right-handed player claims that an artificially
covered step into a bunker interferes with the
stance they would like to take in playing their
ball lying outside the bunker, although it is
clear that they could play the ball by closing
their stance and playing their ball off their
back foot. May they take relief without penalty
by dropping their ball outside the bunker within
one club-length of the nearest point of relief,
not nearer the hole?
If a player is standing in a bunker to play
their ball lying outside the bunker may they
ground their club?
Yes, as their ball lies outside the bunker the
player may take relief from the immovable
obstruction that interferes with their normal
stance, without penalty. Rule 24-2a.
Yes, Rule 13-4 does not apply when the player's
ball lies outside the hazard.
'Rhodes Rules School'
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