KIAWAH ISLAND — Fans who braved traffic jams and bus rides to watch Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Rory McIlroy and other golf stars Saturday got only about a half-round for their money.
But they won’t be able to use their Saturday tickets to watch those players finish their third rounds today. Only Sunday tickets will be honored for today when the third round will resume at 7:45 a.m. and the final round will start at 11:44 a.m.
“Unfortunately, Saturday tickets will not be valid on Sunday due to the capacity of the venue,” said Kerry Haigh, PGA of America’s director of championships. “We are sold out for the PGA Championship.
“We are very sorry, and it’s unfortunate for those ticket holders on Saturday that we could only play until 5 p.m. But it was certainly a pretty full day other than the last two hours.”
Twenty-six players were still on the course when play was halted at 4:50 p.m., including Woods, Singh, McIlroy, Carl Pettersson, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter.
Haigh said the process of getting fans off the Ocean Course when Saturday’s weather warning was posted went well.
“We did suspend play at 4:50, and the rain didn’t actually hit until 5:30 p.m., so it did give spectators a lot of time,” he said. “We posted the weather signs almost an hour previous to that suspension, so spectators had the early warning that there was a chance of dangerous weather coming.
“Quite a number of spectators did leave once the weather warning signs were posted.”
Cullen Baldwin is living the dream.
For the past two days, Baldwin, a rising senior at West Ashley High School, has served as the standard bearer for Tiger Woods’ threesome on Friday and Ernie Els pairing on Saturday. It’s been an amazing couple of days,” said Baldwin, who plays for the West Ashley golf team.
“To be able to follow two of the greatest golfers in the world around for 18 holes has been like a dream for me. Ernie is a great ball striker and Tiger is Tiger.”
After finishing up Friday’s round, Woods’ caddy tossed Baldwin a ball and he got a handshake from the world’s most famous golfer. “He told me, ‘Thanks for the help,’ ” Baldwin said.
Between the ninth and 10th tees, Baldwin rode beside Woods in the golf cart and the two chatted briefly.
“Tiger certainly has an aura about him, but you talk to him and you realize he is human,” Baldwin said.
“He talked about how tough the golf course is and how it deserves its reputation.”
Par 5s hurt Johnson
Dustin Johnson is six over and 12 shots off the lead, but would be much closer if not for a pair of disastrous par 5s. The Columbia native double-bogeyed No. 11 on Saturday and triple-bogeyed No. 7 on Friday.
“Yeah, the par 5s. You don’t get a lot of opportunities out here,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to take advantage of the par 5s and I just have played them so poorly.”
Nantz and C of C
Jim Nantz is anchoring the CBS coverage of the PGA Championship.
His grandfather, Jim Nantz Sr., was a very good College of Charleston basketball player who scored 11 points to lead C of C to a 30-10 victory over Clemson at Charleston’s Sumter Guard Armory in 1925.
It takes eight cases of red spray paint to mark all the hazard areas on the Ocean Course. That’s 96 cans.
Tommy Braswell, Andrew Miller and Gene Sapakoff contributed to this report.
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