By Rules Guy
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Your tee shot comes to rest on a paved cart path. So you decide to take a drop, but the nearest point of relief is in casual water. You should:

A. Take two drops: one to take relief from the cart path and one to take relief from casual water.

B. Find the next nearest point of relief because the first would create an unplayable shot.

C. Drop within two club lengths of the cart path to work around the casual water.

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Your tee shot comes to rest on a paved cart path. So you decide to take a drop, but the nearest point of relief is in casual water. You should:

A. Take two drops: one to take relief from the cart path and one to take relief from casual water.

B. Find the next nearest point of relief because the first would create an unplayable shot.

C. Drop within two club lengths of the cart path to work around the casual water.

ANSWER: A. You must first drop within one club length of your nearest point of relief from the path, even though that point is in casual water. If after the drop, casual water interferes with your stance or the area of your intended swing, you can either take a second drop or play it as it lies. (Both are covered under Rule 20-2.) The Rules generally do not allow for taking relief from two conditions in one step; it must be done separately.

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