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.”
“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.
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.
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.”