FRIDAY  | AUGUST 10, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Thursday was the first day of golf without Jarrod Lyle in the world. 

Golf goes on; life goes on. But the feeling that something was missing, that someone was missing, was palpable when the 100th PGA Championship began on a warm August morning at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

 



by Dan O’Neill

Legend has it that pizza ovens were designed to produce the kind of heat found this week at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. In short, it’s warm out there.

But the atmosphere for the opening round of the 100th PGA Championship on Thursday was especially stifling. Rickie Fowler’s good friend Jarrod Lyle, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, died late Wednesday. Last week, Lyle and his family announced that he would end further treatment for acute myeloid leukemia and undergo palliative care at his home in Australia. Fowler spoke with Lyle last Friday. 

 


by Alex Miceli

Professional golf sounds like a glamorous lifestyle, but then you get down to the nitty gritty: time away from home and the odd mistake that can disrupt an otherwise good tournament.

For Ian Poulter, this week differed from most major-championship weeks. He arrived in St. Louis for the PGA Championship at midday on Wednesday to learn a Bellerive Country Club course that he had never seen.

 


DeChambeau lacks control for Ryder Cup
Bryson DeChambeau has the potential to be a very good player, but I don’t think he’s ready to be part of a Ryder Cup team (“DeChambeau chases Ryder dreams at PGA,” Aug. 9).

He’s too volatile, as we saw two weeks ago in Europe with his temper tantrum. He appears to be immature and not able to deal with the ups and downs of his game, such as when he withdrew from the John Deere Classic, claiming an injured right shoulder, but miraculously he was fine one week later at the British Open.

 


7

Number of birdies that American Gary Woodland made in his final 11 holes to shoot 6-under 64 and take the first-round lead in the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. After making bogey from a greenside bunker at the par-4 first hole, Woodland played flawless golf in search of his first major championship, making a career-high 152 feet, 5 inches of putts. American Rickie Fowler, also seeking his first major title, shot 65 to stand second, followed by South African Brandon Stone at 66. A 13-man group tied for fourth at 67 included former major champions Stewart Cink, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson and Justin Rose. Tiger Woods, who stood 3 over after two holes, recovered to shoot 70 (scores).

 



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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Omega spokesman Tommy Fleetwood surprised guests at the second annual Omega Golf Trophy Finals by making the award presentations this week at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis. The winning threesome of Rick Violette, Jason Azzarelli and T.J. Cosgrove of Orlando, Fla., received special-edition engraved Omega timepieces and other gifts. Fleetwood is in town for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

 

Provision Events has been hired to provide the fan experience at next month’s Ally Challenge, a Champions Tour event at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. Provision Events will set up an area for fan events next to the par-3 17th hole. Activities will include a “money shot” at a floating green, a putting course and a golf simulator for Warwick Hills’ par-3 17th.

 

Two Nevada golf courses have disclosed fall pricing on their Double Down Package. The deal includes two rounds of golf – at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson and Cascata in Boulder City – for $499. The rounds must be played within five days of each other and from Sept. 25 to Nov. 18.

 


CALENDAR
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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