Two greens slightly damaged, but play starts at PGA Championship

The first round of the 93rd PGA Championship got underway Thursday at Atlanta Athletic Club despite damage to a pair of greens.

PGA Championship officials announced that the edges of both the 14th and 17th greens suffered minor damage on Wednesday evening, but the damage was repaired and it will not affect play.

"During this evening's golf course greens maintenance at the Atlanta Athletic Club, there was minor damage caused to the edges of both the 14th and 17th greens," officials said in a statement Wednesday evening. "This damage is believed to be the result of a significant rise in the dew point at approximately 7:00 p.m., which caused the brushes on the mowers on those greens to stick in the grass and damage the turf.

"The damage has already been fully repaired by the grounds staff at the Atlanta Athletic Club, led by Ken Mangum, the Director of Golf Courses and Grounds," the statement explained. "This will not affect the opening round of the 93rd PGA Championship."

Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson last year in a playoff and enters the week looking to become the first back-to-back champion since Tiger Woods in 2006-07.