August 10, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- The PGA of America chose not to use lift, clean and place after a rain delay of more than two hours at Valhalla. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An inch of rain fell Sunday at Valhalla, where play was held up for more than two hours.
The ball, however, was played down and those who got caught in the early downpours weren't particularly thrilled that the PGA of America chose not to use lift, clean and place on a golf course that was already soggy and saturated.
"It was unplayable this morning," said Graeme McDowell, who shot 69 and was tied for 48th when he finished. "The ball should have been played up, simple. To me it's fair out there if you can play the ball up. It's not fair if you can't play the ball up. It's casual water everywhere. The ball is picking up mud.
"Common sense has to prevail at some point. You know, let's lift, clean and place this thing. You go out to a PGA TOUR event and we wouldn't have been playing because lift, clean and place had not been implemented. I don't think we'd have been playing."
At a major, however, lift, clean and place is never used. And once the round begins, it can't be implemented.
"It is a wide open question," said Ian Poulter, who had a 1-over 72 on Sunday. "But we've never played preferred lies in a major. So this is what you're going to get. You're unfortunately going to get guys that are going to miss hit a lot of shots and get badly punished, and it might be someone's week to win a major, and unfortunately it isn't because of an awkward lie in a soggy fairway."
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