TULSA, Okla. – “It’s a major golf tournament and we don’t get very close to it in that area, so, you know, I just like major tournaments,” says Bob Bohnhoff, a Joplin golf fan.
This isn’t Bohnhoff’s first PGA championship. When the event last took place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa in 2007, it also made the trip from Joplin.
Bohnhoff says: “The course is totally different. You know, but, of course, Tiger won it. It was great! It was hot though. It was miserable.
It’s still hot, even though the tournament is in May instead of August like it was then. But the heart didn’t stop even the youngest golf fans from showing up.
Jackson Patterson, a fourth-year Carl Junction golf fan, says, “[It’s] really exciting and it’s average [bigger than I’ve gone to] before.”
While watching the pros in action is certainly entertaining, it’s also inspiring for young golfers who hope to be on the green one day.
“It’s really cool because you learn more things at your age and you get better by watching,” Patterson says. “Yesterday we watched [Tommy] Fleetwood and all the other putts for three hours, and it just makes me want to put in more.
The first round of the PGA Championship begins Thursday.