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Rain doesn't keep fans away from PGA Championship

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Heavy rain over the past two days has not stopped the PGA Championship or its fans.

WDRB's News learned what's being done to accommodate both at Valhalla.

It started long before the golfers or fans arrived at the course this week. The course was in the hands of a team of groundskeepers. Fans have also enjoyed seeing some of the best golfers a in the world adjust to these conditions.

"We just saw Jason Day on number 2, hit it over the creek on 2 and rolled up his pants and took off his shoes and hit it out," said J Scotty Judy, who is attending the PGA Championship.

Seeing that was worth putting up with the rain and mud for Judy and his son Curtis.

"You know, we can deal with a little bit of moisture and a little bit of mud. We'll hose off our shoes when we get home, but it's worth it to come out here and enjoy it," said Judy.

The Judy family has attended just about every day this week, and despite a few downpours, they don't have much to complain about.

Judy explained, "This course looks better than it has ever looked, I used to work out here and it looks better now than it ever has, in fact, I am anxious how they get it back in shape, it won't take 'em long."

"The best things about Valhalla is the fairway top dressing program that we've been on for a few years," said Chris Hamburger, Head PGA Professional at Valhalla.

Hamburger says that top dressing program is the reason the greens look good in spite of the rain.

"We've built up a nice sand base on the fairways so the water tends to run right through that water tends to run right through there which makes it dry up extremely quickly, so we can get an inch of rain or so and be playing on it in with no problem," said Hamburger.

Meanwhile, their shoes got a little muddy and there's more rain in the forecast.

"I've been here for every event at Valhalla, every major event, I'm not going to miss tomorrow," said Judy.

But it'll take more than that for the Judy family to stay inside on Sunday.

"I'll tell ya what, if Jason Day is going to go to that effort...my son and I will be here tomorrow," said Judy.

The groundskeepers are already back out on the course. They're working to make sure the last day of the championship tournament is a success for both players and fans.

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