Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Major Heat, but Not Hottest; Precautions Being Taken for Extreme Temperatures at Baltusrol, but Some Say Other Majors Were Warmer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Major Heat, but Not Hottest; Precautions Being Taken for Extreme Temperatures at Baltusrol, but Some Say Other Majors Were Warmer

Article excerpt

Byline: GARRY SMITS

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- It's hot here this week.

But it's not as hot as Tulsa, Okla., in 1958 or 2001, Pittsburgh in 1994 or even here in 1967 and 1993.

As major championship history goes, this week at Baltusrol Golf Club for the 87th PGA has been stifling and uncomfortable but not a record.

It's not even as hot as it was earlier this year for the PGA Tour's Bank of America Colonial.

"Now that was hot," said Mark Long, caddie for Ponte Vedra Beach resident Fred Funk. "That was certifiably over 100 degrees, and there was no breeze at all."

Other players, caddies and PGA of America officials agree there have been hotter weeks. But that doesn't mean they're not taking precautions.

Since Thursday's first round, the temperatures have been in the mid- to upper-90s, and the heat index well over 100 each day. The temperature reached 100 degrees at 3 p.m. Saturday, according to weather.com, with a heat index of 108. A heat advisory was issued.

Andy Bush, the tournament chairman, said the number of people who have been treated for heat-related problems has roughly doubled each day since the early practice rounds, from about a half-dozen Tuesday to more than 50 Saturday.

But the PGA trucked in an extra 60,000 bottles of water Friday night and increased the number of "misting stations" from three to six. There are concession stands every several holes and three other concession stands selling nothing but bottled water.

Bush said there are more than 50 doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians on-site, and if a more severe heat advisory had been issued by the county, fans would have been given free bottled water.

"We think we've done everything possible to get ready for the heat," Bush said. "We're fortunate that this is not an especially hilly course for people to walk. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.