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Friday
May032013

Videos: TPC Trying To Get Out From Under Downpours

Garry Smits calls them a "strange few days" and the videos would seem to confirm freakish weather in advance of The Players where a cool spring had already been causing trouble.

Video of the 18th fairway:



Meanwhile, if the grass growing thing doesn't work out for TPC Sawgrass Agronomy team member Lucas Andrews, he's got the accent and desire to let his hair get messy in high winds to be a CNN hurricane correspondent, as evidenced by the latest post on the TPC Sawgrass Agronomy blog.

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Well done report. 1 1/2 million gallons an hour pumped out from just that first location; then I thought he said 80 thoudad GPM, which would be 4.8 million GPH, so I don't know if I didn't understand him, or if he was not given accurate information; either way, they are doing a great job, and it looks like they will have the course ready for play in wonderful shape.

Del, you are the stat keeper, and Ky, you are the analyst, I'm just the mess, err, messenger.

Maybe we cn get Sean all fired up as to some conspired water flow issue! Ya never know. And Sean, i'm just funnin' you...we all appreciate your passion and thoughts.

Maybe Tommy, you can whip up and island green ''postcard'' header, in honor of the fifth major.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@ Digs

This one right here is completely cut and dry for me. Finchem, and his boondoggle handling of the Deer Antler Spray confession, has pissed off the golf gods. Now they're pissing all over his whine and dine corporate tents. They're showing him!! I've got my DVR all ready to record, and I've posted the rules trailer official telephone number on FB so all my friends can phone in possible rules infractions as they occur. With all that water out there I think it would be really cool to see Finchem call in Fred Ridley this week to help out with rulings, think its quite obvious this is going to be a week where 33-7 could come in very handy, and who better to make that determination than FRED??? I would suggest the committee get rid of all the drop circles, and red stakes, and just mark up everything yellow. With it being that wet down there it should be extreamly easy for Ridley to ascertain a players previous divot.

There's really no telling how long the golf gods are going to keep up this karma payback, maybe an apology to Guan would be a great place to start..!!
05.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean Murphy
Sean, you had me from "...completely cut and dry.....". I'm still laughing with your proposals to contend with the wrath of the Golf Gods.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3Jack
'' I've posted the rules trailer official telephone number on FB ''

Is this under your name? Do I have to get friended? I am on FB, bt I rarely check it out. I think you are totally correct in your assessment of the GG being POed. Thing is, they have been all year. Has any tournament gone off without a delay of some sort? Maybe this week, but a strong wind could blow up a sod roll on 10, an 18 inch wide trench 2 inches deep, of sand!

When golf and baseball were invented, they were simple, and they are meant to be simple. No DH in BB and self policing in golf; but Micelle Wie tried (very poorly) to explain her eyes were closed when she got the penalty in the hazard, and she was overruled by TV. So much for believing a pro.

Yes, with the VJ and the Riplean Rule of Reconsideration,, I say foot wedge and what have you are fair game. Outlaw golf. Bikini girl at each hole, walking around the green with a sign announcing the coming players and their score.

Bubba'a bigots can follow and yell and cheer loudly at each shot.

It's a new day, yall!

And that number, Sean...HD lives here at the Shack.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
It's 1:48 EST and still raining.

P.S. That Canadian-British accent drives the ladies crazy in Ponte Vedra, good on ya Lucas.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
@ Sean: I liked it. Very funny.

On a serious note, by the time play starts I hope the weather is better and the course is in a condition where they don't institute the lift, clean, and place in the fairway option.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
6:34, here we go again! Nothing on the radar but it's a frog choker.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Fairways should be fine by Thursday, temps expected to be in the 80's with no precipitation. The pro's shouldn't get too enamored with the fairways. Next on the list is to rip em up, sand cap at 3" and sprig Celebration bermudagrass for next year's tourney. Now back to the sandbags!
05.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Climate change? shurely shome mishtake...
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Fanbelt
LOL @ Sean. Golf Gods are the most discerning kind of gods out there....Looooooooong memories.

A week of lift clean and cheat ain't the end of the world...but the # of called-in "rules violations" are going to overheat the switchboards down at PV.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Analyst? Thanks, Digs, but maybe that's what I need. Just ask around our neighborhood here. Spent the weekend playing golf in the rain with 11 of my peeps at a state park about 160 miles north of PVB. It's really too bad and a sign of the apocalypse, but the park didn't have any pumps in evidence. Or maintenance staff. Or much grass on the greens. Must have been the cool spring. Or something. Maybe a lousy agronomist. But a good time was had by all, and I saw a pilieated woodpecker on a branch not 30 feet from the porch of my cabin yesterday and a pair of wild turkeys on the 10th hole this morning. A couple of snakes in the creek, brown waters I think, but I didn't make their acquaintance.

Anyway, Sean Murphy, Esquire par excellence, made me laugh when I returned to the world this Sunday evening. But this is what the whole thing in the video looks like to me: Fascinating, Remarkable, and Unsustainable. On steroids...from the golf course only a few feet above the natural water table, which is not going down that close to a slowly (for now) rising ocean level to the faux Addison Mizner outlet mall Tim built for himself and his 47 veeps above the 18th green. I suppose the Fifth of Four Majors will be interesting. When is it? This week? Didn't they move it to May for the better weather and drier conditions?

And about my golf weekend, which everyone is just dying to hear about, an old friend and I got whacked this morning in a pseudo-scramble by a threesome that made 10 birdies to our 5. Jackasses made about 1000 feet of putts on greens composed of six distinct species of green plants, including algae, two of which I recognized. But then, on Friday afternoon I had a 73 by making about 500 feet of putts on the same greens...Golf Gods will not be mocked! BTW, we did not play "lift, clean, and cheat" and if the nearest relief from casual water/mud was 50 yards away, the happy victims just splashed the ball toward the green with whatever chosen implement. Lots of foot-long divots or anorexic shots caught on the bottom groove. In a previous era, not one of my golf balls would have stayed round for more than two holes with the number of half-picked, bottom-groove specials I hit...my Vokey SW even had rust on it this morning.
05.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Tpc was changed from march to may due to tv ratings from march madness
05.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBS
What type of Karma keeps someone from being able to keep their card?
05.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterkarma calling

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