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Medical teams at PGA Championship kept busy during practice rounds

Rory McIlroy sign autographs after a practice round at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on Tuesday. Medical teams treated more than 100 patients on both Monday and Tuesday.
Rory McIlroy sign autographs after a practice round at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on Tuesday. Medical teams treated more than 100 patients on both Monday and Tuesday. AP

Nearly 300 people were treated at the PGA Championship’s practice rounds for various injuries Monday and Tuesday, Carolinas HealthCare System’s medical team reported.

The team saw 129 patients Monday and sent two to a hospital. On Tuesday, the team treated 150 patients and two went to hospitals.

Injuries have included minor abrasions but very few heat-related injuries, said Dr. Kevin Lobdell, a Carolinas HealthCare System physician and the PGA Championship medical chairperson. “The injuries we’ve seen are common with outdoor activities,” he said in a statement.

Few of the incidents Tuesday involved slips in the rain, which stopped in the afternoon. Still, healthcare providers recommend wearing non-slip shoes with good treads.

Rain is likely Thursday, when tournament play begins, and Friday.

Organizers expect up to a quarter-million spectators for the event, but PGA of America doesn’t release spectator attendance figures.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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