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#Whistling Straits

# whistling-straits - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Harrington sees future Ryder Cups being played at neutral venues to eliminate home advantage

A year out from Whistling Straits, the 2020 team captains spoke at a media event today.

# whistling-straits - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Harrington will make Ryder Cup candidates 'jump through a few more hoops' to make cut

Padraig Harrington said he wants passionate and devoted players to face the US at Whistling Straits next year.

# whistling-straits - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

'The guys would like continuity' - Padraig Harrington open to captaining Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup 'for the good of the team' O Captain My Captain This post contains videos

'The guys would like continuity' - Padraig Harrington open to captaining Europe at 2020 Ryder Cup 'for the good of the team'

The Dubliner said that Team Europe would benefit from continuity following their success at Le Golf National last weekend.

# whistling-straits - Saturday 15 August, 2015

64-foot eagle putt launches McIlroy's charge up the leaderboard at PGA Championship

An Aussie still leads though… and it’s not Jason Day

# whistling-straits - Friday 14 August, 2015

This stat helps to put Rory McIlroy's opening round into perspective

There weren’t many better scores than McIlroy’s on Thursday afternoon.

Solid start from McIlroy as he leads the Irish charge at the year's final major

Dustin Johnson is setting the pace following the opening round of play at the PGA Championship.

# whistling-straits - Thursday 13 August, 2015

The PGA Championship came up with an odd way to fix the infamous 'Dustin Johnson bunker'

DJ returns to the scene of his heartbreaking 2010 loss.

# whistling-straits - Tuesday 11 August, 2015

'To play golf, it's 100%. To go back on a soccer pitch, it wouldn't be quite ready.'

The World Number One has declared himself ready for this week’s PGA Championship.

# whistling-straits - Tuesday 4 August, 2015

Could Rory McIlroy be set for dramatic return to action at next week's US PGA?

McIlroy hasn’t played since injuring his ankle last month.

# whistling-straits - Monday 16 August, 2010

DUSTIN JOHNSON was left heartbroken after a questionable referee’s ruling on the final hole of the USPGA championship cost him two strokes – and a chance to win his first Major.

Johnson only needed to stay level on the par-4 18th hole but sliced his drive into the crowd, where the ball landed on a bare patch of ground surrounded by spectators.

With the ground being quite bare around the spot on which his ball had landed, Johnson assumed the piece was just considered a rough patch and shot on – only to be informed afterwards that the moderately sandy ground was considered a bunker.

Johnson went on to rescue a 5 and enter a three-way play-off – or so he thought, until he was informed by a course referee that he had incurred two penalty strokes by breaching the rules of bunker play.

In designated bunkers, golfers are not allowed to rest their club on the sand’s surface before striking at the ball – but Johnson, unaware of the area’s classification, rested his club twice as he addressed the ball and incurred a penalty.

As a result, Johnson fell from a play-off to a tie for fifth – leaving Germany’s Martin Kaymer and big-hitting American Bubba Watson to contest the play-off alone, which Kaymer won on the third hole.

Afterwards, Johnson said he simply did not know that the area was considered a sand trap, remarking that the area had already been so trampled by spectators – who do not walk on the course itself during play – that he simply thought he had missed the fairway.

There are over 1,200 bunkers on the Whistling Straits course, and not all are considered in play – raising the question of how many other golfers committed the same ‘foul’ with no penalty.

[caption id="attachment_11995" align="alignnone" width="383" caption="Johnson is informed by a course referee of his two-stroke penalty."]Johnson is informed by a course referee of his two-stroke penalty.[/caption]

On Twitter, fellow golfers Ian Poulter, John Daly and Stewart Cink all leapt to Johnson’s defence. Poulter said he had not observed any notice in the changing rooms which was meant to inform golfers of the bunker classifications, while Cink said the course’s managers should reconsider the “bunker-ish features”.

Daly queried whether the areas considered as bunkers were manicured and maintained in the manner that more obvious sand traps would be, following up on Poulter’s observation that there were only 100 rakes on course to tend to the 1,200+ sand traps.

Ireland’s Rory McIlroy also missed out on a playoff, though was content to record his second consecutive third-place finish in a Major tournament.

After the weekend’s proceedings, both Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods will require captain’s wildcard picks in order to make the European and United States’ Ryder Cup teams respectively.