Rules FAQ

Rule 25-3

Stance on Wrong Putting Green

Q. Does a player have to take relief if only his stance (but not the ball) is on a wrong putting green?

A. No, the ball must be played as it lies. Rule 25-3 applies only when the ball itself is on a wrong putting green.

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Abnormal Ground Conditions

Dealing with abnormal ground conditions

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Nearest Point of Relief

How to determine your 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.