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.