CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The rain poured Tuesday morning but it didn't deter thousands from showing up to the PGA Championship practice round at Quail Hollow.
While the water turned putting greens into mush, a different kind of green was also freely flowing inside the Pro Shop.
Shopping seems like the perfect distraction to Mother nature's plans.
"We're a 43,000 square-foot tent," said Michael Quirk, The PGA's licensing and merchandising director. "There is going to be rain, it's happening now and this is a great place to come in and shop."
They expect to sell 15 hats per minute but Quirk is rethinking his initial thought.
"With the weather, I think it could be 16 or 17 [per minute]."
Quirk said the Grand Opening broke a sales record, no shock to Charlotteanns who have waited decades for a golf major.
"This is the big boy," said Deretha Adams.
"I just wish Tiger Woods was in it, but oh well," said Deretha's husband, Jake Adams.
Maybe next year, Jake.
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