Friday, August 15
PGA unharmed by outageROCHESTER, N.Y. -- For all its technological advances, one thing remains true in golf: You don't need electricity to play it. Competition at the PGA Championship was unaffected by Thursday's late-afternoon power outage that blanketed the Northeast, including the surrounding area. Power was generally restored by mid-evening, but other than a few concessions that required power for credit cards and a dark scoring tent, few noticed at Oak Hill. "Nobody heard anything," said Jay Haas, one of those who walked into the dim scoring tent. "The sun was still out, so we didn't know if the lights were out." There was really no thought of postponing play. Monroe County (N.Y.) executive Jack Doyle announced late Thursday night that he was lifting a ban on unnecessary travel at 6 a.m. Friday, allowing shuttle buses to transport fans to the course. Play began as scheduled at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. However, it was 40 seconds too soon for Aussie Aaron Baddeley, who just missed his tee time and was assessed a two-stroke penalty. "The good news is that golf doesn't need power; it's talent and skill," said PGA of America managing director Kerry Haigh. He said the tournament had relocated some generators, but otherwise did little to adjust for the lack of power. Unlike regular PGA Tour events, all the on-course scoreboards are manually operated. Haigh said there was backup for the automated scoring system used for the media and the Internet. "At this point, we haven't been told anything other than play will continue," Haigh said late Thursday. Most of the players took the problem in stride. "Obviously, that's not a good thing," said Chad Campbell. "I don't know what the cause of that is. I'm not educated on it, so I can't really comment on it." Educated on the issue or not, Campbell had one concern: air conditioning in his local hotel room. "That would be nice," he said. "Definitely don't want to go without A/C." David Kraft is an ESPN.com senior editor, and can be reached at David.S.Kraft@espn3.com.