FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017
by Mike Purkey

While it’s true that Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner are the first-round leaders at the PGA Championship, most people are looking past the Dane and the American toward one of the players one shot back.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka posted a 3-under 68 on Thursday at Quail Hollow Club, one behind Olesen and Kisner, who each shot 4-under 67 (scores: http://bit.ly/2upkvKk). Koepka made birdies on three of his final five holes for his 68, and Olesen and Kisner each made six birdies in their 67s. And each of the leaders had a dramatic birdie putt on the 18th hole.

 


Ernie Els Brands

by Gary Van Sickle

Welcome to the First Annual Jordan Spieth Chase For History.

For the record, “first” and “annual” aren’t supposed to go together in the same sentence. By definition, English teachers say, no event is annual until its second edition.

 


by Steve Elling

Perhaps it’s partly because the PGA Championship never has measured as high on the significance scale when compared with the game’s other majors. As it relates to passion, it doesn’t elicit the same response as the Masters or U.S. Open for American audiences.

Maybe it’s because the crew at TNT makes only a cameo appearance each year on the golf scene, and doesn’t televise the fateful, final moments of the weekend at the PGA, when any potential on-air error is magnified.

 


Forecast for more PGAs in Northeast 

I am not sure that I understand the uproar about the PGA Championship possibly encountering questionable weather in the North/Northeast due to the date change to May (“PGA gains clout with move to May,” Aug. 9, http://bit.ly/2vQCHBi).

 



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Score for Joost Luiten on the par-3 fourth hole at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., during Thursday’s first round of the PGA Championship (video: http://bit.ly/2fwVt9G). Luiten hit a 6-iron on the 184-yard hole, his 13th of the day after starting on the back nine, that took a big bounce and then slid down the flagstick and into the hole for an ace. Luiten, 31, of the Netherlands, enjoyed few other highlights during a 5-over 76 (scores: http://bit.ly/2upkvKk).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Antigua Group will provide the U.S. team’s uniforms for the Solheim Cup next month, the Peoria, Ariz., apparel maker announced. The Solheim Cup is scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. 

 

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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