SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (NBC 26) – The countdown is on until the Ryder Cup kicks off at Whistling Straits this weekend.
This is the 43rd event that was originally scheduled for 2020 but due to the pandemic it has been delayed for a year.
Golfers from the United States and Europe will come together for this tournament.
On Monday, NBC 26 caught up with fans who were on the event grounds and picked up their last-minute memorabilia from the merchandise store.
Many of them were very excited about the tournament, some even coming from out of state.
“We just thought it would be a great idea to come and check out all the fun activities, it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful event, it’s beautiful,” said Holly Franzen of Chandler, Ariz. “The Packers game today, the Ryder Cup ahead, what’s not to like.”
A man from Alabama said he traveled to Wisconsin because his wife was volunteering for the Ryder Cup event this weekend.
“We both volunteered to work here on the lottery. My wife was chosen and I wasn’t, so I watch and she works, ”said Arnie Christianson. “I will follow all the competitions, she has to work three or four days.
It’s his first time at an event like this and Christianson says he’s very excited.
“Just seeing the best players in Europe and the United States. Different aspects are involved, it is a team competition with partners and individual matches. Better ball, four balls, a unique way of seeing golf and the games is always exciting, ”said Christianson.
A 91-year-old couple visiting the merchandise store said they came to take a quick look at the grounds.
“It’s great just to see and everything here is amazing. We’ve been to Whistling Straits for other tournaments, but nothing like it, ”said Audrey Otten.
The two love everything about golf and say that is largely how they fell in love.
“We love it, we played golf last year when we were both 90, this year has been a little more difficult,” said Otten.
“He gave me his clubs to use while he was serving, that’s how I became a fan.”
Monday evening is the last day the merchandise store will be open to the public.
Practice rounds begin on Tuesday, before the event officially kicks off on Friday.
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