Stormy weather does little to dampen PGA Championship fun

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Fans brave the weather for Day 2
Earlier in the afternoon on Tuesday at the PGA Championship. (Photo: PGA Championship)
Earlier in the afternoon on Tuesday at the PGA Championship. (Photo: PGA Championship)
Fans take shelter on a course that offers little.
Fans take shelter on a course that offers little.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Not even the rain and some quick, strong storms could keep fans away from Tuesday's practice round for the 94th PGA Championship at The Ocean Course.

Fans poured into the gates Tuesday morning to watch Tiger Woods, Rory McIllroy and others, but by mid-morning everyone was headed for shelter. Rain interrupted play briefly and a large crowd of fans on their way to the course were held up. The shuttle buses stopped taking fans to the gate and those already waiting at the gate were not allowed entry until the rain passed. But play resumed for a few hours before everything again came to a halt.

Just as Tiger Woods stepped to the podium for his first interview of the week, the skies opened up with heavy rain, thunder and lightning. The horn sounded and fans found cover in their perspective luxury tents or in the gift shop. As Woods answered questions, other players who were out on the course bolted to the VIP Hospitality tent and to the clubhouse.

Several players tweeted pictures of a rain-soaked Ocean Course while they waited for the storms to die down. The greens began to collect puddles of water as the rain beat down heavier and heavier. Large buckets of water poured down the side of several luxury tents and waste bunkers were quickly filling up with water.

Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald and Bubba Watson also answered questions from the media during the rain delay. Bradley is the defending PGA champion and also won last week at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Y.E. Yang, Dave Stockton and Watson held scheduled autograph sessions in the pro shop.

Once the rain started to subside, the grounds crew began working hard on repairing the course to championship form. By 2 p.m., players crowded the driving range. By 2:30, play had resumed on The Ocean Course and Charleston's familiar sunny skies were back.

Fans returned to the course, located their favorite players and the practice round resumed as if nothing had happened.

Unfortunately, rain may be a common theme at the PGA Championship this week. A 60 percent chance of scattered showers is in the forecast through the weekend.

Traffic note:

As the week goes on the traffic is expected to increase with attendance.

Outbound traffic heading toward Charleston is encouraged to take River Road to Maybank Highway. Outbound traffic heading to destinations other than Charleston may continue up Bohicket Road and Main Road to US 17.

Those attending the event are also encouraged to consider adjusting their departure times to avoid regular rush hour traffic.  For mapping, routing and parking information, visit www.pga2012.com.

Additional signage is in place to assist drivers coming and going from the area.

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