In 1995 I got my first professional golf experience at the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Since that iconic day as a 14 year old, I've enjoyed attending the Majors in golf as well as the team events. In 1998 my dad took me too the PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Washington state and we saw Vijay Singh win in the rain. As some of you may recall, since launching Tas-Tee, I was able to attend the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club near St Louis Missouri. That was an all timer where Tiger tracked down the lead pack on Sunday and Brooks Koepka was able to hold him off.
This year I was able to go with my family to Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma and watch the PGA Championship on a truly iconic track. Southern Hills proved to be a glorious backdrop for this tremendously deep field of golfers. My family, now under my command at these huge golf events, woke up early Tuesday and drove up from east Texas to get me in Arlington before headed north.
We arrived and watched the guys on the range and on the practice green before heading out to eat and get settled into the hotel. The next day was our FULL day of trudging around the terrain and as always, my family proved to be up to the task of covering a bunch of ground. We saw the entire course on Wednesday and connected with several guys at the 13th tee box. Talked with our caddie friend Kyle and our guy Ryan Palmer as well as Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas as they lined up their focus for the big event.
Thursday at a major is a completely different vibe. The focus is fully engaged. The competition is palpable. JT, Tiger, Reed, Keith Mitchell and Will Zalatoris are all guys I wanted see in person hit a golf ball w their full Major focus. I was able to follow Will and JT as they played some extremely great golf and it has improved a few of my pre-shot focuses.
We headed out after watching a few rounds so we could get back to Texas and watch the huge crowds on tv over the weekend. So many great moments from a historic PGA Championship.