by Gary Van Sickle

The PGA Championship can’t move to May soon enough. This week’s Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at St. Louis' Bellerive Country Club shows why.

Playing in August has turned the PGA into the Bob Hope Desert Classic of major-championship golf. It’s go low or go home. Seven under par gets you in the top 5 going to the weekend here at Bellerive … just barely.


by Dan O’Neill

If you want Brooks Koepka to do something – really want him to do it – just tell him that he can’t. His coach figured that out on Tuesday during the 2017 U.S. Open week at the Erin Hills driving range, two days before play began. Pete Cowen pulled Koepka aside, sat him down and looked him straight in the eye.

“You don’t have a chance,” he said. Cowen went on to tell his promising pupil that his game wasn’t ready, his head couldn’t handle it and his backbone lacked the structural integrity that it took to win any another golf tournament, much less a major championship. In short, Cowen called out Koepka. And it worked like a charm.


‘Cranky old man’ seeks answers
I consider myself to be a cranky old man, but I am unable to get worked up about the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson thing (“In the news,” Aug. 3).

I look at it as a revenue-driving function for advertisers and the TV network. Should Woods and Mickelson put up their own money? Why, when the network and advertisers will do so? And if their respective charitable foundations can funnel some money to do good, why not? Remember, folks, it's just entertainment by two icons, regardless of their current playing status.



Number of birdies that Tiger Woods made in his first seven holes, with no bogeys, before thunderstorms suspended Friday’s second round of the PGA Championship. Woods, who is 3 under for the tournament and trails leader Gary Woodland by seven strokes, will resume play at 7 a.m. CDT today at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (scores).


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

The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

August 8-12
European Tour: European Golf Team Championships

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland

August 9-12 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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