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Fans: Tiger's show or no won't make, break PGA

Fans: Tiger Woods won't make or break PGA Championship

Tiger Woods arrived at Valhalla Wednesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Tiger Woods arrived at Valhalla Wednesday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Wayne Thompson (Source: WAVE 3 News) Wayne Thompson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kellie and Kenisha Manning (Source: WAVE 3 News) Kellie and Kenisha Manning (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Boland Grayson (Source: WAVE 3 News) Boland Grayson (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jack Cranfill (Source: WAVE 3 News) Jack Cranfill (Source: WAVE 3 News)
 LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Wayne Thompson barely needs a single sign to draw golf fans to park at the Dogwood Kennel.

“We started selling tickets in January,” Thompson said Wednesday. “And we're still selling ‘em today.”

Forty dollars a day buys a walk only 30 to 40 yards away from Valhalla's gate - no waiting for help from Louisville Metro Police to cross Shelbyville Road and no 30 to 40 minute shuttle from Churchill Downs or Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the official spectators' parking.

But Tiger Woods is the real mulligan in all this.

“When he decided that he was actually gonna come, it seemed like the phones started ringing,” Thompson said. “People wanting parking passes on our lot.”

Kenisha Manning, a golf fan from Michigan who turns the PGA tour into a bonding experience with her father every summer. She says Woods always makes the experience more exciting, “(Tiger) always makes it fun to see  the crowd, the excitement, you feel it in the air, it's a different experience.”

“I think he really didn't want to come,” her father, Kellie Manning, added. “But PGA talks, they kind of get what they want.”

Boland Grayson, 11, agreed.

“He should just take the rest of the year off,” said Grayson, who's looking forward to his own golf competitions after he completes his classes at Holy Trinity School. “He's gotta worry about his back and he's not gonna be in the playoffs.”

Grayson remains hopeful that he can score passes for the final round Sunday. The $90 pricetag isn't the issue; they've been sold out for months.

When you have $8 beers and $5 hot dogs it's not inexpensive, I can tell you that,” said Jack Cranfill, a Peewee Valley businessman who's using the Championship as a platform to entertain clients.

“It's a big event, without or without Tiger,” Cranfill said. “Fun thing to do. Why would you not be here?”

“I've got autographs and pictures," Kellie Manning said “But I'll come back tomorrow and see if he can keep it in the short grass.”

That's his polite way of saying that the PGA Championship and the quest for the Wanamaker Trophy should be more about the event and the venue than any one particular player.

And if young Grayson can't add a Woods to the Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in his autograph collection, don't say it's because he never caught Tiger Fever.

I had it a few years ago and I still like him, and my Dad does too,” he said. "But I'm a Rory (McIlroy) guy now.”

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