THURSDAY  | AUGUST 9, 2018
by Dan O’Neill

The circus is in town at St. Louis' Bellerive Country Club, as it always is when Tiger Woods is in the house. The galleries and media hordes following the game’s biggest name are huge, improprieties are frequent and distractions are aplenty. 

Woods has had to learn to live with it. It’s been happening since he was an amateur phenom. It spiked when he set records at Augusta National in 1997, captured the so-called Tiger Slam in 2000-01 and never subsides. And that’s under normal circumstances.

 



by Jeff Babineau

There are no two ways around it: Bryson DeChambeau is one interesting dude. It has taken him some to time to get his feet planted on the PGA Tour, but at 24 – he turns 25 next month – he has not yet reached graybeard status. Working his way into success slowly, methodically, piece by piece, is a pattern he followed as a junior and an amateur.

As the 100th PGA Championship gets set to begin today at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (tee times), there is a great deal on the line for DeChambeau, now ranked No. 22 in the world. It’s the season’s fourth major, and he hasn't really done anything great in the first three. He wants to make a late-season push to keep climbing in the FedEx Cup rankings (he is sixth). And oh, there’s that Ryder Cup thing hanging in the balance. 

 


by Gary Van Sickle

Here’s what I learned before the 100th PGA Championship in St. Louis, although I was unable to confirm plans that Illinois may build a giant croquet player hitting a ball across the Mississippi River from the iconic Gateway Arch:

The Dynamic Duo: Apparently, we view the Ryder Cup selection process all wrong or, at least, nothing like the way the captain does.

 


A bad fit for Mickelson
Kenny Drake's comments about Phil Mickelson are right on. Mickelson is so stuck on himself and trying so hard to stay relevant that he cannot stop the useless freight train of selfless idiocy (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 8).

The latest: convincing Tiger Woods to play a $10 million winner-take-all exhibition and the Mizzen and Main shirt commercial.

 


Died: Jarrod Lyle, a former PGA Tour player, on Wednesday night at his home in Australia, according to Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia. Lyle, 36, recently ended treatment for a third bout of myeloid leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Briony, and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2. Lyle made 58 cuts in 121 career starts on the PGA Tour. He was a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour.

 


8-1

Odds, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, for favorite Dustin Johnson of the U.S. to win the PGA Championship. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, a two-time PGA champion, was the second pick, at 12-1. American Justin Thomas, the defending champion, was listed at 14-1. Play begins today at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: A visit with Bob May
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts are joined by 2000 PGA Championship runner-up Bob May, who looks back on his epic duel with Tiger Woods in one of the most memorable finishes in golf history.


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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ahead and Golfoholics have launched a line of headwear, apparel and other branded merchandise featuring Golfoholics’ tee-and-olive logo. Golfoholics claims a network of 70,000 avid, irreverent golfers.

 

Ping has disclosed the apparel that Louis Oosthuizen will wear for this week’s PGA Championship. Oosthuizen will be dressed in selections from Ping’s autumn-winter collection.

 

Golf Life Navigators reports that more than 7,000 avid golfers had completed its automated ProGuide3 questionnaire in the company’s first year. That performance has allowed Golf Life Navigators to capture more than 10 percent of market share among private clubs in Arizona, Florida and the Carolinas, the Naples, Fla.-based company said.

 


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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