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Players unhappy about playing ball where it lies after downpour, delay at PGA Championship

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Kenny Perry hits from the fairway on the first hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (The Associated Press)

Heavy rain at PGA Championship brought another round of player complaints about not being allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in soggy conditions.

Play was halted for 1 hour, 51 minutes Sunday in the final round at Valhalla Golf Club after an inch of rain fell in about 45 minutes, creating temporary ponds and streams that had workers scrambling to squeegee water from fairways and greens. Showers also forced an hour-long delay Friday morning in the second round.

In both instances, tournament officials decided not to allow players to use preferred lies, except when a ball came to rest in standing water. That didn't sit well with some players, who struggled after play resumed.

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