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News 12 at 6 O'Clock, April 5, 2010

AUGUSTA --- The green grass around Augusta National is partly overcome by another color this week: the haze of yellow pollen.

"Every car that drives by, I'm like, these people don't wash their cars in Georgia," said Delaware native Sandy Dibiase. "It's covered with stuff, obviously it's covered in pollen."

"Our friend has a red car," remembers Jamie Gordon. "And it was yellow. So we walked around looking for the car, and we realized it's the pollen."

For some, the solution isn't as cheap.

"We're used to paying 1.50 Euros and doing it ourselves," said England native Ken Glover. "(Here) you can't get away with less than five or eight dollars."

People crowding Washington Road were also blanketed by the heat. Vendors sold drinks at nearly every block and many carried cups and water bottles.

The Glovers sat under a shaded tree outside, putting on sunscreen before heading through Gate 6.

"I'll be blistered in this heat," said Ken's wife Audrey. "I always sit in the shade."

The heat and pollen is also foreign to David Thorsson, who is from Sweden. But this week none of that matters.

"I see this as a vacation still," says David. "And on a vacation, you want it to be too hot."

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  • by TK3 on Apr 5, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    To hot on top of having to wear mask outdoors because of heavy pollen, everywhere. Pray for rain soon!
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