PGA Championship: Faces in the crowd at Bethpage, the People's Country Club

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PGA Championship: Faces in the crowd at Bethpage, the People's Country Club

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PGA Championship: Faces in the crowd at Bethpage, the People's Country Club

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In 2002, Bethpage Black became the first true muni to host a major championship. This week’s PGA Championship will bring out the best players in the world and some boisterous New York crowds to “The People’s Country Club.” Here’s a look at some fans who made the early commute.

Gunner Lynch

Hometown: Red Hook, N.Y.

Standing near the second tee, Lynch held a sign hoping players would stop and give him  a “used” golf ball. It worked as Gunner said he had collected seven balls, including one from stars Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Wearing a black Under Armour polo, Gunner said his favorite player is Jordan Spieth.

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Five-year-old Gunner Lynch said he’s collected seven “used” balls from players after holding up a sign at Bethpage.

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