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Opposite Margins

Opposite Margins

Opposite margins are an often overlooked relief option for lateral water hazards. It is the equidistant point from the hole where the ball last crossed the margin of the lateral water hazard on the opposite side of the hazard. This point...

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Status of an Obstruction

Status of an Obstruction

Sometimes Rules Committees are forced to deal with objects such as signs, garbage cans, port-o-lets, display cars, etc. that can show up unexpectedly during a golf tournament. The real estate sign shown here was a great example of this. To...

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Relief from a bleacher

Relief from a bleacher

During round 1 of the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, HI, a player took the correct relief from the bleacher at #9 green Since he had taken relief from the bleacher, what would the ruling be if: The player’s...

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New Local Rule Under 18-2

New Local Rule Under 18-2

As a referee serving on a Rules Committee, one of the most challenging aspects of making a ruling is that you were not there to see what actually happened. At that point it is the responsibility of the referee to gather all of the information...

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Dropping Zone

Dropping Zone

The rules of golf allow the committee to establish “Dropping Zone” (Appendix 1 Part A. Section 6) when it doesn’t consider it practicable to proceed under the rule (26). At the CIMB Classic, the Committee chose to establish a “Dropping...

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Concealed Ball

Concealed Ball

September 19, 2016 During the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open, Scott Stallings found his tee shot on the 293-yard, drivable par-4 15th hole buried deep in the face of the front greenside bunker.  After playing his second shot from the...

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