SATURDAY  | MAY 18, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

It is difficult to say whether a glass is half-empty or half-full. It is not difficult to decide whether a major championship is half-done or completely over.

The 101st PGA Championship, ladies and gents, is realistically over. Brooks Koepka has played golf like a 2001-vintage Tiger Woods. He’s played Bethpage Black like he’s playing a video game.

Here’s the scary part: Thursday, he shot 63, a score that could’ve been lower if he hadn’t failed to birdie both par 5s and missed a 5-foot putt. “A 60 would’ve been pretty nice,” Koepka conceded. Friday, he didn’t have his best stuff, he said. He battled. He grinded. He struggled. And he still shot 65. Say it again: His bad round is 65.

That’s classic Woods.

 


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by Alex Miceli

The Rules of Golf have been watered down over time, but two rules remain sacrosanct: Get to the first tee on time, and sign your scorecard upon finishing play.

The option of leaving the flagstick in the hole while putting and the freedom to tap down spike marks are new additions to golf’s rules, but tardiness is not.

American David Lipsky made the fundamental mistake of arriving at the first tee a tad late on Friday at the PGA Championship, and he paid the price: a two-stroke penalty.

 


A MESSAGE FROM GOLFBREAKS

Established in 1998 in the UK, Golfbreaks was created with a primary objective of ‘saving golfers time and money’ when organizing their golf vacations. Customers will pay no more with Golfbreaks than if making the booking themselves directly, with no booking fees, no administration fees and no surcharges!

 


Perhaps Daly needs different ‘obligation’
John Daly said Thursday that he loves playing in the PGA Championship and that, as a past champion, it is his “obligation” to do so. Hmm … obligation?

To do so, he demanded a cart, chain smokes, has a knee the size of a grapefruit and further had zero chance of playing on the weekend. But it is his obligation.

 


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Number of bogeys that American Mark Hubbard made in 36 holes as he took the midway lead at the Web.com Tour’s Knoxville Open. Hubbard, 29, a 2011 San Jose State graduate, shot his second consecutive 6-under 65 for a 12-under 130 total and two-stroke lead at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Thomas Best, Justin Coxsey and Andrew Thomson of Los Angeles emerged as the winning threesome Wednesday in the Omega Golf Trophy finals at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. They were awarded special-edition, engraved Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatches and other prizes by Omega.

 

Golfballs.com introduced an online guide to help event organizers plan and operate their golf tournaments. The Golf Tournament Planning Guide offers customized gifts and gear for tournaments, plus tips for running a successful event.

 


CALENDAR
May 16-19
Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Pine Needles Lodge, Southern Pines, N.C.

Web.com: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.

May 17-22
Women’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.


      
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