Category: PGA Championship


September 17, 2013

Bethpage Black to host 2024 Ryder Cup and 2019 PGA Championship

Posted at 10:27 AM by Coleman McDowell
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(The opening hole at Bethpage Black, ranked No. 23 in Golf Magazine's Top 100 U.S. Course Rankings and No. 36 in the Top 100 World Course Rankings. Photo by Evan Schiller)

After the 2009 U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson fully advocated the idea of a Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black.

"The people here are incredible, and I just keep thinking that this is like the ideal spot to hold the Ryder Cup," he said. "First of all, the course is terrific, because 16, 17 and 18 are so close together. And the way the fans are, I think we would have a big advantage."

He'll get his wish in 2024.

In a press conference held onsite at Bethpage Black in Long Island, N.Y., the PGA of America announced the 2024 Ryder Cup and 2019 PGA Championship would be held on the historic public track.

"One of the reasons we feel so good about the PGA Championship, is that it's a great golf course. But there is so much room, so much space and so much land. That element is unbelievable exciting," said PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua.

"New York State loves golf," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The cherry on the cake is that this is at Bethpage, as they refer to it as the People's Country Club."

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The players won't have the option to "Tee It Forward" and will face every inch of the 7,468-yard Black Course, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1936. The course features a famous sign near the first tee that offers a forboding message for 20-handicaps (see right), but the course is public and can be played by any golfer.

The venue has previously hosted two majors. Tiger Woods won the '02 U.S. Open and was the only player under par for the championship with a winning score of -3. Lucas Glover took the wet and muddy '09 U.S. Open with a winning score of -4. Mickelson was second in both events. 

"This is one of the greatest venues in America. I can’t imagine this isn’t a place where the PGA will want to come back for decades and decades," Bevacqua said. "And to be able to bring two of the most popular events in golf, two of the most exciting events in sports, the PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup to Bethpage State Park, it's amazing to think about that."

Future PGA Championship venues

2014- Valhalla Golf Club

2015- Whistling Straits 

2016- Baltustrol Golf Club 

2017- Quail Hollow Club

2018- Bellerive Country Club

Future Ryder Cup venues

2014- Gleneagles (Perthshire, Scotland)

2016- Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn.)

2018- Le Golf National (Paris, France)

2020- Whistling Straits (Kohler, Wisconsin) 

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September 06, 2013

PGA to move 2016 Championship due to Olympics

Posted at 11:18 AM by Coleman McDowell

53389131(Phil Mickelson won the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, site of the 2016 PGA. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

If it wasn't already close enough to the British Open, the PGA Championship is moving back into July in 2016. 

Due to golf's return to the 2016 Olympics, the PGA of America will have to vacate its traditional spot in mid-August and move its championship to the final week of July, according to Bloomberg.com.

“I’m 99 percent certain that’s when it will be,” said chief executive officer of the PGA of America Pete Bevacqua.

The 2016 PGA Championship will be hosted at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J, No. 51 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 World Rankings.

“It’s a better time to host a major championship,” he said of the late July date. “More people are around and in the swing of things. Less people are on their summer vacations. We think it’s actually going to work out to our advantage.”

The 2016 Olympics will be held August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

August 29, 2013

Check out Bradley's new Howard Stern wedge

Posted at 4:30 PM by Pete Madden

2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley delighted fans of The Howard Stern Show today, posting a photo of his wedge with "Baba Booey" engraved on the clubhead.

The phrase is at the center of a polarizing issue among tour players -- Bradley, a longtime fan of the show, and fellow PGA Champion Jason Dufner have embraced its ever-increasing use, while other players, most notably Ian Poulter, hate when fans scream "Baba Booey!," "Mashed potatoes!" or "Get in the hole!" after a player hits his tee shot.

There's at least one thing those three should be able to agree on: no one could have predicted that Howard Stern would leave his mark ... good or bad ... on golf.

August 13, 2013

Bethpage to get '24 Ryder Cup, '19 PGA Championship

Posted at 11:09 AM by Scooby Axson

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The 2024 Ryder Cup and the 2019 PGA Championship will be held at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., according to Golf Week.

Bethpage Black, No. 36 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, previously hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens.

“I think taking a major sporting event like the Ryder Cup to what I would arguably say is the greatest sports city in the United States in New York would be a phenomenal combination,” Ted Bishop, the PGA of America’s president, said. “It’s a mammoth venue, and you’ve got a lot of possibilities for infrastructure and being able to handle crowds and the stadium-golf concept. I could give you 100 reasons why I think Bethpage certainly is very high on our radar as it relates to a Ryder Cup.”

Even though the PGA has not made an offical announcement, Bishop said the Bethpage news wasn't leaked by the organization.

“The PGA of America would not make any kind of a major announcement that would upstage any of one of our major championship partners or the PGA Tour, it’s not the right way to do things," Bishop told the Back 9 Network Radio. "I am insulted that anyone would think that.”

Phil Mickelson finished second both times the U.S. Open were last held at Bethpage and said recently that it would be an incredible idea to have the Ryder Cup there. Next year's Ryder Cup will be held September 26–28 at Glenagles Scotland. 

“I think that will give the U.S. side a distinct advantage,” he said. “I love it. I’ve been quietly hoping it would go there for years. It’s a perfect site.”

 

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

August 11, 2013

Fans pick pin position near water on 15 for PGA

Posted at 10:55 AM by Golf.com

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 10, 2013

Live Coverage of Round 4 of the PGA Championship

Posted at 8:01 PM by Golf.com

Golf.com will live-blog the final round of the PGA Championship, beginning with the final group at 2:55 Eastern.

Mobile users can follow along here: http://bit.ly/17HdXni

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The 5 best little-known moments in PGA Championship history

Posted at 1:09 PM by Joe Passov

Many special memories define each of the anniversary PGAs over the past 50 years. Some, however, are more obscure than others. Here’s what to take away from the 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003 PGA Championships.

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AP Photo

1963: Jack Nicklaus wins his first PGA at the steamy Dallas Athletic Club, and refuses to hoist the trophy. As Nicklaus recalled in 1969, “I don’t believe we had one afternoon where the temperature stayed below 110 degrees. Away from the course, I didn’t leave my hotel room except for meals.”

Needing only a bogey 5 to clinch the title at the 72nd hole, Nicklaus one-putted for par to win by two. He remembered, “The PGA trophy had been toasting in the sun in front of the clubhouse the whole day. It was so hot that if you touched it you would have blistered your fingers. I left it alone during the presentation ceremonies. The moment they were over, I made a beeline for the clubhouse with the security officer assigned to me. A couple of steps from the door, the poor fellow collapsed from heat exhaustion.”

1973: Jack Nicklaus breaks Bobby Jones’ record for most major victories -- or did he? The lasting image of this PGA at Canterbury was Jack’s favorite photo -- of 4-year-old son Gary leaping into his arms after he holed out on 18 after the second round. Few recall Nicklaus’s drama-free, four-shot win over Bruce Crampton. Instead, the event was embraced as the one where Jack achieved 14 majors -- one more than his idol, Bobby Jones.

A closer look at Nicklaus’ feat, however, muddies the picture. Jones’ record was compiled when the U.S. and British Amateurs were considered majors, alongside the U.S. and British Opens. Nicklaus’ 1973 total: four Masters, three U.S. Opens, two British Opens and three PGA Championships. Oops, that adds up to 12. However, Nicklaus captured two U.S. Amateurs, in 1959 and 1961, just about the time that their status as majors was fading -- but still in the gray zone. Sometime over the next few years, Jack’s U.S. Ams were dropped from his major total -- though Jack’s not so sure they should have been. Either way, most now agree that Tiger is chasing 18, not 20.

1983: Sure, this was Hal Sutton’s year. He won the Players Championship and looked to be a lock at Riviera, after taking a 5-shot lead over, yes, Jack Nicklaus, with six holes to play. Sutton proceeded to bogey 13, 14 and 15, while Nicklaus birdied 14 and 16 to pull within one. Sutton, however, steadied himself and Jack failed to birdie the par-5 17th, allowing Sutton to hang on by one after parring the rugged 18th.

What you didn’t know was that Nicklaus didn’t lose it on Sunday; rather he felt that a double-bogey at 18 on the first day, leading to a 73 cost him the event. What motivated Jack to get right back into the tournament, courtesy of a second-round 65? A famous sportswriter, Jim Murray, wrote an obituary of “Jack Nicklaus, golfer” in Friday’s L.A. Times, following Jack’s mediocre first round. “I still believe it was this colorful write-off that inspired me to shoot 65 the next day,” Jack wrote in 1997. “Like my closing 66, it wasn’t quite good enough, but Jim’s witty and heartfelt resurrection of me in Monday’s edition of the paper was some consolation.” So the “Nicklaus is done” story that appeared in an Atlanta newspaper before the 1986 Masters wasn’t the first time that Jack had been spurred to action.

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1993: Greg Norman was inches away from two straight majors—and revenge from his stunning 1986 Inverness loss to Bob Tway, but that’s not what we’ll remember. Paul Azinger and Norman waged an exhausting duel, with Zinger birdieing four of the last seven holes for a back nine 30. Norman edged the cup at the 72nd, then power-lipped it at the third playoff hole to lose in his usual cruel fashion.

The most memorable image? Zinger lifting the massive PGA Championship trophy, with some difficulty. As it turns out, Zinger’s apparent fatigue turned out to be cancer in his right shoulder blade. He would sit out the next 12 months. The most memorable image that never appeared? As recounted by authors John Companiotte and Catherine Lewis, “Darrell Kestner, a club professional from Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, New York, made headlines Saturday with an improbable double eagle. His wife, Margie, was asked by the PGA of America to carry a video camera around the course to provide amateur footage for a film they were producing. After nine holes, Kestner became worried that the battery would die and asked Margie to turn off the camera. An hour later, he regretted his decision. On the 13th hole, his second shot landed in the hole, making it the first ‘albatross’ in PGA Championship history.”

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2003: We’ve seen dozens of replays of Shaun Micheel’s incredible 175-yard 7-iron at the 72nd hole -- and we never tire of it. The shot was so pure. It skipped three times and skidded, stopping quickly two inches from the hole. His clinching birdie is remembered as one of golf’s great finishes.

Yet, Micheel’s perfect iron might not have been his finest tournament moment. As told in the book, The PGA Championship: The Season’s Final Major, “While on a trip with fellow professional Doug Barron to a TC Jordan Tour event on June 30, 1993, Micheel was sitting in a New Bern, North Carolina, hotel parking lot when he witnessed a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am fly over an embankment and splash into the Neuse River. Not a strong swimmer, he stripped to his boxer shorts, jumped on a concrete wall, and leaped into five feet of water. Micheel rescued Julia O’Neil Gibbs, 76, and Harold Mann, 68, with assistance from two male bystanders who pulled the elderly couple to safety. Micheel may be the only PGA Champion to have been awarded the Sons of Confederate Veterans Award for Bravery.”

 

August 09, 2013

Mickelson summons Harmon for emergency range session

Posted at 11:57 AM by Mike Walker

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Phil Mickelson and caddie Bones Mackay during Mickelson's opening round at the PGA Championship on Thursday (Getty).

Due to a rain delay, Phil Mickelson didn't finish his first round at Oak Hill until almost 8 p.m. Thursday night, but his day wasn't close to over. After finishing at 1-over with a double-bogey on the last hole, Mickelson and his caddie Bones Mackay went straight to the Oak Hill driving range for an emergency fix-it session. According to SBNation, Mackay went over to the Sky Sports booth to grab Mickelson's swing coach Butch Harmon so Harmon could join Mickelson on the range.

Mickelson told ESPN that the session with Harmon was helpful.

"I was working on the exact opposite thing we needed to do; I'm glad I had a few minutes with him," Mickelson said. "I wanted to be able to think about what I want to do tomorrow tonight as opposed to trying to find it in the morning.

"I fought hard. But even when I was making birdies, it didn't feel good. I was fighting to keep it in play. It's starting to feel a little better now. Tomorrow will be a big day."

Mickelson didn't leave the driving range until well after darkness fell on Oak Hill, according to Yahoo Sports:

Daylight vanished, a light rain came, course attendants pulled the placards lined up behind him, swing coach Butch Harmon came and loosened his tie, and still Mickelson fired shot after shot into the darkness.

The rain got heavier, his shirt clinging to him, and still he blasted those iron shots and watched to make sure each one landed where he wanted. He hunched over, he put a hand on his left hip, he twisted and stretched, he lined up two wedges to train his stance. But most of all he stared straight into the ground.

 

August 07, 2013

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.

PGA explains new slogan, and why Oak Hill green speeds are a mystery

Posted at 12:40 PM by Jeff Ritter

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The PGA of America held its annual pre-event press conference late Wednesday morning, and you can tell it's a fairly stress-free week for the powers-that-be when the toughest questions involve the tournament's slogan. "Glory's Last Shot"? Like Shawn Micheel's 7-iron, it's history. Now it's "The Season's Final Major." You can argue whether the new tagline is catchy enough to be marketed effectively, but surely we can all agree on this: it's accurate.

It seems the slogan change came at the "suggestion" of PGA Tour commish Tim Finchem, who no doubt believes there's plenty more glory to be attained each year after the PGA. (FedEx playoffs, anyone?) Here are a few highlights from the talk, which also included an interesting point about green speeds at Oak Hill, which are reportedly far slower than those typically found at the majors. Where are they on the stimpmeter? It will remain a mystery.

Q: I've been coming for over 30 years and enjoyed looking at the sign that says, "PGA Championship: Glory's Last Shot." Now I come in and see it's "The Season's Final Major." What caused the change? Have you had grammar lessons, or what?

Ted Bishop, PGA President: John, you're killing me (laughter). We have had conversations the last few months with the PGA Tour, and one of the questions that we had of Commissioner Finchem and the players was to consider playing the FedExCup in four consecutive weeks the year of The Ryder Cup in 2014. Our captain felt like that it was imperative that our players had a week off prior to The Tour Championship and the beginning of The Ryder Cup, and in exchange, one of the things that Commissioner Finchem asked us to consider was dropping the tag line of Glory's Last Shot. He was very provocative and emphasized the fact that the PGA Championship is the strongest field in major golf; that it stands on its own merits and that there was golf that was played after the PGA Championship, most notably the FedExCup. I think that we feel that our championship does stand on its own merits and there is other golf that's played after this championship, albeit not major golf.

And so that was just one example of some of the many things that I feel like we have been able to work together and accomplish hand in hand with the PGA Tour. I think it was a change that was good for them, and obviously the week off prior to The Ryder Cup, hopefully will be good for our players.

 

Q: Can you tell some of the numbers of the green speed?

Kerry Haigh, PGA of America Chief Championships Officer: Championship speed.

Q: Can you tell me anything you think it could be?

Haigh: It's a speed that's appropriate to the greens that we feel is right. We don't give out a number. To be honest, we don't think that's necessarily good for the overall country clubs out there. I think everyone hear a number and then everyone starts saying, well, we need it at this number. I think all clubs should set at a green speed that is appropriate for their play and the quality of their members and the slope of those greens. Throwing out numbers, I'm just not comfortable.

 (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)





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