Adam fades a long drive into the far end of a
fairway bunker. As he approaches the bunker he sees
a rake lying on the sand some way away from his
ball. He walks in to pick it up and drags it over
the wet sand, smoothing the footsteps he has just
made as he backs out. He then enters the bunker
again close to his ball, throws down the rake in the
sand and considers his next shot. Although his ball
is at rest in a dry area of the bunker Adam realises
that his natural stance will mean that he has to
stand in an area of casual water. However, he
decides to play the ball as it lies and carefully
steps into the puddle, takes his stance and with a
5-iron clips his ball cleanly off the sand onto the
putting green close to the hole. He rakes the bunker
carefully and approaches the putting green, where
his fellow competitors are already waiting. Thinking
it is his turn to putt he crouches down to study the
line. His concentration is broken by a shout from
behind hi m, as a fellow competitor pitches up to
the hole from the apron. Believing it likely that
the fellow competitor's ball will hit his stationary
ball, he quickly bends down, marks his ball and
lifts it, just as the other ball rolls by. When it
is his turn to putt he replaces his ball, lifts his
marker and confidently strokes his ball into the
hole. What is Adam's score for the hole?
(The answer is below)
19th Hole Titbit - Do You Know?
That you may take relief if your ball comes to
rest in a bird's nest, or is so close to it that
you may damage it when you make your stroke.
1 - Long drive into the fairway bunker.
Note: From January 2012 a player is permitted to
smooth sand in a bunker without penalty, providing
it is done for the sole purpose of caring for the
course and nothing is done to breach Rule 13-2 with
respect to their next stroke (Exception 2 to Rule
Note: There is no penalty for throwing the rake, a
movable obstruction, into the bunker (Decision
Note: A player does not have to take relief from an
abnormal ground condition, such as casual water
2 - 5-iron stroke onto the putting green.
3 & 4 Two penalty strokes for lifting his ball while
another ball is in motion.
Note: When another ball is in motion, a ball that
might influence the movement of that ball in motion
must not be lifted (Rule 16-1b).
5 - Putt into the hole.
Adam scores 5 for the hole.