THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017
by Adam Schupak

"Go get that," Jordan Spieth barked to caddie Michael Greller after canning a 50-foot eagle putt on the 15th green at Royal Birkdale en route to a remarkable victory at the British Open in July.

Soon after, those words began trending on Twitter and are being uttered by golfers everywhere, including Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry at last week's Web.com Tour event. Those three words also sum up the feelings of the Spieth fan base, which would like to see him win the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club that begins today and complete the career Grand Slam. 

 


Ernie Els Brands

by Mike Purkey

Jason Day calls it a plateau, these doldrums he’s in. But a plateau suggests reaching a certain height and having maintained that altitude without ascending any higher.

Day was No. 1 in the world in 2016, and now he’s No. 7. Truthfully, he’s slipped from any plateau on which he might have been resting.

 


Consider PGA on Memorial weekend 

I find it interesting that one of the selling points of moving the Players to March and the PGA Championship to May is that the Tour will now have five straight months of big events, March through July (“PGA gains clout with move to May,” Aug. 9, http://bit.ly/2vQCHBi). Last time I checked, they already had that, from April through August.

 


In the news

Agreed: To plead guilty to reckless driving and enter a diversion program for first-time offenders, Tiger Woods, according to The Associated Press. He did not attend his arraignment Wednesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and through his attorney entered a not-guilty plea to a charge of driving under the influence, the AP reported. Early on May 29, Woods was found asleep in his damaged Mercedes-Benz along a highway about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Fla. He was found to have had no alcohol in his system but told officers that he had taken painkillers for his injured back, according to the incident report. Woods, 41, is expected to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25. His record would be wiped clean upon successful completion of the diversion program. Woods has not competed in golf since February. His 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major championships rank second all-time.



25

Number of consecutive cuts that Steve Stricker has made in major championships entering the PGA Championship, which begins today at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. (tee times: http://bit.ly/1yf8r8M). It is the longest active streak on the PGA Tour. Stricker, 50, has won 12 PGA Tour titles in his career but no major championships, with his best finish in a major being a runner-up to Vijay Singh in the 1998 PGA.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is offering unlimited same-day play on its two courses. At $175 per day through Aug. 31, a golfer can play the Shepherd’s Rock and Mystic Rock courses, both Pete Dye designs, all day at the Farmington, Pa., resort.

 

Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii, long known as a golf destination, also owns quite a history as a wedding destination. Since Bill and Melinda Gates were married at the Oceanside resort shortly after it opened in 1993, Four Seasons Resort Lanai has made for a picturesque nuptials setting.

 

Ecco has announced the release of 100 limited-edition Ecco Biom Hybrid Classic golf shoes to commemorate Ernie Els’ 100th major-championship appearance this week at the PGA Championship. Each shoe will be numbered from 1 to 100 on the heel and feature Els’ logo on the upper, sole and tongue. The model will be available early this fall at www.eccousa.com and at www.tgw.com.

 

Aline reports that its shoe equipment that replaces inserts was used by some of the top players in recent major professional tournaments. Five of the top 20 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, six of the top 30 at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship and 11 of the top 30 at the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship wore Aline, the company reported.

 

CALENDAR
August 7-13
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur
San Diego CC, Chula Vista, Calif.
August 10-13
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship
Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.
PGA Tour: PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany)
Web.com Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa

      
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