Monty, if you go back to post 12 in this thread I explained that the wording in the Specimen Local Rule simply says the lie to which the Ball is preferred may not be a hazard or a putting green. Essentially that leaves fairways and rough.
Doesn't that scenario exist even when the full local rule is specified though?
I had to ask the question earlier about this exact scenario as I was unsure whether or not that action (preferring from fairway to rough) contradicted the rule.
In the dispute scenario A can tell B “on the Board it refers to the Appendix I for detail. I know that allows me to prefer from fairway to rough. We can pull out the Rule Book now and find it in print. If you want to look in the book later, that would be good.”
If there is no reference to the Appendix Spec LR interpretation is left to the player who might well read the statement as limiting the placement area to the fairway. In fact that is the obvious interpretation.
The Committee will have a simple job dealing with arguments between A and B and generally assisting players understand what is meant.