Whistling Straits removes infamous Dustin Johnson ‘bunker’

Dustin Johnson hits from the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dustin Johnson probably still has nightmares over the penalty that cost him the 2010 PGA Championship. But here’s some good news: the bunker that cost him his first major five years ago won’t be in play next week at Whistling Straits.

Graeme McDowell played a practice round at the Wisconsin course on Tuesday, and G-Mac indicated that Johnson won’t face that daunting bunker this time around.

“There’s a big stand over Dustin’s bunker, though,” McDowell said Thursday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “There’s a big corporate hospitality unit on Dustin’s bunker. So you’re in good shape if you whip it through that fairway.”

DJ held a one-shot lead on the 72nd hole of the 2010 PGA Championship, and after holing out he expected to be in a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson. Instead, he was informed by a tournament official that he had inadvertently grounded his club in a small bunker before hitting his final approach. Fans had been standing in it, unaware that it was a bunker. Johnson wasn’t clear on the ground’s status as a hazard, either, and the two-shot penalty cost him a major.