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    How to Distinguish Between Golf Sand Bunkers & Waste Bunkers

    How to Distinguish Between Golf Sand Bunkers & Waste Bunkers

    Some of the top golfers in the world have been unable to distinguish between sand bunkers and waste areas, also known as waste bunkers. In 2010, Dustin Johnson played a shot out of a sandy area outside the ropes on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. Assuming he was in a waste bunker, he grounded his club behind the ball in an area that had been defined by the PGA of America as a sand bunker. The two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a sand bunker knocked him out of a playoff. Usually, however, it's pretty easy to tell the difference between bunkers and waste areas.

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