By chance his 'back on line' option took him through a fortuitous curve in the shape of the penalty area (ie pond). He then had 1 club length to either side of that line in which to drop, which meant his line of play was not actually over the water. The 'opportunity' arose because the penalty area was in front of the green and the hole was positioned well to the right. Vijay's shot went well to the left so his 'back on line' relief line (which I prefer to call the flagline) from hole/flagstick, through point of entry and beyond, was from the far left almost beyond the 'far' end of the penalty area.
I will try to post a rough diagram later if the above doesn't make sense.
Edit: Simplified diagram of situation added. Hope it helpd.
Since the ball crossed the yellow penalty area marking and then rolled back into the penalty area he was allowed to take a line from where it crossed the yellow line keeping the spot it crossed and the hole in a straight line to establish his reference point once he established his reference point he had one club length on either side to make his relief area to drop his ball in , the relief area for dropping is the shape of a half circle with one club radius. Rules of golf book shows very good illustrations
golfmonkey: First login. I learned alot on the GEA in the last 20 years and its good to see that the forum has survived. Also great to see that many of the great beasts that led the herd have survived the migration.
May 14, 2019 14:58:51 GMT -7