While rain from the sky over the Quail Hollow Club Friday afternoon, many excited golf fans weren’t going to let the wet weather ruin their experience at the golf tournament.
Charlotte resident Robert Taylor said he was on the course when mother nature started to get ugly.
“We were checking the radar and it looked pretty clear and then all of a sudden one lightning bolt hit and they started blowing their alarms,” explained Taylor.
He said the police officers at the Quail Hollow Club started clearing everyone off the golf course.
“It came quick so everyone out there was pretty doused, to say the least,” said Taylor.
Play was suspended due to the weather. While many fans left the tournament, Taylor waited until the golfers were allowed to resume competition. He said he waited under a sheltered area until the rain stopped and hoped that he may be able to see some of the best players in the world finish their rounds with smaller crowds along the course.
Shuttle bus driver Michael Heath took groups of fans back to their cars throughout the afternoon.
“They get on the bus a little soggy. They’ll dry out,” chuckled Heath.
He said that the rain did lead to many fans trying to catch buses at the same time.
“With the rush hour traffic and the rain at the same time, it was crazy man,” said Heath.
He said the transportation crew ran out of buses at a couple places so the drivers had to fill in on other routes.
A PGA spokesperson told WBTV that a meteorologist is on-site at the Quail Hollow Club and is constantly monitoring the weather.
The spokesperson said that there is no set rule as to when officials must suspend play because of weather. They said that the safety of everyone on the course is the primary concern.
An inclement weather policy for spectators at the PGA Championship is listed on the tournament’s official website.