PGA fans rise before sun to get to Valhalla


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Call them committed. More than a thousand PGA fans rose before the sun Thursday for the best spots along the Valhalla fairways.

"I'm not a morning person," Lora Armstrong said. "But this is my first PGA Championship."

Armstrong was one of the first to stand in a line that stretched the parking lot of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The first shuttles to the course rolled out around 6:30 a.m and fans were buzzing with anticipation of who they could see today.

"I'd like to see Kenny Perry," Rodger Coombs, from Bardstown, said.

"Certainly Rory. Adam Scott's right up there," Jay Garrison said.

"We're probably going to follow Tiger and Mickelson," Armstrong said.

For many who made their way on to the bus, it would be their first PGA championship. They arrived at Valhalla an hour before the first tee-off.

"It's so awesome out here, it's peaceful and cool," Jacki Nickoden, from Lexington, said.

And then came Tiger.

"All of the sudden, Tiger and Phil come out and it's like a massive crowd and they all follow them," Nickoden said.

"Phil's my idol and I love when he's anywhere near me, even though I'm a little older than he is," Marilyn Horlander, from Louisville, said.

Most followed in large crowds, as the leaders made their way down the green. However, some decided to setup shop along one particular fairway for the day to watch the rest of the golfers up close.

"Everyone else should get a real good view today for the other golfers," John Priore, from Atlanta, Ga., said.

Visitors were asked to take a mental picture of their day and keep their cameras at home. Taking photos with your cell phone is also prohibited.