FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – There is another hazard present on the Bethpage Black course for the second round of The Barclays – and it wasn’t one designer A.W. Tillighast had in mind.
Just left and short of the 18th green, a large bee hive is resting on the outer edge of a bunker.
The area is currently roped off and players will be given relief if a ball lands in the area.
According to USGA Decision 1-4/10: Dangerous Situation; Rattlesnake or Bees Interfere With Play, “It is unreasonable to expect the player to play from such a dangerous situation and unfair to require the player to incur a penalty under Rule 26 (Water Hazards) or Rule 28 (Ball Unplayable). If the ball lay through the green, the player may, without penalty, drop a ball within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest spot not nearer the hole that is not dangerous and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green. If the ball lay in a hazard, the player may drop a ball, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest spot not nearer the hole that is not dangerous.”