Friday, July 1, 2016
Ask Linda #1332-Ball dropped behind hazard rolls forward
Player hits his ball into a yellow marked hazard. He drops his ball on a line from the pin and the point where the ball crossed the hazard line [on the flagline]. The dropped ball hits the ground and rolls toward the hole several feet. Does he re drop because the ball has moved closer to the hole?
Lou from Georgetown, Texas
I suspect a number of golfers don’t know the answer to this, so everyone please pay attention.
When you drop behind a water hazard on the flagline (relief option “b” under Rule 26-1), the drop is good even if the ball rolls forward, provided it doesn’t roll forward more than two club-lengths. This is because the ball is not nearer the hole than its original position [Rule 20-2c (vii) (a)].
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