After much of the discussion this week has focused on the conditions of the greens at Quail Hollow Club, PGA Tour officials were likely looking forward to next week's edition of The Players, staged on a layout where course conditions are rarely if ever brought into question. Unfortunately for them, Mother Nature did not cooperate.
With much of the country currently enduring poor weather, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. was no exception as TPC Sawgrass, set to host one of the Tour's marquee events in less than a week, was deluged with rain Thursday. According to a release from the Tour, the Stadium Course received more than 5 inches of rain during a 36-hour span, forcing the decision to close the course to spectators Monday, May 6 to allow for drainage.
Though the event is still expected to take place without issue, a photo from the course's agronomy blog (pictured above) shows that the bridge connecting to the island green at the par-3 17th is partially submerged, just three days before players are expected to arrive for what is unofficially deemed the season's fifth major.
Per the release, fans with tickets for Monday will be able to use them for the same access on Tuesday, May 7.