CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Seven years of planning have gone into a week of high expectations. Attracting big crowds has required countless of hours of preparations.
By the time the PGA Championship ends this coming Sunday, more than 3,000 volunteers will have had roles to play, according to PGA executive Sandy Cross.
"Those volunteers are recruited from the local Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community, as well as many members of the Quail Hollow Club," Cross said.
Rory McIlroy, an early crowd favorite, was mobbed by fans after finishing a practice round. Golf fans are in search of keepsake moments, and adding his signature to their autograph collection adds value and cherished memories.
Anthony Kulka, a fan from Jackson, Michigan, is filling up empty space on a souvenir flag hole by hole.
"I think it's cool that you can just go to the holes and get their stuff," the young fan said.
The driving range was one of the places where golf enthusiasts gathered.
Charles Newman, who lives in Charlotte, had one question: "Why aren't they working?"
Executing flawless logistics from a fully-functioning leaderboard to the moving of flags will be seen by millions before the event ends, and that requires skill.
Observers say this week you don't have to be a fan of the sport to find a community's pride.
"We're very excited for Sunday to see who that champion will be when that final putt goes in the ground," Cross said.