by Gary Van Sickle

The Green Mile is one of golf’s worst nicknames. The last three holes at Quail Hollow Club are ferocious and memorably dangerous holes, all right, but their combined distance is 1,223 yards, 537 yards short of a mile. Even a Green Three-Quarter Mile would be 1,320 yards.

The Green Mile is a big lie, in other words. But never mind that. The media already have driven home this fake news (let’s not get started on that, please!) because it’s compelling.


by Adam Schupak

Chris Stroud has a vision board in his gymnasium back home in Houston. It is a collage of photos of cars and boats and him holding trophies. Does it include the Wanamaker Trophy, the silver behemoth to be awarded to the winner of the 99th PGA Championship, he was asked?

“It does,” he said. “I took Davis Love in whatever year he won [1997] and cut his head out, because he looks kind of the same as me and put my face in and it’s on there.”


by Alex Miceli

Major championships are the holy grail of golf. They can make or break a golf course, establish reputations for those who don’t have one or fortify a course that has major credentials.  

As an annual stop since the PGA Tour returned to Charlotte in 2003, Quail Hollow Club has held major-like credentials in most players’ minds.  

That was the Quail Hollow that they knew and pretty much expected this week.

They have been sadly disappointed.  


by Steve Elling

The self-aggrandizement starts slowly, almost imperceptibly, at the Masters, the first major championship of the year.

Commercial interruptions that week are few, and the lone broadcast appearance during live play by organizers at Augusta National is a brief, recorded spot underscoring the irony that, in fact, advertising breaks have been reduced to a trickle by design.


Ernie Els Brands


Hole-by-hole scores for Graham DeLaet on Nos. 13-16 – birdie, eagle, eagle, birdie – at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., during the third round of the PGA Championship. During the run, DeLaet shaved six strokes from par en route to a 3-under 68, one shot off the low round of the day (scores: The Canadian stands tied for seventh at 2-under 211, five strokes behind leader Kevin Kisner entering today’s final round (tee times:


August 7-13
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur
San Diego CC, Chula Vista, Calif.
August 10-13 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) 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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