(updated 20/6 – to be clearer in the area that relief can be taken)
The Tree Root Rule has been changed on the advice of Golf NSW.
You now only get relief within 2 club-lengths of the cut fairway.
The relief is treated as GUR with a 1 club-length drop (not place).
The rule is as follows:
EXPOSED TREE ROOTS IN THE FAIRWAY or CLOSE VACINITY.
1.1. If a player’s ball is in the general area cut to fairway height or in the rough within two club-length of the edge of the fairway and there is interference to the path of the club head from exposed tree roots, the tree roots are treated as ground under repair. The player may, in consultation with their marker, take free relief of a one club length drop, under Rule 16.1b. Interference does not exist if the tree roots only interfere with the player’s stance.