So many months ago I got an exciting email saying that I had been selected to buy Ryder Cup practice round tickets. Kenny was absolutely over the moon and we quickly bought the max amount which was 4. This is a huge check off of Kenny's bucket list. So once we bought the tickets we started looking at our calendar and realized that Tuesday was the same week as our Napa Valley vacation. So we decided to just tack on some extra days to our vacation for this once in a lifetime chance. We planned to go to Napa with our same group as last year. Foley and Robby are not into golf so that helped us not worry to much when we asked Jay and Margaret to come with us to the Ryder Cup because they are very into golf!
So Monday morning we flew out for Minneapolis. They tournament was at Hazeltine outside of Minneapolis. When we first start talking about what we would wear the weather forecast said it was going to be around 65-70. So we packed workout gear essentially. Figured we might be a little chilly in the early morning but that we would be fine! Well as the trip got closer the temperature kept dropping but thinking we couldn't possibly wear jeans to the course. We still thought we would be fine. What we did not anticipate would be how windy that day would be. It was so so so so windy. And the weather stayed around 55 and that was with the sun out. Towards the end of the day the sun went behind clouds and we were ice cubes.
A few weeks before the tournament we also realized that Tuesday wold be the celebrity tournament. So we were excited about that. They announced a few days before that celebrities like Michael Phelps, Kurt Russell, Bill Murray and some kid from One Direction would all be there. Along with a lot of other people. And of course not to mention that we saw every amazing golfer in the world pretty much. I stood within 20 feet of Tiger Woods for a long time and heard him talk. We followed Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler's group for a lot of the time. Bubba Watson was cruising around on a golf cart all day. We saw Rory and so many other greats. The course was beautiful and we had the best time running from hole to hole to see all the players. Kenny was literally in heaven I think!
So of course you know I have lots and lots of pictures!
You weren't able to park anywhere near the course. So we Ubered half an hour to a school where we then got on a shuttle for another 20 minute or so drive where they dropped you off at the gates to get in.
Kenny and I had to get our picture next to Phil on the way in. I was already kind of cold.
From there we walked over to watch USA hitting on the range and then they crossed a bridge where they all got together for what seemed like an hour's worth of pictures for the media. It was fun seeing them all together though.
Once they were done doing pictures we went back to the first tee box and watched everyone tee off and then started following Phil and Rickie's group.
Watching Phil walk from one hole to another.
Kenny taking a picture of me and Phil was walking by.
This was on the ledge of the cliff overlooking the green and our favorite picture from the day. I don't even look like I was absolutely freezing my hiney off. It was so cold!
Kenny watching Team USA come down the green.
All while we stood in front of the pretty bridge!
Walking over the bridge! Phil!
The PGA commissioner.
After our amazing luck on Hole 7, we had some lunch and then decided to skip over to another hole and wait on the tee box so we could see some groups tee off. While we were standing there here comes Tiger Woods on one of his coaches carts. It was surreal. He was with a bunch of other famous golfers and important people but of course we couldn't get over how close we were standing to him. He was talking to other guys and I heard his voice with my own ears. It really was so cool. And once again Kenny was in complete heaven.
Selfie with Tiger!
After all of that excitement and being really really cold for a really really long time we were getting a little tired. We decided that our main priorities as far as the celebrity golf tournament went were Murray and Phelps. Jay really wanted to get the marshmallow man that he brought from the Ghostbuster movie so we found a spot to put us in prime autograph position. But the celebrities were moving very slowly. And it was going to start raining shortly and Margaret and I were pretty cold so we decided to start walking back towards bag check and the entrance and we would wait on the boys. They ended up staying longer to watch Murray and Phelps that they originally said they would but Margaret and I cut them some slack since it was the Ryder Cup after all. Margaret and I did see Michael Phelps play some of a hole which was cool!
While we waited on the boys we saw this huge tribute to Arnold Palmer that everyone was signing. Arnold had passed away two days before which was a huge shock to the golf world. So we decided to sign too!
Once the boys showed back up we got back on the shuttle and then got back on another Uber and finally made it back to our hotel. We were all so tired! We went straight to the hotel restaurant where we ate soup and grilled cheese and were in the room packing for our flight to Napa by 8:00 PM. It was an amazing memory filled day!