Bunkers will not be a problem at 2012 PGA

Kiawah's Ocean Course
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The sand areas around the course will be treated as "natural sandy areas" and not bunkers.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, August 06, 2012 | 9:14 p.m.


Standing at the airport carousel, I see my old friend Mark Wilson - former Rules Chairman for the PGA of America and still on the rules committee. After an initial greeting, I bring up (and confirm) - "No bunkers at the Ocean Course."
"No bunkers at the Ocean Course," he nodded. And then he continued.
"You know we (the PGA of America) did not have bunkers here in 1991 during the Ryder Cup - nor at the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship nor the 2007 Senior PGA Championship. That rule is a product of architecture, not a reaction to any event that occured previously."
Of course, that was the infamous bunker at Whistling Straits that cost Dustin Johnson a spot in the playoff, ultimately won by Martin Kaymer.
This means players will be able to ground a club, remove a obstruction or take a practice swing in these areas. There will be plenty fescue, ponds, marshes, waste areas and even alligators to avoid - but bunkers will not be a problem.