October - 2015
As we begin to enter the winter months (Wait! Winter? It's been hotter than heck, and I'm starting to really believe in global warming!)
I was asked by Frank Schneider what do you do when your ball is in casual water inside the bunker? It's not a simple rule, but basically to take relief from casual water in a bunker, you need to take a drop at the nearest point of complete relief- that's important because when you are taking relief, you must not drop in the same condition that you are taking relief from.
You then drop your ball IN THE BUNKER, in an area of complete relief, and there is no penalty.
If the entire bunker is filled with water and you can not find any area in the bunker to drop (you are screwed now) your options are to play it as it lies, or to take a stroke penalty, and drop outside the bunker.25-1. Abnormal Ground Conditions
Interference by an abnormal ground condition occurs when a ball lies in or touches the condition or when the condition interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player's ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an abnormal ground condition on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.
Note: The Committee may make a Local Rule stating that interference by an abnormal ground condition with a player's stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule.b. Relief
Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an abnormal ground condition as follows:
(a) Without penalty, in accordance with Clause (i) above, except that the nearest point of relief must be in the bunker and the ball must be dropped in the bunker or, if complete relief is impossible, as near as possible to the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole, on a part of the course in the bunker that affords maximum available relief from the condition; or
(iii) On the Putting Green: If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not in a hazard or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief or maximum available relief may be off the putting green.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted under Rule 25-1b.