I have a column coming up on the PGA Championship and the two-stroke penalty on young star Dustin Johnson. But this I can ask now: Did Pete Dye, the course architect, actually intend to create a bunker in the spot from where Johnson hit his now-controversial shot? The rule in play (an inordinately stupid rule on a stupid, goofy-golf course) says that “All areas of the course that were designed and built as sand bunkers will be played as bunkers (hazards)….” All other commenters are saying that the rule is clear. But the question is not whether a bunker is to be played as a bunker; the question is whether that patch of ground is a bunker to begin with. Was it DESIGNED and BUILT as a bunker? It was anything but obvious from where announcer David Feherty stood, right at the spot. So somebody should ask the architect. Mr. Dye, was that indeed a bunker that you built there?
I’ll bet even he can’t say for sure. And if he can’t, that would make the PGA look stupid indeed.