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Klauk family steals Players spotlight
Fred Klauk, a 33-year GCSAA Class A member who served as the superintendent at TPC Sawgrass for 23 years before retiring last year, will have a completely different view of this week’s Players Championship, now known only as The Players.
Klauk’s youngest son Jeff, a PGA Tour rookie, will be in the tournament field for the first time ever. Jeff has enjoyed a strong season through 13 events, with 11 made cuts, three top 25 finishes and more than $600,000 in earnings, but had to wait out several withdrawals from The Players field last week before moving up the alternate list and into the tournament.
"This week is going to be fun. It's going to be all positives," Jeff said during a Wednesday morning news conference at Sawgrass. "I've always dreamed of playing this tournament, having grown up out here, mowed the fairways and greens. It's going to be awesome."
Asked whether his time behind a mower working for his father gave him a greater understanding of the plight of the superintendent, Jeff said, “Oh yeah, for sure. Growing up in a household where he's (Fred) at the golf course at 4 in the morning and doesn't leave until it's well after dark tournament week makes you definitely appreciate things, what goes into making a golf tournament what it is, both from the golf course maintenance but also from the other stuff that goes on. Yeah, I appreciate things a lot more. I have a different view on things than a lot of other guys."
The story is already receiving considerable media attention, including a story on ESPN.com. For a complete transcript of Jeff’s news conference, visit http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=56127. Other articles about the Klauks are in the Florida Times-Union, St. Augustine Record, Ponte Vedra Recorder, PGATour.com and Golf.com.