It’s one rule for one and one for the other. Or is it? Forget having to decide if belly putters should or should be legalized, what about the PGA changing their mind every five minutes on what is or isn’t a bunker? Well maybe not every five minutes, but every two years.
The new ruling called the “Dustin Johnson Dictat” (by me) states that all bunkering at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course which will host next month’s PGA Championship will be considered “sandy areas”. That really means that all the sandy areas might look like bunkers, but will be played like waste areas, where players can ground their club, remove stones and bash about as much sand as they wish with their practice swings.
Basically there will be no bunkers on the golf course.
So you can imagine how Dustin Johnson feels having heard this rule. Exactly two years ago he and a couple of hundred people were stood in what best can be described as a grassless cliffside at Whistling Straits only to have a fowl called on him for grounding his club in a “bunker”.
According to the PGA they didn’t change the rule to help everyone out or really annoy Dustin this year. Apparently in Kiawah it has always been the done thing being that the course is set amongst natural sand dunes. The same rule applied at the 1991 Ryder Cup.
Dustin Johnson is 33/1 with the bookies to win now that he can bring his bucket and spade!