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Sunday Odds and Ends from the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black

BETHPAGE, NY – From the home office in lovely Melville, NY, the pearl of the civilized world, it’s… Top 10 Things to do while waiting for this boring nightmare to be over 10. Sit in Long Island Expressway traffic getting to the course 9. Learn how to spell “Janewattananond” 8. Learn to pronounce “Janewattananond.” (HINT: It’s “JA-nuh-WAH- tuh’NAN-ond,” like...

Renan Ozturk on Meru – A Comeback Far Greater than Tiger Woods

[Golf writer to Your Author: “Why are you writing about a mountain? Your Author: “Because it’s there.”] BETHPAGE, NY – The putt that won Tiger Woods his fifth Green Jacket hadn’t even tumbled into the cup before golf media were almost uniformly waxing poetic about “the greatest comeback in sports history!” Let’s get something perfectly straight: Tiger Woods’s...

Bombs Away – Defending Champ Koepka Decimates Bethpage Black, Seizes Early PGA Championship Lead

BETHPAGE, NY – Like a dragon incinerating Daenarys Targaryen’s enemies, a fire-breathing Brooks Koepka scorched Bethpage Black in round one of the PGA Championship with a 7-under 63 and a one shot lead over New Zealand’s Danny Lee. England’s Tommy Fleetwood is in third place, four shots back at 3-under. The rest of the field needs binoculars to see Koepka. The...

The Swing Holes at Bethpage Black for the 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – Much has been made of Bethpage’s brute length, elevated greens, and deep, dangerous, whimsically shaped Rees Jones inkblot bunkering. Most players are convinced this PGA Championship will feel much like a U.S. Open in terms of difficulty, partly because the Black Course hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens before becoming a PGA of America venue for this...

Bombers Paradise? Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson are Favorites at Bethpage Black, 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – The stars are shining brightly on Broadway this week as the reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods, the defending champion Brooks Koepka, and the world’s number player Dustin Johnson all are favorites to win the 101st PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black. While not as relentless as Winged Foot, as penal as Oakmont, or as windy as Pebble Beach...

Golf Architect Rees Jones Discusses Bethpage Black and the 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter. Joe Namath and Bill Parcells. Mark Messier and Mike Bossy. Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing. The Harlem Globetrotters. Bobby Fischer. John McEnroe. If there were ever a Pantheon of New York Sports Immortals, those are names that would forever be enshrined. But who should represent golf as New York’s hero? Sure, they love Phil...

Future Sites of the PGA Championship

With the PGA Championship just two short weeks away, here is a list of future venues. We’ll be at Bethpage Black for the whole week reporting live and doing video and audio spots as well. Best of all, we open the week with an interview with Rees Jones. 2019 – Bethpage State Park, (Black Course) Bethpage, N.Y. 2020 – TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Ca. 2021 –...

Updated PGA Championship Venues – Congressional Added for 2031

The PGA of America, in a move many expected, added Congressional Blue as a PGA Championship venue for 2031. You’ll recall Rory McIlroy set the 36, 54, and 72-hole scoring records, along with the 72 2019 – Bethpage State Park, (Black Course) Bethpage, N.Y. 2020 – TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Ca. 2021 – Kiawah Island (Ocean Course), Kiawah Island, S.C. 2022 –...

The Atomic Dilemma Just Eight Miles Away From Bellerive and the 2018 PGA Championship

Just under eight miles as the crow flies from Bellerive Country Club, site of this week’s 100th PGA Championship, while the golf world celebrates the PGA of America’s centennial anniversary, a far more grave, but just as riveting drama is unfolding. St. Louis was where much of the uranium used in the first atomic bombs was enriched. Although those bombs helped bring...

Remembering Dad – A Letter from the U.S. Open

We celebrate my Dad’s life tomorrow and Thursday, but for today, I thought you all might to reminisce with me in another way. Many Sundays when covering the U.S. Open, I’d write a Father’s Day piece as a letter to Dad. Here’s my favorite… LA JOLLA, CA – [Editor’s Note: Jay wrote this piece in real time, while watching the tournament...

Fear and Loathing at the PGA Championship Vol. 2 – Confessions of a Drunk, Gold-digging, Golfer-banging Dancer

Special to GNN and AWITP by Yale Bluer CHARLOTTE, NC – She had a voice like Foghorn Leghorn and the manners of Yosemite Sam. She’d fake-baked her skin to a brassy orange and streaked her spaghetti-straight hair a metallic gold. She wore ass-high, crack-tight, denim short shorts, wedges, and a scoop top two sizes too tight. She said she was 34, but my guess is she’d...

Justin Thomas Wins 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club, All Golf is Victorious

CHARLOTTE, NC – As we close the books on the 99th PGA Championship and the 2017 golf major championship season in general, there are several broader truths to celebrate than just Justin Thomas taking home the Wanamaker Trophy. Sure, Thomas’s win is an apotheosis of sorts, his elevation to the ranks of golf’s current elite. He’s fulfilled all of the potential and...

Thunderbear Roars – Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen Shares First Round Lead at 99th PGA Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – His name means “Thunderbear” and his golf game rises with the sudden ferocity of a storm. Perhaps the most mercurial young rising star of the European Tour, the lanky Danish player born Jakob Olesen, but who pays professionally under his middle name, “Thorbjorn,” shares the lead in the 99th PGA Championship with the USA’s Kevin Kisner at 4-under. It’s...