Rules FAQ

Rule 25-1

Player Steps around Ball to Force Up Water

Q. A player steps all around his ball to force up water on the surface. He then claims his ball lies in casual water. What is the ruling?

A. Casual water does not exist in this case. The Definition of "Casual Water" states that it is water that is visible before or after the player takes his stance. See also Decision 25/5

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Abnormal Ground Conditions

Dealing with abnormal ground conditions

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Nearest Point of Relief

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Abnormal ground condition

During the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship, while battling for the title with Tiger Woods, Steve Scott hit a tee shot that came to rest on this French drain in the fairway. The rutted drain had been declared an “abnormal ground condition,” and under Rule 25-1, Scott therefore was entitled to relief without penalty.

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On the fringe of a wrong putting green

During the 2002 Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods’ ball came to rest on the fringe of a wrong putting green. Rule 25-3 says interference from a wrong putting green occurs only when the ball rests actually on that green.