PGA clarify sand ruling

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It has been confirmed that the sandy waste areas at Kiawah Island will not be regarded as bunkers at the PGA Championship.

The PGA of America have sought to avoid confusion at next month’s PGA Championship by clarifying that the sandy waste areas at Kiawah Island will not be regarded as bunkers.

The announcement comes so that there is no repeat of the drama that occurred at the 2010 championship at Whistling Straits, which like Kiawah Island has several “off-track” waste areas. Dustin Johnson was denied the opportunity to contest a play-off for the title after he incurred a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a waste area.

“With the unique topography of the Ocean Course, natural sandy areas spread throughout the entire property. All of these areas will be treated alike and played as ‘through the green’,” stated PGA of America President, Allen Wronowski.

“We believe that by establishing the Condition of Play for the 94th PGA Championship well in advance, it will help players and spectators prepare for this spectacular major championship experience.”

As a result of the ruling, players will be able to take practice swings, lightly ground their clubs and remove any lose impediments from sandy areas.

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