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Thursday morning maintenance photos

By |  August 13, 2015 0 Comments

Golfdom Associate Editor Grant B. Gannon took on the challenge of a 2:55 a.m. wake-up call and the hour-long drive from Milwaukee to get some great shots of the crew hard at work on Thursday morning, the first day of the tournament. Here’s a look at some of what he saw:

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Breaking news! UFO sighting at the PGA Championship. We want to believe…

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…OK, not UFOs, but Jacobsen fairway mowers. It’s pretty dark at 4:45 a.m. Thankfully there are headlights on those mowers or we might have been run over.

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Straits Course Superintendent Chris Zugel (in gray) and some of his crew check out the progress on hole No. 1 as the first signs of dawn begin to show.

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You think you hate raking a bunker? This crew spent hours raking the more than 1,000 bunkers on the Straits course. Pete Dye puts the Dye into Dye-abolicol.

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That’s a Jacobsen SLF 1880 fairway mower in the shadows, taking on No. 8 fairway.

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The mowers have headlights, while the bunker crew uses head lamps to see what they’re doing in the early morning hours.

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A crew member rakes a bunker on the slope next to hole No. 8.

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It takes two when it comes to mowing the greens to championship form.

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A crew member keeps a close eye on her mowing lines as the sun rises over Lake Michigan.

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The first glimpse of the sun as a crew member hand-rolls the No. 17 tee box. Looks like this important penultimate hole will play to 223 yards today.

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Like two ships pass in the night, these two crew members pass with John Deere greens mowers.

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Two blowers head towards the light… and the next hole.

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John Reid, assistant greenkeeper of The Duke’s, St. Andrews, makes sure the cup on No. 11 is cut to perfection.

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Planting the flag for hole No. 11. Now onto the next one.

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A little bit of sun, a little bit of sand and a whole lot of fairway mowing.

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It’s easier to photograph the fairway mowing crew once the sun has come up.

Photos: Golfdom

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