Good morning from the British Open ... oops ... PGA Championship.
Upon my arrival today at the site of this major championship, it kind of felt as if I was on the Irish coast, Scotland perhaps, because the Atlantic Ocean looks to be in a frenzy and the winds are feisty, my friends. The flags on the grounds are flapping (see accompanying image to the right), which could make for a very interesting day if this continues for the second round of the PGA Championship here at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C.
Before sunrise, though, the issue with the elements had everything to do with more rain, which pelted the golf course multiple times in practice rounds.
"Officially, we got .85 (of an inch of rain) overnight into this morning," The Ocean Course superintendent Jeff Stone tells me. "The staff went out by 4:30 (a.m.), and by then it had begun to lighten up. We squeegeed, got everything double cut, got the sandy areas to drain nicely. There are pockets of standing water here and there, like at the front left of 16, which will take a little time to dry."
The Telvent meteorologists on site call for gusts up to 30 mph around 2 this afternoon, and rain chances are 60 percent from that time on through at least 6 p.m.