LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nagging back problems have some golf fans worried Tiger Woods may be out for this week's PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. The golfer canceled his Tuesday morning press conference on Monday night adding to the speculation he may not feel up to playing.
Fans love that the PGA Championship is back at Valhalla and they are excited to see all the world's best golfers there, but there's no question Woods brought a lot of magic to the Championship in 2000 and they would like to see him come back.
Now in 2014, golf fans like John Moseley say they came back in part to see Woods, "I wanted to see Tiger since he wasn't here at the Ryder Cup six years ago."
For 92-year-old Mayola Montgomery, Woods victory in Louisville was something she won't forget, "I came here in 2000 and I sat in this very spot," she said sitting under a shady tree by hole No. 9. Who did Montgomery come back to see? “Well, Tiger of course," she said.
Mayola and many fans had hoped to see him up close during the practice rounds. Zach Watkins, 12, and his little brother Trevor had several autographs after Monday's practice round but they weren't sure who every golfer was. Their dad, Jamie Watkins, keeps a list in his pocket. He laughed, "I had to keep it because some of them, we didn't recognize."
"We hope he comes," he said of Woods. "They definitely hope he comes because we've seen him before, we've been to the Masters and got to see him then." Jamie Watkins also got to see Woods win at Valhalla before his boys were even born.
The family was also at Valhalla for the Ryder Cup without Woods, but said they still loved every minute of it.
Fans like John and Jordan Moseley are not only adding to their autographed golf ball collection during the practice rounds, they're rooting for Kentucky's own JB Holmes and Kenny Perry.
John Moseley said of the Bluegrass golfers, "You've got to have some Kentucky flavor."
Several fans waited all afternoon to see Bubba Watson, like Bubba Superfan Steve Kottkamp. "We were down for Bubba at the Masters this year, watching him chip in on No. 1."
Mrs. Montgomery is also a big fan of Watson. She's optimistic about Woods, but if he can't make it she said of the tournament, "It always effects the amount of people that come, but they thought he (Tiger) was coming, so maybe they will still come."
Many fans are also excited to see the man playing the best golf in the world right now Rory Mcllroy. Phil Mickelson is a favorite and the always colorful Rickie Fowler is a big hit with young golf fans.
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