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Clean-up underway at Valhalla after exciting, muddy championship

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Over the last three days the course saw about two and half inches of rain, which at times created quite a mess. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Over the last three days the course saw about two and half inches of rain, which at times created quite a mess. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Drew Robertson (Source: WAVE 3 News) Drew Robertson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
John and Dottie Mitchell (Source: WAVE 3 News) John and Dottie Mitchell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sal Urso (Source: WAVE 3 News) Sal Urso (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Amber Pfister (Source: WAVE 3 News) Amber Pfister (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With the wild weather and the drama that played out on the course, the 2014 PGA Championship had its share of excitement. On Monday, it was all about the clean-up. PGA officials say to get Valhalla Golf Club back to looking spotless it could take until late fall.

It's the calm after the storm at Valhalla Golf Club on the day after an exciting end to the 2014 PGA Tournament. Those that got to see all the action in person were still reeling.[MORE: PGA Championship news]

“The golf was awesome,” said Drew Robertson, spectator from Illinois. “The best players played great and it was muddy and rainy and steamy, but it was worth it to see the golf.”

As crews immediately started the clean-up process, golf fans filled the merchandise tent for a 50 percent off everything sale. Louisville natives John and Dottie Mitchell watched the drama of the championship unfold in their living room, but they wanted to make sure to pick up some souvenirs.

“I read the labels for him and told him what 50 percent off would be and I tried to talk him into more,” said Dottie Mitchell.

“I talked her out of it,” joked John Mitchell.

While it takes about two and a half months to set everything up on property, to tear down will take about half that time and there will be no breaks for the course itself.

“There's a golf outing going on today, the members will start playing tomorrow again and I would say in about two weeks they will start seeing some grass,” said PGA Championship Operations Manager Sal Urso.

The weather didn't make things easy for PGA officials, the players or fans. Over the last three days the course saw about two and half inches of rain, which at times created quite a mess.

“We had a lot of help and support from local tow truck companies,” said Urso. “We towed about 50-60 cars just on property.”

Of the 200,000 people who made it out, overall it was success.

“It was such a fantastic time, a little muddy, but it was great,” said  Louisville spectator Amber Pfister. 

“This is one of the best cities that supports the PGA of America for all of our events that we've had here,” said Urso.

A crew of 3,500 local and national volunteers helped bring this championship to life.

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