Players criticize decision not to lift, clean and place


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite a forecast that called for a 90 percent chance of rain, officials with the PGA of America did not play preferred lies for Friday’s second round at the PGA Championship, a decision that drew the ire of some players.

“We were questioning in the fairway on (No.) 1 why we had to hit into a puddle because the fairway was already underwater,” said Ryan Palmer, who is tied for second place at 7 under par and teed off in the day’s first group off No. 1.

“We were questioning why we have to hit a second shot into a green that’s already half in standing water. They said that’s just golf. We’re like, tell the guy indoors that’s making the decision to come check it out, because it’s wet.”

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Play was stopped for 45 minutes just after the first groups set out because the course had become unplayable, and although the rain let up throughout the day the course at Valhalla Golf Club remained soggy.

It was particularly hard for the early starters who had to deal with wet grips as well as mud balls.

“It was so wet to start that it was easy to go bogey, bogey, bogey and your tournament could be over,” Henrik Stenson said. “I was inside watching the early guys and felt for them. They potentially made one or two bogeys out there, and I’m not talking about the players.”