Fans surround the 16th green Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. Photo: Sam Greenwood, Getty Images
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | A man and a woman walking in the early spring sunshine Friday were making their way up the 18th fairway at the TPC Stadium Course where the Players Championship was alive and kicking.
“Look at the concession line,” the man said, pointing to his right at the four people lined up for a bite of lunch. “Remember the last time we were here? The line reached almost to the fairway.”
“This is so much nicer,” his companion said.
They remember the way it used to be.
What matters this week is how close it feels to being that way again and that is a huge, though potentially problematic, step for the PGA Tour.
It’s sports’ version of an oxymoron that golf, a game that values quiet, is best played in tournament conditions with galleries framing the holes.
“(The fans) want to be heard. And I don't blame them.” – Jon Rahm
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