The sign outside the Rudy’s Tacos on 16th Street in Moline features a special message this week: “TODD HAMILTON – STOP IN AND SEE US!”
The longtime PGA pro and 2004 British Open champ has made it a point to pop in almost every year the tour comes back to town.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” said manager Richie Yergel, “and the people of the Quad Cities enjoy that, too. He comes in every year to this location.”
It’s a similar story for several Whitey’s Ice Cream locations, though the East Moline one sees the most business from the PGA as it’s closest to The TPC at Deere Run.
“Jason Jones, Davis Love, Dickey Pride, David Feherty,” manager Tenia Smith told News 8. “The list goes on. They’re very appreciative and we appreciate them as well.”
At The Doc’s Inn in Silvis, owner John Stopoulos has put together the biggest post-round party Thursday through Sunday, continuing a tradition that, for decades, took place out at the course itself.
“I’ll buy [the pros] all a drink– a couple drinks,” Stopoulos told News 8, laughing. “Maybe even give ’em all some golf tips…”
With a lineup of live music through Sunday night under a giant tent in the parking lot, and with food served until 2:00 a.m., Stopoulos knows it’s a busy couple days ahead, especially with some likely surprise cameos.
“I know a couple of my bartenders have been texting back and forth with a couple golfers who say they’ll come by,” he said, “so looking forward to it, you know?!”