Jerry Kelly shot one of the best rounds of the day on Friday, a six-under 66, but he wasn't pleased with the condition of the greens:
"There’s no excuse for the greens. They’re soft. They’re spongy. They don’t roll true in the afternoon. They can’t keep them short enough. I know it was a tough winter, but I just don’t know what’s going on. I’d rather play on mud and dirt like we used to sometimes than play on a first cut. It’s like an old fringe."
Yes, perhaps the winter was to blame. Or perhaps it was the fact that, on at least one green, somebody went and parked a car out there Thursday night.
The Florida Times-Union, courtesy of Sportress of Blogitude, has the story. Apparently TPC Sawgrass superintendent Tom Vlach noticed something odd Thursday night on the course -- specifically, a Pontiac G6 Coupe. Investigating, the Sawgrass folks found two Jacksonville residents parked inside the car with the engine still running.
The driver refused to get out, so Vlach called the cops. And fortunately, the driver didn't then peel out, gouging tire tracks into the green. The couple was issued trespassing warnings, and that was that.
As for what they were doing on the eighth green, well ... it's not specifically stated in the article. So you'll have to use your imagination. Getting an early parking spot? Really wrong turn? Sure, let's go with that.