Tips from the Pro, Bill Cassell
Rule of the Day
Tony’s ball is sitting on a sprinkler head in the middle of the fairway – What can he do? Listed are Tony’s options:
Sprinkler heads and paved cart paths are considered obstructions (artificial, man-made objects). In this case, a sprinkler head is immovable and Tony is entitled to free relief, because it interferes with his stance or swing.
- He may play the shot off the sprinkler head.
- He may drop within one club length of his nearest point of relief, no nearer to the hole – his nearest point is the closest spot to where his ball lies, that gives him complete relief for stance and swing. He will mark the spot with a tee and he may drop within one club length from this point (no nearer the hole) using any club in his bag.