So you get relief from a cart path but not a public traffic area?
Dustin Johnson was stripped of his playoff berth and penalized for grounding his club in a bunker. This bunker was defined by unthinking rules officials as being a legit bunker, whether or not the gallery outside the ropes had trampled and littered in it for four days.
IMO it was a waste bunker at best. This is a tragedy of over-thinking and over-design.
There will be a lot written about this, but there is no rewind of history or ignorance. Shame on the PGA and Whistling Straits.
Bad rules are no excuse for claiming justice.