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11:04 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The downpour over the weekend affected one of the biggest PGA Tour events in the nation The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. As a matter of fact, Monday's opening day was not open to fans.

The course will open to fans Tuesday. Local PGA pro Jim Furyk said Monday he was glad to be playing at home as he was finally able to get in a little practice.

"I'm always excited to be home and play here in Ponte Vedra," said Furyk.

FCN wanted to know what he thought about the course conditions

"Actually pretty darn good," he said with a smile. "Unbelievable when you compared to when you think about all the rain we got here."

More than 10 inches of rain said TPC Sawgrass groundskeeper superintendent Tom Vlach. In fact, he said it was "brutal."

"At the worst part of the storm, water had risen up to the fairway," he explained. "It turned 17 green from a peninsula into a true island."

On Monday, FCN saw crews mowing the course as preparations hastened their step to get the area ready.

"There's a lot of work being done behind the scenes to firm up all the areas around hospitality around the restrooms," Vlach said.

"The tournament and the tour wants the fans out here. The players want the fans out," Furyk said.

The big question was will the course and areas for fans be ready in time for opening day?

"The course will be ready by the end of tonight," Vlach said Monday afternoon. "The spectator areas by the end of tonight will be fully prepped and ready to go."

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