Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jersey golf fans take over PGA Championship course during rain storm (VIDEO)

After the PGA Championship was suspended Saturday afternoon because of rain, and then was called, New Jersey fans did their best to turn the course at Baltusrol into their own private water park.

The Star-Ledger reported:

When play was suspended at 6:35 p.m., marshals headed for cover and no one knew what to do or where to go. [Leader Phil] Mickelson started to walk off the 14th green in the direction of the clubhouse.

Davis Love III, his playing partner, had to steer him in another direction.

"Phil, " he said. "Over here."

He slid under the ropes and walked across the fifth fairway.

Dozens of fans followed him, right across the course, slapping him on the back and tugging his shirt. He hopped into a maroon Buick minivan. Someone yelled, "Can we have a ride, Phil?"

Fans trampled up the 17th fairway, without a marshal in sight to shepherd them off. They practiced imaginary shots and walked through the sand traps.

Retief Goosen and Jason Bohn had marked their balls on the fairway.

"Who knows if someone picked one up," said Rupert Dooley, a marshal from the fourth hole who tried - unsuccessfully - to steer the crowds away. "Idiots."

Weather delays are unavoidable and lightning cells forced PGA officials to sound the warning horns at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, but they could have taken more precautions for the last group of golfers set to tee off.

More rain is expected Sunday. So officials might want to offer some sort of directions to keep rambunctious fans occupied — like make a right off I-78 onto the Turnpike and take Exit 7A to Great Adventure.

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