Just a few differences you can see this morning knowing the President Clinton will be at the Palmer Course at PGA West this morning:
–There are a lot more cops on the grounds today, from a lot of organizations. Or just people in windbreakers that say “Secutiry.”
–Walking to the first tee earlier, there were a lot of big dogs, uh, sniffing around.
–the media, notorious for showing up in time for lunch, is here for breakfast today.
There is no frost delay on the course today, although a staff member for the tour told me some areas that are still in the shade “are a little frosty.” Still a lot better than it has been the last three days.
Play start today officially at 8:30 a.m.
Party-goers flocking to Palm Springs for New Year’s Eve festivities may want to add a few layers. On Monday, the National Weather Service issued a frost advisory for the Coachella Valley from midnight through 9 a.m. January 1, 2013.
According to the advisory, temperatures could fall below freezing tonight across inland valleys and lower deserts with lows in the mid-20s possible.
While revelers can keep warm inside, homeowners may want to protect sensitive plants which could be damaged or killed if left uncovered.
Low-lying areas of gardens are at more risk than plants set atop berms. According to TheGardenHelper.com, newspapers, plastic tarbs, sheets, glass jars, milk jugs and upside-down paper cups can be used to protect sensitive plants. Just remember to remove them in the morning to avoid having them act as ovens once the sun is shining.
This is the 26th Humana Challenge I’ve covered, and in the previous 25, Wednesday was the day the professional competition began. So walking onto the course today and being told there is a frost delay, I started to think how that would impact play late in the day.
Except of course there is no play late in the day, because there is still no official play. A Couples Challenge Pro-Am has been delayed from 8:30 a.m. to about 9 a.m. because of the frost.
Today is the first day when we really see the changes coming to the tournament. No pro play today, no scores that count toward the $5.6 million purse. No looking ahead after today and realizing there are still 72 holes left to play in the pro event even after someone shot 61.
It really is a brave new world at the Humana Challenge.