Blowers, rollers, squeegees for casual water on putting green. GoRaC 6.8 and Decision 33/1. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-11-30.
IN DEPTH: From Decision 33/1: "If casual water accumulates on a putting green the Committee may do what is necessary to eliminate the condition without suspending play. It might e.g. use blowers, brushes, rollers or squeegees. In such cases, the Committee may, when necessary, enlist the help of players to eliminate the condition. It is not necessary to suspend play to take these actions. However, a player would be in breach of Rule 13-2 if he were to mop up casual water on his line of play or line of putt without the Committees permission."

Suggested wording. Note 4 should only be used when the weather is extremely bad. This Rule shall always stand under its own headline.

Blowers/Rollers/Squeegees for Casual Water on Putting Green 
Rain is expected and blower-/roller-/squeegee operators will be posted at vulnerable greens to assist continuous play. If the ball lies on a green and the player has interference by casual water on the green the player may either:

(a) take relief, without penalty, under Rule 25-1b(iii) or
(b) have the line of putt blown/rolled/squeegeed.

Note 1: If the weather conditions deteriorate a member of the Committee may, in every particular situation, authorise a combination of (a) and (b) i.e. allow the player to take relief under Rule 25-1b(iii) and have his line of putt blown/rolled/squeegeed.
Note 2: Such blowing/rolling/squeeging should be done across the line of putt and should extend a reasonable distance beyond the hole (i.e. at least a yard).
Note 3: When a players ball lies on the green the Committee may enlist the help players and their caddies in any blowing-/rolling-/squeegeeing- operation or if blower-/roller/squeegee-operators are not available the players and their caddies may on their own initiative blow/roll/squeegee their lines of putt if their are blowers/rollers/squeegees at the green.

Note 4:
 In exceptional cases a player whose ball lies off the green and has casual water on the green on his line of play which materially affects his intended stroke, may have the casual water cleared. A member of the Committee must, in every particular situation, authorise this before any blowing/rolling/squeeging takes place.   

: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

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