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Dur­ing the re­cently con­cluded Open cham­pi­onship, an in­ter­na­tional team of ref­er­ees from 30 dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions han­dled nearly 400 rul­ings. This was an aver­age of over two rul­ings per group per round. The most com­mon rul­ing was re­lief from ei­ther mov­able or im­mov­able ob­struc­tions (Rules 24-1 and 24-2), such as roads, sprin­kler heads and tele­vi­sion ca­bles, which oc­curred 70 times through the week. Due to the large in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to stage a ma­jor, there were also many grand­stands, TV tow­ers, food out­lets and drinks tents lo­cated around the course. De­spite these struc­tures be­ing lo­cated as far away as pos­si­ble from the fair­ways, 48 rul­ings were needed to give re­lief from these un­der the Lo­cal Rule for tem­po­rary im­mov­able ob­struc­tions (TIOS). As these struc­tures are not part of the nor­mal chal­lenge of the course, this spe­cial TIO Lo­cal Rule also al­lows the play­ers line of sight re­lief. Next on the pop­u­lar rul­ings list were re­lief from water haz­ards and play­ers ask­ing if their ball was on or off the putting green. It was par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to tell where the edge of the 8th green was in parts and to as­sist with this, small blue paint dots were added to the edge of the putting green to high­light the def­i­ni­tion.

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