WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It was the PGA Tour on display, and yet it was so much more.
We welcomed the sport to our home and the golf world's eyes were on Wilmington. It was a reunion, 47 years since the Port City and the PGA Tour met.
And it was everything we could've wanted.
A young man with psoriatic arthritis met his hero, Phil Mickelson, who happens to battle the same thing. Whether it was Lefty, the defending champion, or an NFL head coach, they embraced our course and our town.
"I think that the course feels like Augusta," said Mickelson, and it was a comparison other golfers made through the week.
James Hahn, the 2016 winner, raved about Eagle Point Golf Club before Round 1 even began.
"It's probably a top five golf course that we play on the PGA Tour," he said.
Even Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera made his way to town.
"It's a beautiful area," he remarked. "It's the first time my wife and I've been down here"
And hopefully not the last for Rivera, and the sport.
We witnessed a comeback from the best golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson, who made a putt on 18 to tie for the lead after finishing Round 2 on the cut at 1-over. His tremendous final two rounds proved to everyone that though he may not have won, Johnson is most certainly back.
We saw heartbreak, pressure putts that can agonize even the pros, Jon Rahm's emotion throughout the round, and Grayson Murray parting ways with his caddie on the ninth hole.
And after that heartbreak, we saw Brian Harman, draining a 28-footer on 18 for birdie for his second PGA Tour win, a euphoric moment that brought people crowding the grandstands to their feet.
"I think they'd be silly not to play here again," Harman said afterward. "It's a championship quality golf course."
Maybe they'll be back on the Eagle Point greens and fairways along the Intracoastal for fans around the country, and around the world, to see what Wilmington's all about once again.