By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
KOHLER, Wis. -- Approximately 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Kerry Haigh stood on the sixth tee and pronounced it fit for assault.
As soon as the final group to finish the first round cleared the green, a three-man maintenance crew was ready to change the hole location. The new hole was cut close to the front of the green, which drew a reaction from the hundred or so fans who were watching.
Back on the tee box, the markers were moved up. Those actions, combined with a favorable wind, immediately transformed the hole from a short 355-yard par 4 to a driveable 322-yard par 4.
"They're going to be going for the pin now," one of the marshals said aloud.
Haigh double-checked the measurements -- four paces from the right, 10 paces deep -- and spoke to another marshal about how the hole was about to be transformed. Smiling, he walked off the green, in essence waving the green flag. Gentlemen, start your engines.
It didn't take long for the attack to begin. All three players in the first group of the second round bombed it, though no one found the green from the tee.
The real fun started when the threesome was on the green, ready to putt. They heard a thump behind them; it was Bryce Molder's tee shot rolling up on the fringe.
John Senden stood and told the marshal, "Can you ask them to stop hitting? We're on the green." Dean Elliott, the caddie for Fredrik Andersson Hed, went to the back of the green and began to wave frantically toward the teeing area. The gyrations were to no avail; Carl Pettersson's tee shot rolled onto the green and finished about pin high. Andersson Hed looked at the ball and stepped toward it with his putter, as if he were ready to take a slap shot. The crowd laughed and Andersson Hed smiled at the reaction.
The marshals relayed another urgent request to for the players on the tee to halt, which was finally heeded. Senden, Andersson Hed and PGA Club Professional David Hutsell putted out and started toward the seventh tee.
From that point, the routine became a little more clearly defined. Players on the green were asked to step aside and let those on the teeing area take aim and fire, causing a temporary disruption in the rhythm of those on the green, but keeping the pace alive on what was expected to be a very long day.