"We were walking the course on a cart path only day. The course was somewhat soft, due to the previous days rain. Larry's drive embedded half way up the approach slope to the par-3 green. Larry wanted to lift and clean his ball and take a free drop. Scott, another member of the foursome said heck no, he specifically recalled reading a rule prohibiting relief for a ball in a pitch mark.
Was Larry entitled to relief? What is the correct ruling?"
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