LOUISVILLE (AP) --- Heavy rain at the PGA Championship brought another round of player complaints about not being allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in soggy conditions.
Play was halted for 1 hour, 51 minutes Sunday in the final round at Valhalla Golf Club after an inch of rain fell in about 45 minutes, creating temporary ponds and streams that had workers scrambling to squeegee water from fairways and greens. Showers also forced an hour-long delay Friday morning in the second round.
In both instances, tournament officials decided not to allow players to use preferred lies, except when a ball came to rest in standing water. That didn't sit well with some players, who struggled after play resumed.
"To me, it's fair out there if you can play the ball up," Graeme McDowell said. "The ball is picking up mud. ... Common sense has to prevail at some point. ... If they played the ball up to me, didn't matter what they did, they made the right call. It was the wrong call to play the ball down, simple."
McDowell had just bogeyed the 16th hole and was in the fairway on 17 before the stoppage. He said the deluge left "casual water everywhere."
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Opinions? Some forum members argue they use lift-clean-and-place too much. Others want preferred lies always! Discuss among yourselves.