Damage from mower mishap deemed ground under repair


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The small areas of turf damaged on the 14th and 17th greens at Atlanta Athletic Club are being played as ground under repair at the PGA Championship through to the tournament's end.

Players will be given free relief, per Rule 25-1 of the Rules of Golf.

Atlanta Athletic Club grounds chief Ken Mangum said the brushers on the front of the mowers that are used to make the grass stand up straight somehow snagged the turf early Wednesday evening. Small chunks of around 1-by-2 feet of grass were torn up.

“We felt like our hearts had been ripped out,” Mangum said.

Mangum said the cause is “a total mystery,” but the brushers have been removed from the mowers. He speculated that an unusual change in humidity may have contributed to the problem. The damaged turf was re-sodded. Both small patches are near the edge of the 14th and 17th greens.