TUESDAY  | MAY 21, 2019
by John Hawkins

No matter what happens between now and the end of time, the 2019 PGA Championship always will be remembered as one of the most astonishing tournaments in golf history. Talk about Hollywood scripts! A 56-year-old journeyman ex-tour pro, a man who bears at least a passing resemblance to Kevin Costner, no less, a guy who hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since 2008 and managed just one victory when he did, accomplishes the unthinkable.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Brandel Chamblee has won a major championship. Just not for himself.



Brooks Koepka, with yet another PGA Championship title in his pocket, will be tough to beat in three weeks at the U.S. Open. And don’t expect Tiger Woods, who will have some good vibes of his own at Pebble Beach, to be the guy to do it.

A New York state of mind-numbing buffoonery
OK, I am going to sound like the old geezer who shouts, “Get off my lawn!” but I have just about had enough of the modern sports fan.

The crowd at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., during the recent PGA Championship seemed to think we were all tuning in to hear their witty comments screamed at the direction of the players. The constant yelling and oftentimes distracting comments were tough to deal with as a viewer.


Awarded: Spots in next month’s U.S. Open, to 26 players not otherwise exempt via the top 60 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking. The list included 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013) and Byeong Hun An (2009).



Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Brooks Koepka, who jumped two spots in the world order after his victory in the PGA Championship.




Hawk & Rude: PGA in review
It wasn’t the prettiest finish in golf history, but Brooks Koepka’s fourth major title in less than two years featured lots of interesting moments. John Hawkins and Jeff Rude dissect the week at Bethpage.


Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., which will play host to this week’s Senior PGA Championship, can claim a unique distinction in golf. Oak Hill, which dates to 1901, is the only club to have hosted the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA.


Ping has expanded its G410 line of drivers with the introduction of the G410 LST. The club includes movable weights and is built to produce a low, stable spin.


Ping introduced the Blueprint model of irons. The forged blade, made with 8620 carbon steel, is available for pre-order and custom fitting at Ping shops worldwide.


The winner of the recent PGA Championship wore cleated shoes, according to PrideSports, which manufactures and distributes Softspikes and Champ cleats. The winner wore Nike Tour Premiere shoes with Champ Zarma Tour cleats, according to PrideSports.


Ahead will provide headwear and other merchandise in support of Women’s Golf Day on June 4, the company announced. More than 50,000 women and girls are expected to participate in activities at 900 golf courses in 52 nations.


Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort has been selected by Golf Digest magazine for an Editors’ Choice Award as one of the “Best Golf Resorts in the Southwest.” The resort, with four championship golf layouts and a putting course, is wrapping up a $90 million renovation.


Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., has completed a $5 million renovation that touched nearly every part of the club. The club, founded in 1906, also recently combined two 18-hole layouts into one 18-hole championship course, with a three-hole practice loop.


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

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 23-26
Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, N.Y.

Web.com: Evans Scholars Invitational

Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.

LPGA: Pure Silk Championship

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.

European: Made in Denmark

Himmerland Golf & Spa Reort, Farso, Denmark

Symetra: Zimmer Biomet Championship

RTJ Golf Trail (Lake Course at Grand National), Auburn, Ala.

PGA Tour: Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

May 24-29
Men’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 25-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald, Pacific Dunes)

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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