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Players, fans return to Ocean Course for Day 2 of PGA week

Tiger Woods at a press conference on Tuesday on Kiawah Island. Tiger Woods at a press conference on Tuesday on Kiawah Island.
Fans line the 17th hole as Sergio Garcia approaches the tee box Monday. (Source: Alex Kreitman / Live 5 News) Fans line the 17th hole as Sergio Garcia approaches the tee box Monday. (Source: Alex Kreitman / Live 5 News)
KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Day 2 of the practice rounds begins Tuesday morning at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Players will once again hit the links to work out any last minute kinks and get a feel for the course and conditions before the tournament begins.

A brief storm delayed the practice round for a short time, causing some backups getting into the course. Play has resumed and fans are now being let into the course.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Tiger Woods said he doesn't expect rain delays to be a huge issue and that it's something that all golfers expect this time of year.

Woods also talked about playing on the Ocean Course, which he said was a wonderful piece of property, but wished the course played a bit more firm. Woods had nothing but good things to say about Pete Dye, who built the course. Woods said that Dye's courses made you think and said he was a fan of Dye's courses.

With the PGA Championship in the Lowcountry, the event is helping the local economy in more ways than one. The event is one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world and when you host a tournament this big, you're going to attract quite a crowd.

"There's about 200,000 people who get to come to the event over the seven days, but there's about 500 and some million households that get this event worldwide," said championship director Brett Sterba.

The 94th PGA Championship kicked off at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island with thousands of fans watching their favorite golfers practice in sunny South Carolina.

"It's a lot more of the casual golfer we see come out these days," Sterba said. "It's really just a fun way to see all the players. Sometimes you'll see them play and they have fun traditions, skipping the ball over the water here or they will have contests among there groups to entertain the fans."

Officials expect 30,000 fans daily at The Ocean Course to watch the PGA's best golfers battle for the championship trophy. With the big name players in town, that means big bucks for the local economy.

"We can say that $92 million is the direct economic impact into the Charleston region," Sterba said. "There's also a $26 million labor impact and there's about $75 million of estimated media exposure from this championship."

Even though thousands of fans are expected to watch the tournament, tickets are still available, even for championship days.

"Tuesday and Wednesday you can purchase individually, as well as Thursday, but Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are a package and that's the only way those tickets can be purchased," Sterba said.

If you want a chance to get close to your favorite golfer, the practice rounds are going to be your best bet.

"These are the days you come out and take pictures and get autographs," Sterba said. "The players know that they are very accessible these days and really, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, I think it's a lot more of the casual golfer we see come out to these days and it's really just a fun way to see all the players."

The practice rounds can be lots of fun. Fans can get up close to your favorite golfer and take pictures. I you're lucky, you might even get an autograph.

Several top players will be talking with reporters Tuesday including Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.

Live 5 News will bring you the highlights later today on air, online and on mobile.

Tuesday and Wednesday a few players will be signing autographs in the golf shop. The schedule of autographs is below:

Tuesday

9 a.m. – Y.E. Yang will be in the golf shop signing autographs

12:30 p.m. - Dave Stockton will be in the golf shop signing his book, Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke.

2:30pm - Bubba Watson will be in the golf shop signing autographs

Wednesday

3 p.m. - Stewart Cink will be in the golf shop signing autographs

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