PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Days before the world's best golfers arrive for THE PLAYERS Championship, officials say they're working to repair several greens on the course.
A spokeswoman for the PGA said crews ran into problems with a chemical that was being used to help recover from a cold, wet winter. There are problem spots on greens 4, 9, 11, 12 and 13.
Jim Laudenslager owns Lauden Golf of Ponte Vedra. He played at the course just a few weeks ago.
"Seven weeks ago I would have rated the greens a 1 out of 10, and today I'll give it a 5.5, but that's not going to come up to what the PGA pros expect," he said.
He said it's critical crews rush to get the greens up to where players will expect them. He said it won't be an easy thing to do.
"Of all the aspects of a golf course - the greens are the most important to the touring professionals," he said.
Players start to arrive for practice in a few days. THE PLAYERS Championship kicks off Thursday May 8th.
In a statement to First Coast News, the PGA said:
"The putting surfaces were weak coming into spring due to an unusually cold, cloudy and wet winter and an application program that, while widely accepted in the industry, was utilized in a manner that proved to be too aggressive.... We remain committed to doing everything possible to present The Players Stadium Course in the best possible condition for next week."