WEDNESDAY  | AUGUST 8, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Suppose it were possible to customize a major-championship setup just the way you like it as easily as ordering a surf-and-turf dinner at a steakhouse.

Now imagine Rory McIlroy placing his PGA Championship order. It might go something like this:

 



by Dan O’Neill

In 1965, Gary Player was still in his 20s when he came to Bellerive Country Club for the U.S. Open. He arrived with three of golf’s major championships under his belt, and he departed with the fourth, beating Kel Nagle in a playoff to complete the career Grand Slam.

This week, Jordan Spieth, still in his 20s, comes to Bellerive having won three of the four majors. If he can win the 100th PGA Championship (tee times), he also would circle the bases and join Player, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods in the exclusive Grand Slam Club. 

 


by Jeff Babineau

The season’s last major championship is upon us, and this time, whether the PGA of America owns the slogan anymore or not, the PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis really is Glory’s Last Shot. The PGA moves to May in the revamped and condensed 2018-19 PGA Tour schedule, sandwiched between the Masters and U.S. Open. But as we gather at Bellerive, there is, as usual, history at stake, with lots of side dishes. Around the corner is a Ryder Cup next month near Paris, where the United States will try to win on foreign soil for the first time in a quarter-century. 

In between? Well, it’s time to cue up your favorite embattled Jim Mora YouTube video: Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? This will be the last time the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs will be a four-pronged monster, with competitors elbowing for better position at the Northern Trust (Ridgewood, N.J.), Dell Technologies (Norton, Mass.) and BMW (Newtown Square, Pa.) on their way to the big dance at Atlanta’s East Lake, the season-ending Tour Championship. Next year, there will be three playoff stops.

 


Now playing … comedian John Hawkins
While John Hawkins makes some valid points regarding benefits of the move of the PGA Championship dates to May, it was a total laugh-out-loud moment when I read this line: “Start with the better weather, which should produce firmer and healthier course conditions.” (“Golf’s other major seeks summer send-off,” Aug. 7).

Really? Mid-May dates can produce very inconsistent, if not dire, weather conditions if the tournament is played in northern locations. None other than Jack Nicklaus, who had quite a bit of experience with May dates with the Memorial Tournament, noted that May dates and northern course selections may not be the greatest pairing.

 


1

Number of players who have posted top-10 results in the three major championships this season. American Tony Finau tied for 10th at the Masters, placed fifth at the U.S. Open and finished T-9 at the British Open. Finau, 28, will be making his fourth career start in the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Who will win the Wanamaker Trophy? Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the 100th PGA Championship. Guests: BBC’s Iain Carter, course architect Rees Jones and MorningRead.com founder Alex Miceli, plus audio from Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.


Hawk & Rude: Feasting on Firestone
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the PGA Tour’s final trip to Akron, Ohio, and mull the landscape heading into this week’s PGA Championship.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Omega spokesmen Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy celebrated the PGA Championship this week in St. Louis with a golf exhibition at the city’s signature monument. The touring pros surprised bystanders at Gateway Arch National Park by hitting wedge shots to a target positioned 100 yards away, under the Arch.

 

Popticals will exhibit its performance eyewear at next week’s PGA Fashion and Demo Experience in Las Vegas, the company announced. Popticals will showcase three new models in its line of golf eyewear.

 

Applications are being accepted beginning today for the Reynolds Lake Oconee Getaway with Matt Ginella Sweepstakes. The winner and a guest will receive a four-day, three-night golf trip to the Greensboro, Ga., resort, with Golf Channel’s travel editor as a playing companion, a club-fitting at Reynolds Kingdom of Golf and other prizes.

 

Twenty college scholarships have been awarded by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America as part of its Legacy Awards program. To be eligible, the grant recipients must be a child or grandchild of a GCSAA member.

 

Valley of the Eagles Golf Club in Elyria, Ohio, was scheduled to open today after renovations by Nicklaus Design. The daily-fee course, which stretches to 6,941 yards, winds along the Black River about 25 miles west of Cleveland.

 


CALENDAR
August 6-9
Men’s amateur: Canadian Amateur

Duncan Meadows GC, Duncan, British Columbia

August 6-12
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur

The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

August 7-10
Men’s amateur: British Senior Amateur

 Royal Porthcawl GC, Rest Bay, Wales

August 8-12
European Tour: European Golf Team Championships

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland

August 9-12
Web.com Tour: Ellie Mae Classic

TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bellerive CC, St. Louis

August 10-12
Symetra Tour: PHC Classic

Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee


      
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