Golf course explosion injures 4 |

Golf course explosion injures 4

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. ” A gas explosion inside the kitchen of a golf course clubhouse injured four construction workers Friday, course officials said.

Their conditions were not immediately available.

The clubhouse at The Ocean Course is set to open for next week’s Senior PGA Championship.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort spokesman Michael Vegis said the $22 million clubhouse still is expected to be ready for the tournament.

The course, designed by Pete Dye, also is scheduled to host the PGA Championship in 2012.

The Ocean Course is a majestic seaside venue favored by tourists but feared by the world’s best golfers after the famed “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup in 1991.

Competitors struggled through three days of blowing wind and wayward shots. Seve Ballesteros won a hole with a double-bogey 7. Mark Calcavecchia went 8-over par over his final four holes, leaving him crying on the sand dunes.

Both plan to play in the tournament that begins Thursday.

The Ocean Course slowly disappeared from golf’s major scene, partly due to a reputation it was unfair, but since then, Dye has tinkered with the course design.

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