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Course drained, fans left muddy
Pittsford, N.Y. - Grounds crews began laying wood chips in high foot-traffic areas Friday morning, and had to continue into the evening.
Golfers and spectators were welcomed to round two of the 2013 PGA Championship with consistent rainfall that left slick spots and thick mud in the pathways around the course.
It was like a swamp, said Michael Holtz of Rochester.
The course itself drains well, it did not appear as though there was standing water even during the morning showers.
Spectators had a hard time navigating through mud at times, which resulted in ground crews doing what they could to make walking less treacherous
Were putting wood chips down, trying to identify the areas that are particularly slippery out on the golf course, explained Ryan Cannon, Championship Director.
We changed some of the rope lines as well to try to adjust for that.
A total of five slips and falls were reported by Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance. Two people were transported to a hospital.
Cannon praised fans for coping with the conditions in order to enjoy their favorite golfers.
As a golf fan and two-year resident of this community, I thought it was amazing to see, said Cannon.
A drier forecast for the weekend is expected to help firm up some of the muddy patches still left on the course.