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Ruling Range - February 2017

February 1, 2017
The Dilemma

It's late February, and you find yourself standing on the 16th hole at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. The grandstands have long been emptied out, but you can still hear invisible fans chanting your name. The moment is considerable. Your adrenaline is unmatched. 8 iron in hand, you hammer it directly over the pin and off of the empty seats. And after a few ricohets, the ball comes to rest to the left of the green, right up against the base of the grandstand. Still excited, but undoubtedly confused, you ask your playing partner for a ruling. 

The Ruling

Your playing partner correctly informs you that just like a professionals on television, you are entitled to free relief no closer to the hole from the Temporary Immovable Obstruction (TIO). And just like a pro, you take your legal drop, hit a perfect chip six inches from the cup and quietly rejoice that the chanting fans weren't harmed by your violent 8 iron.