The Rules Guy
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Rules Guy,
I hit my tee shot on an uphill par-3 short but still in the fairway. It was a soggy morning, and when I got to the end of the fairway I found my ball soundly plugged in the short grass. Believing that I was entitled to a free drop, I picked up my ball and dropped it next to the mark. I then chipped up to the green, but didn’t get nearly enough on the ball—it stopped on a hill leading up the green and then depressingly rolled right back to where I was standing, replugging itself in the hole where my tee shot had landed. Was I allowed to take another free drop, or did I have to take an unplayable lie?

—Geoff P., Los Angeles, Calif.

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