A few minutes before the start of the Northern Trust is when the unexpected occurred. Thunderstorms rolled through Liberty National Golf Club, bringing heavy wind and rain that damaged some of the tournament structures and hospitality venues.
As a result of the stormy weather, the golf course was closed Wednesday afternoon at about 5 p.m. The remainder of the pro-am was cancelled, players were pulled off the course and fans left the grounds.
Luckily, no one was damaged by the “cosmetic” as The PGA Tour called it. First-round tee times are scheduled to begin on time at 7 a.m.
Thursday. But the gates won’t be opened to fans until 10 a.m. as “minor maintenance” is completed.
Some of the biggest names in golf will be playing early in the morning. Tiger Woods is set to tee off at 7:43 a.m., Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy will both begin their rounds at 8:16 a.m. It will be unfortunate because fans will not watch some of the biggest names in golf play the first several holes of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Julie Tyson, executive director of the Northern Trust, said that being an outdoor sport, Mother Nature was bound to show up and change their well-laid plans on occasion. She added that they were grateful because no one was injured and that damage was cosmetic and replaced.