WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – Some of the best golfers in the world will play in Delaware for the BMW Championship on Thursday morning. The event is expected to draw more than 140,000 people to the Wilmington area as the first round of the PGA Tour event kicks off at Wilmington Country Club.

“I just like watching them play, I like following them, especially Rory, he’s my favorite,” said Wilmington resident Amy Shenyo.

This is also new territory for gamers. From the Hotel Du Pont, where some are staying, to the Wilmington Country club for the event, this is their first glimpse of the premier state.

“It’s good to be back, actually that’s how bad my knowledge of the area is, we landed in Philadelphia and I was like, it seems like a long way off, but it’s only 25 minutes,” Rory McIlroy said.

“Amazing, I’ve never been here before, this is my first time to Delaware, it’s a big boys golf course, 7,500 yards, all three par 5s are accessible, that’s how that I would design a golf course,” PGA Tour golfer Will Zalatoris said.

With Wilmington at the epicenter of the golf universe this week, local courses are already seeing an increase in tee time bookings and believe this type of exposure will only continue to grow the game locally.

“It’s the first time a men’s tour event has been here locally, which is going to be a huge buzz for Wilmington and the state of Delaware, but also for the local golf courses here. I think it’s going really well. buzz about the small state of Delaware and set us on a pace that we’re going to keep going up and up and up,” said general manager Ryan Kidwell.