Golf has long been a sport followed and enjoyed by many around the state of Kentucky. It is not often that the state becomes the stage for one of the largest golf events of the year. In 2008, Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club was the venue for the Ryder Cup, and this year, the PGA Championship was held there.
More than a 100 of the world’s best golfers, along with hundreds of thousand fans descended on Louisville this week for the event. Not even the torrential rains could damped the week’s events.
While at the event, dozens of Perry County residents could be found walking the course and cheering on their favorite golfers. One of the clear cut favorites for local golf enthusiasts would have to be Kentuckian Kenny Perry.
The first three days saw Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy leading. Several golfers, including perennial favorite Phil Mickelson take control of the match. However, a strong rally by McIlroy late, say him finish with a one stroke win.
This would be one of the most exciting tournaments in recent history as golfers had to scramble to finish ahead of the darkness. There were golfers running on the course, and the combination of groups to make a Sunday finish possible.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.