PGA Week kicks off Monday with practice round

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The first practice round of the PGA at Oak Hill Country Club is Monday.

The world’s biggest golf stars including Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Hideki Matsuyama are gearing up to compete in Rochester.

The practice rounds run from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday. Then, the competition runs from Thursday through Sunday. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. They begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday, the PGA is organizing a nine-hole golf tournament at Penfield Country Club for military veterans battling PTSD and other challenges. It’s part of the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program. You can read more here.

Ron Pulta, general chairman of the 2023 PGA Championship, says the 3,500 volunteers have worked hard to give fans a memorable experience. You can learn more about the PGA, including how to watch it on TV, here.

Monroe County expects the tournament to draw 200,000 visitors and bring nearly $200 million to the region. Tickets are sold out. If you’re planning to attend, here are important things to know:

  • There is public parking at MCC and Rochester Tech Park, with shuttles running to the course throughout the day.
  • There’s no daily readmission. If you leave, you can’t return.
  • There will be Wi-Fi on site and portable phone chargers will be available for rent.
  • There is a PGA Championship app you can download that features an interactive course map, daily pairings and the schedule.
  • Don’t bring backpacks or large bags, laptops, coolers or oversized chairs. They are prohibited.
  • Cameras are only allowed on-site during practice rounds and are not permitted on-site during championship rounds.

The last time Oak Hill hosted the PGA was in 2013, a tournament that Jason Dufner won with a score of 10 under par. The club has also hosted the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup.