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A ruling Dustin Johnson could love

Updated: January 26, 2011, 8:59 PM ET
By Bob Harig

In a classic example of enacting a local rule, this week the European Tour has deemed all sand at the Volvo Golf Champions to be waste areas, not bunkers.

That means any sand on the course is not considered a hazard, and players can take practice swings, ground their clubs and remove loose impediments.

That is in stark contrast to what occurred last year at the PGA Championship, where all sand on the Whistling Straits course was deemed to be a hazard.

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