Rules FAQ


Rule 23-1

Assistance in Removing Large Loose Impediments

Q.  May a player receive assistance in removing a large loose impediment, such as a large limb, or boulder?

A.  Yes. Please refer to Decision 23-1/3.


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Loose Impediments
Dealing with loose impediments
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Boulder was considered a loose impediment
In the final round of the 1999 Phoenix Open, Tiger Woods' tee shot sailed wide left and came to rest behind a large boulder. Upon examining the situation, Woods asked the Rules Official if the boulder was considered a loose impediment.
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Immovable obstruction
During a playoff at the 1987 Los Angeles Open, Ben Crenshaw’s ball landed on this artificially-surfaced service road adjacent to the 15th fairway. Classified as an “immovable obstruction,” Crenshaw was entitled to relief without penalty from the road under Rule 24-2.
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