PGA Players Continue Praise For St. Louis Fans After Championship Sunday

Here's what pros have been saying when asked about the crowds at Bellerive.

August 10, 2018 - 5:41 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - While many of the national headlines about the 100th PGA Championship have focused on the weather and conditions of the greens at Bellerive Country Club – locally we can't stop talking about this crowd. 

That's because everytime we ask a PGA pro, especially some of the top-10 players in the world, they say they've never seen crowds like what has shown up in St. Louis. 

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Here's what the pros have said throughout the week at Bellerive:

Brooks Koepka - "The fans, there's been quite a few fans this week. It's a good sporting town, they love their sports. I don't know how many people are actually here now, but I mean it seems to be growing every day. Even Wednesday I was talking with my caddie, I think that's the most people we have ever seen on a Wednesday. So, I mean, and it looks like it's even getting more packed out there."

The leading going into Sunday reiterated after his 3rd round on Satruday: 

"There's more people here this week than I think I've ever seen at a major championship. I don't know how many people have actually come through the gates, St. Louis is a great sporting town. They're very energetic, which all of us love. I can't tell you how many people we saw Friday, Saturday, especially when you're making that turn, even watching it a little bit on TV, I was amazed at how many people were out here in the morning. I know there's Tiger Woods, I get that, but it's still impressive how many people came out."

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Then after his Championship win: 

"Everyone turned out for it. Everyone was there. Everyone is excited. I don't see a reason why we wouldn't come back to this area, being such good sporting fans.

I think it would be great. You look at it, I think it would be perfect for a Ryder Cup."

Tiger Woods - "They have been unbelievable. Not only supportive, but just so positive. They have been on -- they have been supportive of all of my playing partners and myself these first three rounds and it's been a pleasure to play in front of them, it really has. Hopefully, we can come back soon."

He was asked again after his second place finish: 

"The people here were so positive, the energy was incredible, but the positiveness of it all. Everyone was willing every shot that everyone hit. There was no negative comments, no one was jeering, no one was making snide remarks, everyone was just very positive. They're excited, yeah. They sometimes pick sides, yes. But they were respectful. And that's, I wish we could play in front of crowds like this every single week because this is a true pleasure."

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Justin Rose - "Good camaraderie out there. Just being very genuine and, yeah, they have been very respectful, fun. Big crowds too. Lots of kids as well. Lots and lots of kids out there. Obviously school holiday. So it's been fun to play out there."

Jordan Spieth - "Been unbelievable. These crowds have been -- Monday shocked me. And then every day it's been fantastic. It's been not overkill, everyone's been I think very respectful, fantastic sports and golf fans. This is a great market to come to in St. Louis. These people love their sports, and I think it's only going to get better over the weekend. I think this has been some of the most fun golf as far as playing in front of fans that I can remember experiencing."

Jason Day - "There's a lot of people here in St. Louis. They've brought out a lot of fans here this week."

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Zach J. Johnson (not that Zach Johnson) - "The people here in St. Louis were amazing -- the crowds, the gallery, all the volunteers. I'm speechless. It was that good."

Zach Johnson (the one that is a top-50 golfer) - "You know, you can kind of tell these people are golf thirsty. Probably Budweiser thirsty or Anheuser Busch, whatever you call it. But, no, they were terrific. And I had -- I don't know where they're from, but it seemed like a pretty massive contingent from Iowa because it's barely north of here, and my guess is a bunch of Iowans in this area because it's a great town.

It's a sport crazy town. This is Cardinal Blue country, formerly Ram country. But terrific. You can tell they love their golf and they love the fact that we're here."

Charl Schwartzel - "It's phenomenal. I don't think I've seen so many people at a golf tournament. It has to be the most I've ever seen come to an event.

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Adam Scott - "7:30 this morning it was a packed house on the 10th tee. I knew they were there to watch the No. 1 player in the world mostly, but it's really nice to see everyone really embracing the tournament. An enthusiastic crowd. There have been a lot of roars out there. It's a fun atmosphere for us to play in."

Justin Thomas - "And the amount of fans that were out here yesterday was absurd. I've never seen anything like that on a Tuesday. So come tomorrow and the rest of this week, I'm sure it will be pretty cool"