KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Golfers knew what they were getting themselves into when they came to The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island for the 2012 PGA Championship.
"I think we all know you've got to expect a 15 mile-an-hour breeze around here, and it really suits the golf course to be honest with you," said Justin Rose following his 4-under-par performance for the tournament.
"It's extremely tough and you have to be really precise," explained Ben Curtis, who finished the tournament 1-under-par.
The Ocean Course has been named the "toughest course in America" by Golf Digest, and the course lived up to its name.
Although a weather warning was issued at 3:22 p.m. during the final round of the PGA Championship, the skies remained blue and players continued to dominate the course.
"I think this is about as perfect as Kiawah Island gets," said Rose, referring to Sunday's conditions.
Winds may have peaked around 15 mph during the final round, but remained at about 10 mph throughout the day. And the rain that suspended play on Saturday? Non-existent.
The rain was not the only issue golfers had to deal with this week on The Ocean Course. On Friday, swirling winds that peaked around 30 mph threw golf balls all over the place. Only four golfers were able to post a round under par.
All that changed Sunday.
PGA Championship winner Rory McIlory shot 6-under. Ian Poulter birdied six of his first seven holes. Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson both shot 4-under on the day. Many others saw the number next to their name turn red as holes were birdied throughout the day.
Despite the strong winds and week-long rain, golfers have enjoyed the challenge that The Ocean Course brings, and some have even taken a liking to the course.
"The golf course is in perfect, perfect shape," said Blake Adams after going 5-under-par today. "We have had tons of rain the whole week and it's held up incredible. There has not been one speck of mud on my ball the entire week."
So is it possible that the PGA Championship could come back to The Ocean Course in the future?
"Yeah, if the weather is halfway decent," said Jason Dufner.