SUNDAY  | AUGUST 12, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

A strange thing happened Saturday afternoon on Bellerive Country Club’s back nine. Brooks Koepka didn’t slam the door shut on the 100th PGA Championship.

We’ve seen Koepka grab the last two U.S. Opens and bench-press them as easily as the 225-pound weights he lifted 14 times Sunday morning before the Open’s final round at Shinnecock Hills in June. He went out after that and made winning a major championship look easy, again.

 



by Adam Schupak

They say a tiger never changes its stripes, but apparently Tiger Woods changes his shirt. He did so yet again on Saturday in a porta-potty near the fifth tee during a 29-hole marathon day at St. Louis' Bellerive Country Club. After Friday’s deluge, the sun shone brightly with a vengeance, and Woods explained away his wardrobe change as a product of the heat and humidity and, well, he sweats a lot.

But when he switched from a light-green-and-white-striped shirt to one that was blue, it was shades of Clark Kent stepping into a phone booth and coming out dressed in his Superman cape. Woods reeled off three straight birdies beginning at the sixth hole and toured the first nine in 31. Game on. Woods was just two strokes off the lead, and it had that Hot Tub Time Machine feel back to the days when he used to whip fellow competitors Stewart Cink and Webb Simpson with regularity.

 


by Dan O’Neill

Meet Me in St. Louis is playing at the Muny Opera outdoor theater in Forest Park this week in St. Louis. Thirteen miles west, the message is being taken literally at Bellerive Country Club. 

The crowds for the 100th PGA Championship theme park at Bellerive have bordered on the absurd. For Monday’s practice round, a day in which only a few headliners arrive, hordes of fans stalked the grounds, soaking up golf. 

 


PGA setup has been a letdown
The PGA Championship at Bellerive is a total-joke setup. The worst was the 298-yard drivable par-4 11th hole – as if the players needed another gift. The course already has wide fairways, playable rough and rather easy hole locations, considering the soft greens.

This tournament should have been played in one of the Northern states by the border, where temperatures are much cooler in the summer. It doesn't feel like a major to me but rather a regular Tour event with the easy course setup.

 


2

Number of University of Alabama players who made the match-play final for today’s U.S. Women’s Amateur. Kristen Gillman, 20, a Crimson Tide junior from Austin, Texas, will meet incoming transfer Jiwon Jeon, 21, of Daegu, South Korea, in the 18-hole match at Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn. It’s the first final featuring college teammates since Title IX civil-rights legislation was passed in 1972, according to the USGA. Gillman, the 2014 Women’s Amateur champion, and Jeon, the reigning junior-college national champion from Daytona (Fla.) State, needed extra holes in their semifinal matches. Gillman edged Kaylee Benton, an Arkansas senior from Litchfield Park, Ariz., in 19 holes. Jeon needed 23 holes to outlast Lauren Stephenson, an Alabama senior from Lexington, S.C. (scores).

 




CALENDAR
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
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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