November 15, 2022
Not raking a bunker this week at Asian Tour Q-College might lead to a fantastic.
There are few extra irritating emotions in golf than strolling as much as an already tough bunker shot and discovering your ball sitting in an enormous ol’ footprint.
Any probability you had of placing some spin on that sucker is probably going toast.
In case you’ve ever discovered your self the sufferer of another person’s negligence, then you definitely may end up a fan of this rule from the primary stage of the Asian Tour’s Q College in Arizona.
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Mini-tour whisperer Ryan French obtained a maintain of the gamers’ data for the qualifying collection’ solely American website — at Oakcreek Nation Membership — and noticed fairly the cruel penalty for not upholding one of many easiest items of golf etiquette.
The Asian Tour is NOT F’ing round about raking bunkers at Q-school in Arizona. A poorly raked bunker going to set you again 3 C-notes. pic.twitter.com/xF2Y8a6EdK— Monday Q Information (@acaseofthegolf1) November 13, 2022
Sure, you learn that proper: an automated $300 fantastic for failure to rake a bunker.
That could be pocket change to established Tour professionals, for a lot of gamers within the area on the opening spherical of Asian Tour Q College that may very well be every week’s meal price range.
That is the primary time the Asian Tour, which now has ties to LIV after the Saudi breakaway league invested $400 million within the tour, has held an occasion on U.S. soil. Prime finishers on the U.S. website and 4 others will transfer on to the Ultimate Qualifying stage in January.
It’s additionally the primary time since 2020 the Asian Tour is internet hosting Q College after Covid compelled its cancelation in 2021 and ’22.
Whereas not each participant might have a caddie this week, these loopers who’re on website shall be on heightened alert to not trigger his participant monetary hurt.
The rule additionally begs a query of enforcement. Early phases of Q College typically are naked bones, so it’s unclear who will serve within the function of bunker police this week at Oakcreek.
If we’re being trustworthy, this a rule no tour ought to need to implement. Raking bunkers is straightforward, and a part of your responsibility as a golfer, even within the pressure-cooker of Q College.
Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf staff and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but in addition producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He might be reached at [email protected]