The PGA Tour Should Ban Bunker Rakes

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Imagine if childhood sandboxes were as pristine as PGA Tour bunkers; my daughter might still be playing in hers.

Tour golf is like a TV show, with courses as the stage and manicured bunkers as part of the set design.

Landing in a bunker isn't a penalty on the Tour; it's a chance for players to showcase their skills and save par.

The best sand scramblers on the PGA Tour get up and down almost two-thirds of the time, showcasing their excellence.

While greenskeepers prep bunkers at the start of the day, that's the last time the bunkers get attention.

If a shot lands in a footprint or behind a sand clump, players need to figure it out, just like weekend warriors on neglected courses.

Despite the discomfort, Tour bunkers likely won't get as bad as local ones; accepting some awkwardness in weekly events might be okay.

Arguments against this idea include the advantage of early tee times, but this evens out over Thursday and Friday.

The PGA Tour might not go for unraked bunkers due to potential drops in sand save percentages or unexpected outcomes in significant tournaments, but the motto remains: "Don't hit your ball in there."

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