For this quartet of tournament volunteers, the unofficial gateway to fall has long since been left to the gulf, a 62-year shared life for the Dell Technologies Championship (formerly Deutsche Bank), which begins on Friday.
But this time, more than just moisture is hanging in the air. Now it is accompanied by a sense of melancholy.
"The hard part is you can not say," I'll see you next year ", Al Cameron says, looking at Gunnar Nordahl, at Jim Miskel, towards Diane Fuore. The three men have volunteered for all 1
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"It does not happen."
No, it is not.
So keep going and enjoy it, Boston fans, because next year the PGA will not stop, not since the tour had announced in July, it changed their schedule and compressed the season to leave August for the newly configured FedExCup playoffs to host. An event will return to TPC Boston in 2020, but in a different form and time. It will come back as a Northern Trust opening the month of August and sharing an entry price for every other year with the New York / New Jersey market.
"Labor Day Weekend will be gone," says Nordahl. "Well, it's going to come back, it's gone so long, I've always vacationed before work day, now I can wait."
It was a big run. In the midst of crowds of spectators trying to bridge their path from one season to another, the atmosphere has been well received by golfers.
"I remember the fans were pretty crazy last year," said Cameron Smith, an aspiring Australian star who wants to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Adam Scott, the tournament's first winner. "Is it Labor Day this weekend?" So we're done on Monday.
"Everyone was out on Saturday and Sunday. It's like a big weekend, I think. Usually we do not get it so often on Sundays because everyone has to go to work. It was a pretty cool atmosphere. I would like it again. "
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Who did not want that?
The tournament offered plenty of good golf in the good times, which is the perfect antidote to the summer sports lull, the perfect precursor to the Red Sox in October, and the Patriots' predictable drive toward a winter of dominance.
The list of champions includes a Scott who won this first title before the 2003 Masters win, Vijay Singh, who climbed the heights of his "Tiger Who?" A year later, the above-mentioned Tiger Woods and his rival Phil Mickelson went back to back in 2006/07, Rory McIlroy winning the first of his two titles in 2012, crowd pleaser Rickie Fowler crowned 2015 and childhood friends Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas fighting for the Wire of Thomas 2017 victory.
While another young American cruises here on the wings of his win at the Northern Trust in New Jersey last week, he does so with his own good memories of being here a year ago.
"TPC Boston and the Boston area" That was fantastic for me, "said current FedExCup leader and all-round student of the game Bryson DeChambeau on Wednesday, discussing Newtonian versus quantum physics, brain training and ping-pong-playing robots. "I love it here. And I will miss this place a bit.
So the 1,300 men, women and children of the so-called Blue Crew, the turquoise-dressed army of volunteers, will do anything to track statistics
"I remember helping Tiger over the ropes on his belt The crowd of people was so big, more than 25,000 people, trying to get him up to the height of the clubhouse, "Nordahl recalled from Lunenburg.
Woods and Mickelson, as has been the case for many years, will become Woods and Mickelson this time around Some of these fans, like the volunteers, watched them grow up on the golf course.
"I remember Phil's kids rolling around in the sand trap on the 18th green," Nordahl says, laughing and demands "I forgot about it! "Punctuation mark from Cameron commuting from Southborough.
" It will seem strange that I will not be reporting at this time next year, "says Miskel from Taunton," but I am looking forward to 2020 and am with these guys . "
Because Nordahl says," It's going to be family. "
At least they have June when they want to see each other on a golf trip. Nordahl joins the volunteers and it is possible that they are with the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, where Fuore, an Avon, Conn., Local and seasoned Travelers Volunteer, were essentially recruited and where others have occasionally worked.
as they know it is over, mowed by progress Although it is wise and reasonable, it still adds a touch of melancholy.
Tara Sullivan is a Globe columnist and can be reached at email@example.com Follow her on Twitter @Globe_Tara .