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Three Greens Closed For Monday's Closed Practice Round!

Garry Smits reports that the TPC Sawgrass' 4th, 11th and 12th greens will be closed for Monday's Players Championship practice round, which is closed to the public as part of a PGA Tour Championship Management program to save operating costs. (Detailed earlier this year when Tuesday's were off limit at Riviera.)

While the closing of the greens is not surprising considering their fragile state, this seemed more surprising to me:

Players were not allowed early practice rounds on Saturday and Sunday, as has been the past custom for those who did not compete in the previous event or had missed the cut.

Seems a tad extreme, no? How much damage could 20 players do?

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Reader Comments (9)

Perhaps it's not so much the foot traffic, but their desire to let the greens grown a few days uncut and unrolled. If they allowed practice rounds, they'd have to prep the greens at tournament speeds for it to be "fair".
It almost sounds like the not-so-bad greens really aren't that much better. Given Ted B's logical explanation, the tournament committee probably felt inclined to buy themselves as much recovery time as possible.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
I would say Ted nailed it.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Makes me wonder just how bad the greens really are. Total embarrassment for the tour, especially since they spend tons of money on maint. , and don't have much to show for it !
05.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom
Let this be a lesson for all green committees, even at the flagship course for the wealthiest golf association, they still have had issues beyond their control. If the TPC, in Florida, which gets no snow, has trouble with THEIR greens the week of the biggest event, cut your own superintendant some slack about that patch of poa annua on the 13th green. Augusta's influence has gone too far in how the general private club members expect their own course to look and play.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
Imagine if they had played this in March like they used to!
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commentercameron
Didn't they switch super's down there recently?
05.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Right on thebigdad!
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Is it just a coincidence that at this time last year many of the greens were virtually unplayable at the Pete Dye Course at PGA Golf Club a few hours drive south on I95? We heard the supt. there was replaced.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterspeedybob

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