No.57 Placing / Dropping a Ball

During a period of wet weather, a Committee introduces a temporary Local Rule whereby a player whose ball lies through the green may mark, lift, clean and place their ball within six inches of where it was at rest, not nearer the hole.

Question 1:
If a player's ball has come to rest in the rough may they place their ball on the fairway, providing it is within the six inches permitted by the Local Rule?

Question 2:

A player has placed their ball at rest on a tuft of grass. As they move away it falls off the raised grass and settles in a depression. May they replace their ball?

Answer 1:
Yes. There is no distinction in the Rules between fairway and rough, both are covered by the term 'through the green'.

Answer 2:
No. A player may place their ball only once; it is in play when it has been placed and is at rest. Rule 20-4. The player incurs a penalty stroke under Rule 18-2a if they touch it again.

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In taking relief under the Rules a player drops their ball at the nearest point of relief in the rough and it rolls onto the fairway, not nearer the hole.

Question 3:
Must the player play their ball from the fairway or do they have to re-drop their ball?
Question 4:
How far may a ball roll from where it first strikes a part of the course after being dropped under the Rules?

Question 5:

If a ball is dropped in the rough and it rolls into a hazard must it be re-dropped?

Answer 3:
The player must play their ball from the fairway. There is no distinction in the Rules between fairway and rough; both are covered by the term 'through the green'.

Answer 4:

The ball may roll up to two club-lengths, not nearer the hole. Rule 20-2c (iv).

Answer 5:
Yes, the ball must be re-dropped. Rule 20-2c(i)

Another 'Rhodes Rules School' Q&A will follow next week,
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