The 18th hole at Kiawah Island is a 474-yard par-4 that has bunkers running up the righthand side of the hole and the green is protected by bunkers to the lefthand side.
It can be a tough and daunting hole to negotiate, especially if a player is under the pressure of contending in a major championship on Sunday afternoon.
However, some golf fans noticed that there is potential for players to use a bail-out area to the left of the 18th hole, where the grandstand is positioned.
Hitting it into the left grandstand on 18 might be the optimal play. Zero risk, free drop into a perfect lie on trampled rough with a great angle at the green. Sign me up! https://t.co/g0a7wCKO6r pic.twitter.com/IZFdI0M3Oe— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) May 20, 2021
Sebastián Muñoz incredibly hit his ball into a rubbish bin which was attached to this grandstand and he was granted full relief and went on to make par.
Although Muñoz did not play this shot to obtain relief on purpose, golf fans became aware that if players were to deliberately hit their ball at this grandstand, they would be granted relief in a fairly flat area of grass where they are unlikely to get a bad lie.
This position from the hole also opens up the green nicely and this could become an option for players who do not want to risk trying to find the middle of the fairway.
Golf fans shared their views on the possibility on social media:
This is.... not good.— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) May 20, 2021
Just heard from a player that said more and more guys are gonna start realizing that this is actually the play.
As Keegan just did.... https://t.co/lnu8OzmZUk
What's the fix? Change the rule to say 'nearest relief not in the trampled area'?— Scott Springer (@Springco) May 20, 2021
Welcome to tour golf. It’s not real golf like the everyday player plays with gallery and grandstands to block,stop, and get free drops from. It’s entertainment.— Kevin Roman (@kevinromangolf) May 20, 2021
Just make it OB three feet away from the base of the stands. Problem solved, you can try the bank shot if you like, but if you don’t pull it off, you’re reloading. This grandstanding needs to be stopped.— Mark Leitch (@LeitchGolf87) May 20, 2021