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I have a question about a situation I observed during Sunday's round at the PGA Championship. On the 5th hole, Kevin Chappell hooked his drive left. It hit a tree, bounced off the concrete cart path, over a green fence,into a porta-john area, and lodged under a porta-john. A rules official arrived before Kevin and entered the biffy area to locate the ball. After Kevin arrived, together they determined where it crossed the green fence. There was some moderately heated disagreement on the part of Chappell as to how to proceed, but eventually they determined the nearest point of relief (NPR)
The picture shows the 1st hole tee area and the 9th hole green (and the practice green). There is a fence approximately 15 feet high along the right edge of the cart path leaving the ninth hole and extends past the first set of trees. This fence protects the players on the 9th green from errant tee shots on the 1st hole. My approach shot, the Pitching Wedge, landed about pin high but maybe 10 feet to the right of the green which is a slope that caused the ball to bounce/roll forward, to the right, and to the cart path. The ball then rolled under the fence and ended just an inch or two to th