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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...

The Crucial Holes at Quail Hollow Club for the 2017 PGA Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – You have to love Jim Furyk. He shoots from the lip. When asked about the changes to Quail Hollow Club for the 99th PGA Championship, he had the perfect laconic reply. “One could be the toughest opening hole in golf. It actually looks like a really nice par-5 to me, but for some reason they put par-4 on the card,” he deadpanned. See what I mean...

The Heroes of the Formative Years of the PGA Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – Like an archaeologist wide-eyed with wonder as he finally deciphers ancient hieroglyphics on a graven monument, so too was I mesmerized by the photos on the walls of venerable Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio. They depicted a more civilized age, the heady halcyon time during which the PGA Championship was born, an Interwar America hurtling...

The PGA Championship Quail Hollow – You’ll Play Better Courses Than the Pros This Week

Question: What do you do when you want to build a huge buzz for your golf course, but its design is only pretty good, not truly great? Answer: GOODIE BAGS! If there’s one superlative you can say about Quail Hollow Club, the swag is terrific. If there’s two, well… CRICKET! CRICKET! CRICKET! The pros, the PGA of America, and the club’s guests love Quail Hollow. At its...

One and Done? More One-hit Wonders win at PGA Championship Than Other Majors

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – As night falls at Baltusrol and the forest-draped mountain is shrouded by low clouds, the waning crescent moon shines feebly in the overcast sky. Finally, the promised rain came, just a thin shower, but I was too late. Against all predictions, the 2016 PGA Championship finished on time Sunday night. Inside the clubhouse amber lights burn cheerfully...

The Longest Shot – Club Pro Ed Furgol Wins the 1954 U.S. Open at Baltusrol

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – —“I didn’t win despite my handicap, but because of it – just as Hogan came back from that automobile accident, and Babe Zaharias came back from a cancer operation. — Ed Furgol after winning The 1954 U.S. Open at Baltusrol At precisely 9 o’clock the sun went down with a last vermillion flash behind old Baltus Mountain, and a wave of...

Stop the Madness! How to Keep Tour Pros From Shooting 20-under and Endless 63s at Majors

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Right on cue, Baltusrol did what it always does at major golf championships – surrender a record low score. Sometimes it’s an immortal that does it – such as Jack Nicklaus or Phil Mickelson. Sometimes, however, it’s a journeyman who comes out of nowhere – Lee Janzen or Thomas Bjorn leap to mind. Each of those four men set either an all-time in...