There’s nothing like the energy and pageantry of a major sporting event. Each sport has their biggest events and in professional golf one of the big four is the PGA Championship. This year the event is being played at Whistling Straits along the western shore of Lake Michigan in the picturesque town of Mosel, Wisconsin.

While many fans hope to get a ticket to the competition days, I’ve found that the best time to see the golfers and enjoy the course is on one of the practice days. The players are more relaxed, the crowds are smaller and the rules are a not so rigidly enforced. So I grabbed my camera and headed north a few hours to get an up close and personal look at some of the world’s best golfers as they prepared for the final major of the year.


Jordan Spieth enjoys a lighter moment before hitting his second on the par 5 16th hole.


Zach Johnson practices his sand wedge on number 10 under the watchful eye of his coach.


Miguel Angel Jimenez, the PGA’s version of the most interesting man in the world, testing the putting surface on the 11th hole.


The gorgeous Par 3 7th hole at Whistling Straits


The long drive championship was won by Anirban Lahiri with a distance of 327 yards.


The crowds were manageable on the Tuesday practice day…


Unless you wanted to catch a glimpse of a marquee player like Spieth, McIlroy, or Mickelson.