Once more back at the @RoseLadiesGolf event at @BrokenhurstGC and there were more than a few questions from members after the event about how Charley Hull was allowed to drop on the fairway side after finding the ditch from the 17th tee. These knowledgeable and alert members were questioning the decision because when the 2019 rule book was introduced this removed the opposite side relief option from the red penalty areas which were formally lateral water hazards.
The video explains:
So while Model Local Rule B-2 was in use to allow opposite side relief for this specific penalty area, it wasn’t required in this instance because the ball had crossed over the penalty area and then back in to it from the fairway side. This would not have been known without the ball spotters – if they hadn’t been there we would have needed to make the best estimate of where the ball last crossed in. The good news is that as long as this estimate is done using all available information there is no penalty even if subsequent information arises which demonstrates the estimate was very inaccurate.