PGA Championship Somewhat Ruined By Bunker Ruling

August 15, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Reporting before the playoff begins.  PGA officials just shot themselves in the foot ruining a great ending to a golf tournament, which happens to be a major.  Dustin Johnson appeared to bogey the final hole of the PGA, setting up a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.  But he grounded his club in what was deemed a bunker and it may have been at one time.  But when you allow spectators to stand over the area, trampling it down and encircling the player when he attempts to hit the shot that is not a bunker anymore!  Where were the officials?  This was the last group of the day and the leader is out on the course.  Shameful!

Update: Martin Kaymer, who made a terrific up and down on 18, to get into the playoff came back after being down after the first hole to win the three hole playoff against Bubba Watson.  Congratulations to Martin, Wisconsin and Whistling Straits which is a magnificent golf course.


3 Responses to “PGA Championship Somewhat Ruined By Bunker Ruling”

  1. Montague Demment on August 15th, 2010 9:19 pm

    While the local rule is clear in the recent PGA Championship, there is something inherently unfair to have bunkers divided into two types, those that are raked into which no one but the players, caddies and course staff are allowed and others that anyone can enter and are not raked. In reality the latter are waste areas, not bunkers…if they are bunkers then they should be tended. This ruling exposes the flawed nature of the course design and/or the concept that these areas are all bunkers. The course does not really need all 1300+ “bunkers” but just real rough that would be equally penal but less likely to produce the unfortunate end to today’s championship..

  2. Keip Groff on August 15th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Stupidity always prevails. The P G A Tournament today was ruined by the people who are in charge of the P G A. Golf took another backward step. In most sports the officials are constantly reminding the players of the proper conduct and procedures to guarantee a fair contest.

    It is unimaginable to me that the P G A officials could stand idly by and allow that young man to enter that piece of walked over turf without some comment. For that mistake the P G A has taken a giant step backward. Some administrative changes should be made.

    Little wonder that some many folks do no understand golf.

  3. Allan Phillips on August 16th, 2010 1:25 pm

    I am confused by this ruling. The local rule stated “All areas of the course that were designed and built as sand bunkers will be played as bunkers “. From what I could see the area that he grounded his club was not inside the area “designed and built” as a sand bunker, but rather a sandy area outside the original bumker created by people walking through the bunker. I would love the PGA to prove that he was actually inside an area originally “designed and built” as a bunker.

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