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Aug
17
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

I think we’ve all agreed that Dustin Johnson should take the most blame for his mistake, but this whole situation just hasn’t sat well with me. As a former competitive golfer, I’ve been playing the above YouTube video (via Geoff Shackelford) repeatedly and wondering what I would have done. Did I read the local rules? Well, the officials usually shoved them down our throats, so I’d at least skim them. But it was usually stuff about the flower beds, etc, and I’d keep a copy in my bag to refer to if needed (which wasn’t often). When it comes to waste bunkers, I would definitely double-check and sometimes ask my playing partners or a rules official for clarification.

Would I have grounded my club in DJ’s situation? I don’t know. I’ve never been on the 72nd hole at a major championship with the lead. But I will say that I probably wouldn’t have bothered calling a rules official if I didn’t think it looked like a bunker. Okay, it kind of looked like sand, but there were also patches of grass mixed in the sand. That’s the main issue here — if a player can’t tell he’s in a bunker, then something’s very, very wrong.

Unfortunately, it was like a perfect storm of everything that could have gone wrong in the situation.

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Aug
16
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

I watched the playoff live even though my mood was dampened by the Dustin Johnson bunker debacle. I ended up standing next to Herb Kohler and Pete Dye behind the 18th green as Kaymer and Bubba putted out. Mr. Kohler didn’t seem very happy. In fact, I got the sense he was livid.

When I was watching the playoff, it occurred to me that this could be a little preview of match at the Ryder Cup (should have emphasized that more in my story). I’m pretty sure 99.9% of the gallery was pulling for Bubba — partly because the Wisconsinites didn’t seem to know much about Kaymer.

Here are some excerpts of my story via the Wall Street Journal:

Even though I never heard anyone yell, “Yeah, Kaymer!” the fans were still respectful and applauded loudly when deserved. As Kaymer and Watson walked toward the green, the crowded chanted, “USA, USA!” With the Ryder Cup being a subplot this week, perhaps this was a little preview of what’s to come in October.

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