With one of the years strongest field waiting to tee off Thursday morning in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort South Carolina, the biggest variable just might be the weather. There has been strong thunder storms in the area for all of the practice rounds, and the Weather Channel is calling for possible afternoon thunder storms for each day of the Championship. Kiawah Island is located in the South, and you can almost set your watch this time of year for those afternoon pop-up showers to occur at any given moment.
The golf course is built on sandy soil that has a swampy feel, so it will drain quickly when the rain does come, but with the fairways remaining somewhat damp, the players will not get the needed run out on some of these monster holes. Tiger Woods in a press conference after his practice round on Tuesday, made reference to this problem. He indicated that if this is the case, the PGA might give them some generous tee’s during the first two rounds, to both speed up play, and give everyone a break. He further indicated the lucky one’s left to play the weekend might not get any breaks.
The pop up storms tend to come with a swirling wind, which will play havoc with errant shots all over the golf course. I’m sure that the PGA will be cognizant of approaching weather after what happened last weekend at the stock car race in Pocono, and quickly pull players and fans off the course, in the event of threatening weather. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is pretty muck out in the open, and close to the Atlantic Ocean. Players and fans will be exposed if weather comes in.
Golfers who have the most patience during these delays will have an advantage, providing the PGA will let players warm up prior to returning to the golf course if they have been idle and cooled off during any waiting period.
This should be a great tournament, and a fitting end to what we’ve seen all season. With the last 15 of the last 16 major tournaments being won by first time major winners, why would we expect anything else this weekend.
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