PGA Championship

Valhalla Golf Club


Splash Down

By Ron Kaspriske Photos by Cy Cyr
March 19, 2015


1. Yes. It’s in when any part touches it. (definitions)

2. Yes, but it’s a penalty if you ground your club in the hazard before making the stroke. (rule 13-4)

3. Yes. With a lateral hazard, you may find the point on the opposite margin of the hazard that is equidistant to the hole with the point where your ball entered. Then drop within two club-lengths of that point, no closer to the hole. (rule 26-1c)

4. Yes. This is casual water. (Rule 25-1b; decision 25/2)

5. No. Under a one-stroke penalty, you may drop on the side of the hazard from where you just hit, on a line drawn from the hole through that spot where the ball last entered the water hazard. Or you can simply replay the shot. (rule 26-1)

6. No. Any second ball would be considered in play under penalty of stroke and distance. (rules 27-1, 27-2; decision 27-2a/2)

7. No. Once a ball is dropped, it’s in play. You may change your option before dropping. (decisions 25-1b/9, 24-2b/5)

8. Yes. With a one-stroke penalty, you can proceed under any of the rule’s options available to you before you hit from the water hazard. (rule 26-2)

9. No. If you know or are virtually certain it’s in, proceed under water-hazard rules. Note: Just hearing or seeing a splash isn’t enough evidence. (decision 26-1/1)

10. No. A ditch is defined as a water hazard regardless of the depth of its water or whether it is marked as a hazard. (definitions, decision 26/3)