Tiger to play gallery-free early in playoff opener

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods is used to seeing an enormous crowd of spectators surrounding the primary tee field and lining the golf green ropes when he begins play in a match.

On Thursday morning, he will likely be greeted by just a few volunteers, officers, media and loads of empty area at Liberty Nationwide.


The positioning of the Northern Belief match was hit by a heavy storm Wednesday afternoon, and grandstands, hospitality venues, signage and tents had been broken. Though the grounds crew was working in a single day to get the golf course playable, there was sufficient injury to spectator areas that PGA Tour officers determined Wednesday night time to maintain spectators from getting into till 10 a.m. ET Thursday.

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Meaning gamers equivalent to Woods, who begins the primary spherical of the FedEx Cup playoff opener at 7:43 a.m., in all probability will play about 9 holes with none spectators on the grounds.

The primary spherical is scheduled to start at 7:10 a.m.

“We’re an out of doors sport, so Mom Nature is sure to indicate up and alter our well-laid plans on events,” Julie Tyson, government director of the match, stated in assertion.

The PGA Tour reported there have been no accidents at Liberty Nationwide, regardless of heavy rain and winds that gusted as much as 60 mph. The forecast requires the climate to enhance, with a small probability of rain and excessive temperatures within the 80s over the weekend.