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Sawgrass closes three greens for Monday practice

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The condition of some of the greens at TPC Sawgrass continues to be a concern for PGA Tour officials, and three putting surfaces will remain closed on Monday, just three days before the start of The Players Championship.

As first reported by the Florida Times-Union's website, Jacksonville.com, a text message sent to players on Sunday advised that the fourth, 11th and 12th greens will be closed to all practice on Monday and players were advised to “not hit any shots to these greens.”

Five of the Stadium Course’s greens were severely damaged by a combination of a cold and wet winter and the “misapplication” of a product designed to combat the wintery conditions.


12th hole TPC Sawgrass

Par-4 12th green at TPC Sawgrass


Nos. 4, 9, 11, 12 and 14 were the slowest to recover and last week officials canceled all practice rounds this weekend at the home of the circuit’s flagship event.

“It isn’t one thing that caused this, it was several things, shade, foot traffic, winter conditions, and the application program, while accepted as the right thing to do, it proved to be too aggressive,” said Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president of communication and international affairs.

The Tour began using temporary greens beginning on March 28 and the course was closed on April 14.

The circuit also removed a “significant” amount of trees to help speed the recovery and announced last week that following the 2015 championship the Stadium Course’s greens will be resurfaced with a hardier variety of Bermuda grass and expanded to reduce the impact of foot traffic.