Category: 2013 PGA Championship

August 12, 2013

Video: Dufner returns home to celebration in Auburn

Posted at 3:05 PM by Coleman McDowell

Once you play at Auburn University – in any sport – the fanbase will claim you as family even when you leave campus and don't wear orange and blue anymore.

So when Jason Dufner was leading the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, he had the entire "Auburn Family" cheering him on. And once he won the Wanamaker Trophy, he had some of that family meet him at the airport to congratulate the first major champion in Auburn history.

"The Auburn Family is really strong and supportive," Dufner said. "This win is for all the people here in Auburn. War Eagle."

(Video via Auburn Athletics)

August 11, 2013

Fans pick pin position near water on 15 for PGA

Posted at 10:55 AM by

Oakhill_15_300The people have spoken. They want to see the flag on the 181-yard 15th hole at Oak Hill [right] next to the water.

The PGA Championship tried to get fans involved this year by allowing them to choose the hole location on the 15th hole for the final round. They were given four choices, with Jack Nicklaus providing input on the differences in strategy of the four choices.

The PGA of America said more than 92,000 votes were cast on its website, Facebook and Twitter over the last 19 days.

The winner was "Hole Location C," which will be 25 yards on and 4 yards from the water on the right.

Nicklaus, who won the PGA at Oak Hill in 1980, approved of the selection. In fact, he went online and voted for "C" himself.

"Now, if I was in the field, I would look at a hole location like Option C and think, `No, no, no.' I would likely stay away from going at that," Nicklaus said. "Because Option C is the closest to the water, it's probably the most dangerous of the hole locations, especially if a player is trying to get it close. But that hole also gives a player an option if he wants to play conservatively, because there is plenty of room short left."

--By The Associated Press

Photo: Getty Images

August 08, 2013

Live Coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship: Round 2

Posted at 9:28 PM by is live blogging the second round of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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CBS Time Warner Cable customers face PGA Championship blackout

Posted at 10:28 AM by Scooby Axson

CBS is scheduled to broadcast the final two rounds of the PGA Championship this weekend, but for Time Warner customers with CBS in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, they might have to find another alternative to watch the tournament.

The network is in a dispute with Time Warner, which pulled CBS off the air in numerous markets on Aug. 2 over fees that the network charges Time Warner. The blackout will affect more than 3 million viewers.

"Well, absolutely, our goal is to make sure that the PGA Championship is as visible and as watchable to as many people as possible,” Pete Bevacqua, the PGA chief executive, said during a Wednesday news conference at Oak Hill Country Club. “So we will continue to keep an eye on it as weekend coverage draws closer.” will have limited streaming of the tournament for all four days.

(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)


August 07, 2013

Live Coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship: First Round

Posted at 7:14 PM by is live blogging the opening round of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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McIlroy serves Irish beef at PGA Champions dinner

Posted at 2:15 PM by Mike Walker

Rory McIlroy, winner of the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah, got to choose the menu for the PGA Champions dinner Tuesday night, and he served a taste of his home country to guests like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Keegan Bradley, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.

The 24-year-old Ulsterman tomorrow opens his defense of the US PGA title he won at Kiawah last year. McIlroy is a big winner with the Irish food industry with his choice for this prestigious occasion, which brought together the surviving winners of the PGA, one of golf's four 'Major' championships.

After a starter of goats cheese and beetroot salad, McIlroy's main course was a 'Duet of Irish Beef Tenderloin.' Irish fried champ was on the side.

Here's a picture of McIlroy's dinner guests:

And the menu:

Let's hope that this was just a practice run for his inevitable Masters Champions dinner someday. Hint for McIlroy: You can never go wrong with Thai food.

Tiger fans crush fence seeking autographs at Oak Hill

Posted at 10:58 AM by Mike Walker

Add another reason to why Tiger Woods isn't crazy about signing autographs: It's dangerous.

At Oak Hill for the PGA Championship, Woods made a move to sign some autographs for fans near the driving range on Monday, but stopped when it looked like the fence surrounding the range might collapse from the press of fans seeking his autograph [see video above].

Woods talked about the scene at his pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday:

Q. We see the way fans try to approach you for autographs. Yesterday it look liked when you were going on the range, you went over to sign, did something happen there, and how do you approach that when there's so many people?

TIGER WOODS: Well, the fence almost came down. So they almost knocked the fence down. It gets dangerous.

We had a little girl get crushed today, and she was just on the ground crying. People get so aggressive for autographs. And security is trying to be aggressive to protect the little kids up front. You try and sign, but sometimes the adults start running over the little kids up front, and especially on a fence like that, on a hard fence, it can get dangerous sometimes.

That was one of those situations where, yeah, it almost fell.


Video: Rickie Fowler takes on trash-talking moon

Posted at 10:02 AM by Scooby Axson

Many players have different training regiments to prepare for the biggest golf tournaments of the year. Rickie Fowler is taking his training to a whole new level.

Fowler and his caddy Joe Skovron found themselves in a indoor psychedelic driving range recently with weird features, including magical islands, glow-in-the-dark LED golf balls and a talking moon.

The range also had projection-mapped targets, state-of-the art sound, a stadium-size laser and a light show.

Fowler's first shot on the range was from 45 yards out and went right in the middle of a multicolored tropical tree. Next up was a weird-looking fire-breathing sea monster, which was 56 yards away. And for the finale, a trash-talking moon stood in the way, and got promptly served right between the eyes.

"I wouldn't look too good if I didn't get out of here without taking down the moon," Fowler said.

Could this be Fowler's training regiment for upcoming golf tournaments?

“We’re always looking for new, and sometimes quirky ways to get an edge and Red Bull came up with this fun and inventive animated training challenge,” Fowler said. “Hitting any type of golf shots where you have to focus on trajectory and distance and trying to hit a certain target can only help you get better.”

August 06, 2013

Nicklaus says PGA Championship is 'open ball game'

Posted at 9:57 AM by Mike Walker

Jack_300Jack Nicklaus said that Tiger Woods is definitely "one of the favorites" at this week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill, but the 18-time major winner thinks that the PGA at Oak Hill is wide open, unlike this year's U.S. Open at Merion and the British Open at Muirfield, according to

"The player has to suit his game to the golf course and the guys that can adapt to it are the guys that always have been the good players," Nicklaus said. "I mean, Mickelson will adapt well to it. Tiger will adapt well to it. I think there's a lot of guys that will adapt well to it.

"You have so many good players today that I think will like Oak Hill, will enjoy playing the golf course and could have an opportunity to win. To try to pick one of them out of there is pretty difficult right now."

Nicklaus said the summer conditions at the PGA Championship bring many more players into the mix than the year's previous three majors.

"The British Open, you can eliminate a lot of guys because of conditions. The U.S. Open you have the same thing and the Masters the same thing. But I think more people, because of the summer conditions and the nature of what happened with the PGA Championship, it opens it up to more people having an opportunity to win. So I think the PGA is a pretty open ball game right now."

And what about Woods, who's won five times this year but has been stymied at majors since winning his 14th in 2008.

"Obviously Tiger has had a very, very good year," Nicklaus added. "He's not finished off a couple majors he's had an opportunity to be involved in.

"You would be pretty hard pressed not to make him, if not the favorite, one of the favorites going into Oak Hill."

Photo: Jack Nicklaus at Wimbledon in July (WireImage).

July 30, 2013

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson practice at Oak Hill

Posted at 12:55 PM by Scooby Axson


Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both got in some early work on Tuesday in preparation for next week's 95th PGA Championship.

The Democrat and Chronicle spotted the world’s top-ranked golfer at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester with his girlfriend, skier Lindsey Vonn, and caddie Joe LaCava.

Woods finished tied for 39th in the 2003 PGA Championship, his last tournament at Oak Hill.

A small group of club members are on the course with Woods, along with some members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department who are providing security. Oak Hill is closed to the general public.

Mickelson, who won the British Open, also was in town to practice at the course on Monday with his caddie Bones Mackay and short-game coach Dave Pelz. After a few practice rounds, Mickelson will head off to Akron, Ohio to compete in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this weekend.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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