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US OPEN: Crowd weathers high temperatures

The Charlotte ObserverJune 15, 2014 

US Open Golf

Fans wait for players to arrives at the 18th hole during the round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Saturday, June 14, 2014.

CHARLIE RIEDEL — AP

— A hot, muggy week in the Sandhills has caused predictable medical problems during the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, but not any major issues.

“You plan for the worst and hope for the best, but it has been pretty much what we expected,” Tommy Cook, director of FirstHealth Emergency Medical Services for the Southern Region, said Saturday morning.

Cook said some golf fans had been transported to a local hospital this week because of heat issues, but said he did not have a number.

“Folks need to come out and continue to stay hydrated,” he said. “We’ve had folks with improper footware and had a lot of blisters. The heat had caused some to have headaches, so we’ve been able to give them Tylenol or ibuprofen. But those have been the three things: blisters, headaches and need for water. Those are the major (issues).”

Cook said he had heard of one person being hit by a golf cart, saying, “I’m surprised with all the carts here there have not been more, but I have not heard of any major injuries.”

Seeking advice Martin Kaymer hit his drive into the rough on the left side of the 4th hole and ended up in a washout up against a pile of pine straw. After appealing unsuccessfully for relief, Kaymer told the rules official – USGA president Thomas O’Toole – he would take an unplayable lie.

“You’re not going to play it?” O’Toole asked.

“Do you have an idea how to play it?” Kaymer responded.

Kaymer took the penalty stroke, chipped into the fairway and ended up making bogey on the hole.

Reality check It was been a dream week for Fran Quinn, the 49-year-old journeyman who made the cut in the U.S. Open for the first time in 20 years – and made it with his son, 15, as his caddy. It was a dream Thursday, especially, when Quinn was among the leaders with a 2-under 68.

Saturday, though, was a bit of a return to reality.

Quinn shot a 9-over par 79 after finishing with at least a bogey on three of his final four holes. He said his goal for Sunday was to play well and “finish it off in style.”

“But what I did today was really disappointing,” Quinn said.

‘Bad taste’ for Spieth Jordan Spieth was a little irritated Saturday after bogeys on the final two holes led to a 72, saying, “It left a bad taste in my mouth.”

Finishing rounds has been a problem this week, Spieth said, noting he was 5-over on the final three holes in the first three rounds.

“I haven’t found the fairway at 18 yet,” he said. “If I play those three holes better, I’m sitting there with a chance to win.”

Spieth, who tied for second in the Masters, said he would have one goal for Sunday: “Beat the golf course.”

“I have not looked at leader boards, and I won’t (Sunday),” he said. “If I can beat the golf course, it will be another good golf tournament and solid major for me.”

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