Here’s a photo of the bunker Dustin Johnson hit out of on 18th hole at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin yesterday:
(If it quacks like a bunker …)
Yes, the crowd covered the lip of the bunker for that shot but he was clearly standing in what was defined as a bunker in the USGA rule book and local rules. (Of course, Johnson yesterday didn’t have the luxury of that perspective.)
It was that bunker where Johnson grounded his club, effectively costing himself up to $1,079,167. After the golfer was penalized two strokes for his unfortunate action, Johnson was eliminated from a three-way playoff that led to Martin Kaymer claiming the Wanamaker Trophy.
Kaymer’s haul: $1.35 million. Johnson? $270,833.
Sky Sports golf writer Dave Tindall in London has a very long piece today that underlines the apparently still-vast cultural differences between the U.S. and the U.K.
Tindall reports on the local outrage over the on-course hygiene of pro golfers. Namely, the Brits are pissed about all the spitting.
The other general concensus is that it appears to be, shall we say, an American disease.
What baffles many UK golf fans is that it’s not just the American young bucks (i.e. Dustin Johnson, whose phlegm levels were clearly set to high during his win at Pebble Beach) who are guilty but also some of the well-to-do veterans such as ‘Gentleman’ Jim Furyk.
Tiger Woods is a serial spitter too, prompting well-known cricket commentator Jack Bannister to tell Talksport viewers last week: “Tiger’s speech lasted 13 minutes and I think it’s the longest time I’ve seen him go without spitting.”
In short, it’s become an issue. In fact, the Sky Sports Golf team have been inundated with so many e-mails on the subject that it led the show’s presenter Robert Lee to declare: “Let’s start a campaign to stamp it out.” Read more…
On almost every college campus, the football players are the BMOCs, and I would suspect that the atmosphere is no different at Coastal Carolina University is no different than any place else. So we shouldn’t be that surprised that members of their men’s golf team decided to copy the cool kids by going out and getting arrested.
You might remember the Chanticleers’ football team for trying to keep up arrest-for-arrest with Penn State leading up to their game earlier this season. The MYRTLE BEACH SUN NEWS reports that three members of the golf team have gotten in on the fun, having been written up for alcohol charges after a traffic stop on Saturday. And yes, this is a story that involves drunk golfers in the South, but no, John Daly was not driving.