Extreme heat over the past month in the Atlanta area has damaged the bent grass on many of East Lake's greens. Here's a look at what the 30 players at this week's Tour Championship will have to deal with.
Early Wednesday morning, workers applied a green sandy mix to the putting surfaces where the grass has died. The goal is not to make grass grow in those spots, but to make the surface of the green level so putts roll evenly.
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The sand is hauled to the holes in buckets and poured into small bottles for the workers to use.
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This is what the greens look like after the sand is poured in a dead spot and brushed smooth.
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All the spot sanding and brushing are done by hand, and the process can take hours. On Wednesday, players were still not allowed to putt or walk on the sixth, 13th or 15th greens.
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With very little wind on the course Wednesday, large fans, like these on the third green, were used to keep the air moving and the grass healthy.
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The edges of the greens, especially the high sides, seem to be the most damaged. This is the fifth green.
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Jim Furyk's practice-round shot to the 168-yard par-3 sixth stopped just short of a sandy area near the back of the green. Closer to the hole is the ball of John Rollins.
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The back of the ninth hole also required sanding and a fan.
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