases it could mean
dropping it in a worse position than where it lies.
A right-handed player's
ball is lying under a bush and there is no
reasonable stroke that they can play. However,
they claim that if they were to play away from
the hole a brick wall (an immovable obstruction)
would interfere with their stroke, so they claim
relief. What is the ruling?
The player is not entitled to relief in this
Exception to Rule 24-2b
A player may
not take relief under this Rule if (a) it is
clearly unreasonable for him to make a
stroke because of interference by anything
other than an immovable obstruction or (b)
interference by an immovable obstruction
would occur only through use of an
unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or
direction of play.
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