Let’s face it, the PGA Championship ranks at the bottom of the totem pole in the which-major-do-you-want-to-win-most category.
It’s definitely a Masters, U.S. Open or British Open response each time that question is posed to any lad on Tour. Nevertheless, there are four majors in golf (well, 5 for the LPGA) and due to its large field and it not being an “Open,” the PGA has the most stacked field of all of them. This year’s tourney heads to upstate NY just outside of Rochester to Oak Hill CC, a Donald Ross gem that is a classical and pure as it gets. At “only” 7,160 yards, it may seem like a bomber’s paradise…that is until you find yourself with a stray shot offline in the 5 inches of gnarly rough and lose your shoes trying to find your way out. There’s a
reason that only 3 players broke par the last time it was played here back in ’03 (Shaun Micheel won– who?). As for my picks for the week, it’s of course hard not to go with Tiger, but in addition I’ll say Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and Henrik Stenson put up a good fight, with Miguel Angel Jimenez as my sleeper (cigar smoking and all). Ah
Count me among those who laughed at the idea of playoffs in golf back when the idea was first born back
in the mid-2000′s, but also now count me among those who
Amidst a plethora of birdies, a swath of heavy competition and lots of green
tractors, Jordan Spieth emerged victorious for the first time on the PGA Tour. At the ripe age of 19, Spieth becomes the first teenager since 1931 to win on the PGA Tour and doing so in dramatic playoff fashion. The
way Spieth got into the playoff may have been more luck than skill, as his bunker shot on the 72nd hole had either pin and bottom of the cup or water written all over it, but the former prevailed and ultimately so did Jordan. The win gives him a PGA Tour card for two years, retro-active FedEx Cup points that vault him all the way up to 11th in the
season-long standings and entries into this week’s British Open, as well as the PGA Championship and into next year’s Masters. Heck, even making Fred Couples’ Presidents Cup team this year doesn’t seem that far fetched. Not too shabby for a kid who is nearly two years away from legally celebrating with an alcoholic beverage or two. Cong
You wouldn’t think nicknames like “The Terminator” or “Robocop” would be appropriately fitting for a golfer, but after
watching Henrik Stenson’s dominating performance at the Tour Championship, they both may be the most fitting nicknames in the game. The tall, powerful and stoic Swede plowed through the competition and East Lake en route to a 3 stroke victory and the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus prize that comes with it and oh yeah, and a ho-hum $1.4 million on
top of that for the Tour Championship win. That $11.4 million, plus
his Deutsche Bank Championship win plus the rest of his earnings the past couple months and boom, he’s suddenly won just shy of $17 million on the course
since July (not counting endorsements). If ever there was a professional athlete that actually needed the cash, it was Henrik, as he was the victim of an elaborate Ponzi scheme that took him for millions upon millions (a $7 billion total scheme). Add that financial heartache to the fact that less than 18 months ago Henrik was as low as 230th in the World Rankings and it’s all the more of an impressive bounceback to the top of the golfing world. In fact, quite Terminator/Robocop-like indeed.