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24-2b/1 Determining "Nearest Point of Relief"

The Note to the Definition of "Nearest Point of Relief" provides that the player should determine this point "by using the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such stroke." May the player use any club, address position, direction of play or swing in determining the nearest point of relief?

No. In determining the nearest point of relief accurately it is recommended that the player use the club, address position, direction of play and swing (right or left-handed) that he would have used had the obstruction or condition not been there. For example, the player has interference from an immovable obstruction and, were it not for the obstruction, he would have used a right-handed stroke with a 4-iron to play the ball from its original position towards the green. To determine the nearest point of relief accurately, he should use a right-handed stroke with a 4-iron and the direction of play should be towards the green. See also Decisions 20-2c/0.7 and 20-2c/0.8.

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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1928 Birthday of Betsy Rawls

May 04

four-time U.S. Women’s Open champion,<br/><br/>A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas, Betsy Rawls grew up studying golf under Harvey Penick. Rawls won back-to-back Texas Amateurs before finishing runner-up in the 1950 U.S. Women’s Open. She turned professional the following year and embarked on a career that included 55 wins and eight major championships. Rawls won four U.S. Women’s Opens, including a memorable victory in 1957 when Jacqueline Pung, who beat Rawls by one stroke, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. In addition, Rawls broke a gender barrier in 1980 by becoming the first woman to serve on the USGA Rules Committee for the men’s U.S. Open.

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