The CBS affiliate covering the PGA Tour’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., showed on Friday a photo of th 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, with the island green inundated with water, basically flooded. The station claimed that was a photo related to Hurricane Matthew.
The famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is nearly underwater. ⛳️ #HurricaneMatthew
— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) October 7, 2016
Unfortunately, that station was duped.
The photo they aired was actually from the 2012 storm, Tropical Storm Debby, not from Hurricane Matthew.
Numerous outlets have shown this picture of Hole 17.
This is from 2012.
We will have updates on the course soon. pic.twitter.com/fWaIQCnl8X
— TPC Sawgrass (@TPCSawgrass) October 8, 2016
In fact, here’s a look at video footage from that storm and how it affected the 140-yard par 3 at the home of The Players Championship.
It’s unclear how the station came to believe the photo was actually from Matthew damage, but the PGA Tour cleared up the issue and said it would soon issue a report on any potential damage to the two courses at TPC Sawgrass and to its headquarters.