TPC Sawgrass to be closed Monday because of rain
The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is set for next week, but Monday's activities at the facility have been curtailed, the PGA Tour announced this afternoon.
The Ponte Vedra Beach area of northern Florida has received more than five inches of rain in the past 36 hours, flooding parts of the course, including the walkway out to the green on the famous par-3 17th hole. The Players Championship's official Twitter account tweeted out the photo shown above, with this caption: ''The 17 #islandhole is officially an island! Good thing the forecast is clear next week! #3days.''
The Monday washout will mark the first time since the Players Championship moved from March to May in 2007 that a full day of tournament week will be lost to the weather.
The decision was made ''to allow the course to drain properly, minimize any damage that would affect the competition and give the course maintenance team as much time as possible to prepare the golf course once the storm conditions subside,'' said the PGA Tour. Several activities planned for Monday have been rescheduled or cancelled, and officials said all fans with Monday tickets can use them on Tuesday.