From the Washington Post: With roughly 40 trees down all over Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course, organizers of the AT&T National golf tournament have closed the event to spectators and volunteers for Saturday’s third round, which has been delayed by nearly six hours.
The roads around Congressional, in Bethesda, are strewn with
trees after the violent overnight storms that ravaged the entire
Washington area. PGA Tour officials were working Saturday morning with
Congressional’s grounds staff to clear the course and make play possible
“In the interest of safety for our fans and volunteers, the AT&T
national is closed to spectators and volunteers for Saturday,”
tournament officials said in a statement. “The tournament will honor all
Saturday tickets on Sunday’s round.”
Play will begin at 1 p.m. from both the first and 10th tees in threesomes, with leader Hunter Mahan
taking the course at 3:10 p.m. Tiger Woods, five shots back, will now
tee off at 2:40 p.m. Officials were still trying to determine whether
television coverage on CBS will be affected. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/atandt-nationals-third-round-delayed-by-storm-damage/2012/06/30/gJQAmYsbDW_story.html
It will be interesting to see how they clean up the course and mark out the new hazards.
But I am sure most players will be thrilled to play before a crowd of 0, especially Tiger Woods. They won't have to listen to the cameras, the talking, deal with people looking for attention to get on TV, or worry about hitting a spectator with a ball. The golfers will not get any applause either to stroke the golfers egos.
But I am glad the storm hit at night, when no one was on the course except security because if it during the day, you would have had the potential of a huge disaster.
Update: It s so strange not to be listening to the crowd go oohhh ahhhhh and clapping and yelling "Get in the hole!!!".