LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The day started out wet and soggy. Fans endured a downpour to see the leaders take to the tee.
“Despite it being muddy, and we were slipping around all over the place – it was an exciting tournament,” said Bill Draper, who was experiencing his first major. “Just great golf.”
Draper was one among the thousands who watched the world’s No. 1 player manage to barely hold off some of the PGA’s biggest stars.
“With Mickelson and Rory it just couldn’t have gotten any better,” he said.
Draper witnessed the eagle that changed Rory Mcllroy’s momentum.
“I was standing near the green when Rory hit up for his eagle on 10,” he said.
Each fan had their own strategies for catching the action.
“I followed [Rory] for about 7 or 8 holes,” Draper said.
“We sat by the green on 16 and that turned out to be the make-it or break-it hole for the tournament,” said Kevin Doyle, who also was attending his first major.
Some spectators who spoke with WHAS-TV felt like they watch the best major of the year, which might explain why they would have not have all minded if the night sky pushed play into Monday morning.
“It if [had gone] into tomorrow we could’ve come back,” Doyle said. “There wouldn’t have been as many people.”