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The Legend of Baggy Pants – Phil Mickelson Becomes Golf’s Oldest Major Champion

Quick! Someone get Stephen Spielberg on the line! Or if he’s not available James Cameron! It’s a blockbuster, I tell ya! Marvel Studios will need ten Avengers franchises to match it. Bill it as a sequel to Follow the Sun, that Ben Hogan movie. We can call it Over the Moon or The Legend of Baggy Pants or just The Greatest Golf Game Ever Played, but Phil Mickelson...

The Calm Before the Storm at Kiawah Island

Night has fallen at Kiawah Island, and an almost reverent hush has descended over the dunes. Gone is the hoopla, the circus, the whoop and crash. The course now belongs to the bobcats, the sea turtles, the rolling ocean and the inexorable breezes. Come tomorrow it will howl a hurricane…inside the ropes that is. Al the buzz is Phil Mickelson, who leads the 103rd PGA...

Remembering Pete and Alice Dye on the Occasion of a Course Hosting Their First Posthumous Major Championship

I had to hold back a teardrop or two as I wrote the ledes for my PGA Championship previews this year. This week’s tournament at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has hosted a major golf championship since the great man passed away in January of 2020. And although the golf world rejoices at our collective slow but, steady...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Pete Dye, PGA Championship, and Kiawah Island Article

Golf Course Trades just published my article on Pete Dye and Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Right on time! Enjoy the piece, everybody. From the article: “They bought the Kiawah land in 1988,” Pete told me, “and they looked at me, and I looked at the swamp they bought, and they said, ‘We’re gonna have the Ryder Cup here in two years!’ and I said, ‘Well you must...

The Roar-y Returns, McIlroy Seeks Another Major at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

We were having a fine run-up to this, the 103rd PGA Championship, even before Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade TP5x golf ball tumbled into the cup at the 72nd hole of the Quail Hollow Championship two weeks ago. Nearly all of golf’s young gun stars and marquis names had won since the turn of the year:  Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Brooks...

Twisting in the Wind – Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course Should Produce Mercurial Scoreboard

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Dappled sunshine off the lapping ocean waves or a howling gale bending flagsticks to their near-breaking point? Which Kiawah Island Ocean Course will we see for the 2021 PGA Championship? The windless one that surrendered a winning score of 22-under to Colin Montgomerie at the 1997 World Cup (and Alex Cejka and Per-Ulrik Johansson shot 63 and 64...

Odds to Win the 2021 PGA Championship

We’ll be reporting all week with 2x daily reports starting Tuesday from the PGA Championship for Golf News Net. In the meantime, he are the odds to win the 2021 PGA at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course: Rory McIlroy +1000 10/1 Jon Rahm +1200 12/1 Justin Thomas +1200 12/1 Dustin Johnson +1200 12/1 Jordan Spieth +1400 14/1 Bryson DeChambeau +1400 14/1 Brooks...

Morikawa Cowabunga! Kid Slays Vets at 2020 PGA Championship

There were former major champions, seasoned veterans, and long bombers dominating the leaderboard all week, but it was a kid from Cal who swooped in with a final round 64 to win the 102nd PGA Championship at San Francisco’s Harding Park Golf Coursed. 23 year-old Collin Morikawa finished 13-under for the week, good enough for a two stroke win over 2016 U.S. Open...

Thrilling Climax – Closing Stretch at Harding Park Could See Wild Swings

Usually a truly great golf course builds to a crescendo, with its 18th hole being a grand summation of all that came before. Winged Foot, Oakland Hills, Pinehurst No. 2, Pebble Beach – each of those all-World finishing stretches has one thing in common – stern challenge. Sometimes, however, a course can offer a softer finish. Cypress Point, ending on two diminutive...

Li Leads, but Koepka Lurks at 2020 PGA Championship Halfway Point

At 8-under China’s Haotong Li is your surprise leader at the halfway point of the 2020 PGA Championship at San Francisco’s Harding Park, but two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka is part of a six man log-jam tied for second just two shots back. Playing in early warm and windless conditions, Li fired a 65, then took a break of less than an hour before returning to...

Roars? What Roars? Silent, Crowdless 2020 PGA Championship Has Players Non-plussed

Roars? What Roars? Silent, Crowdless 2020 PGA Championship Has Players Non-plussed —“Oh, you should see the Coliseum, Spaniard. 50,000 Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike, and the noise afterwards, it rises up like storm, as if you were the Thunder God himself.” -Proximo—...

Not so Hard-ing Park Surrenders Record Scores at 2020 PGA Championship

2015 PGA Champion Jason Day and journeyman pro Brendan Todd each fired 5-under 65s in round one of the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park for a one shot lead over a gaggle on nine players that includes two-time defending PGA Champion Brooks Koepka, as well as former major champions Martin Kaymer, Zach Johnson and Justin Rose. Tiger Woods stands three back at 2...

Where to Play in Northern California While the Pros Play Harding Park

My golf buddy Ector and his wife Marta are in NoCal this week and brought their golf clubs with them from L.A. I played Casa de Campo with Ector, and had a blast. He’s one of those guys that you don’t care what he shoots, because he’s so much fun to play with, (even though he shoots 120). It also helped watching his eyes widen with wonder as I showed him around all...

Koepka Feels Ready for PGA Championship 3-Peat at Harding Park

Back in 1974 while covering Super Bowl VIII, writer Hunter S. Thompson discovered that all he had to do to make deadline was to take the Super Bowl article he wrote the previous year, change the name of the losing team from “Washington Redskins” to “Minnesota Vikings,” and fax it in to Rolling Stone. The Miami Dolphins slowly strangled both teams in almost identical...