Baltusrol Golf Club Lower Course

Jul 22, 2016 | 10:04 am

Look Ahead to Baltusrol

All eyes are shifting to New Jersey, where the 2016 PGA Championship will take place at Baltusrol Golf Club. Although the course plays as a par 72 for members, two par fives on the front nine will play as par fours during the tournament. The “new” par 70 layout only has two par fives on holes 17 and 18. The penultimate hole will only be reachable for the long hitters at 649 yards, but the final hole will play a reachable 554 yards. Should we expect to see drama similar to Royal Troon earlier this month? We can only hope.

Now, on to picking winners. Co-favorites for the event according to the Vegas betting houses are Day, McIlroy, and Johnson. Out of those, we have to pick Jason Day. McIlroy hasn’t shown top form at all this year and Johnson, while playing well, isn’t the best scrambler out of the three—a necessary skill at Balty. Our Dark Horse pick goes to Patrick Reed. Although he hasn’t contended in a major before, his T-12 finish at the Open represents a personal best in the majors and a nice boost to his confidence.

Who do you think will win this PGA Championship? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jul 21, 2016 | 06:25 am

Air Bubba

Along with all the other unique things about Bubba Watson—including, but not limited to, his swing, his pink clubs, and his excitement about playing in the Olympics—is an imagination that goes beyond his game. The two-time Masters champion has teamed up with one of his sponsors, Oakley, to create an aerial alternative to the golf cart: a jetpack golf cart. Called “BW-Air,” it offers advantages like speed, bird’s-eye views, and, as Bubba himself says, a solo ride so you don’t have to listen to your cart partner brag about his great shot on the last hole. In fact, we’ll let Bubba tell you all about it in this very cool video and on this website.

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Jul 20, 2016 | 08:30 am

Whole Lotta Love

Here's your first look at Davis Love III's renovation of the Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, which will open in October. It's now called Atlantic Dunes and the modernization is a huge improvement over the previous layout, which was the island's first course when it opened in the early '60s. 
Love and lead architect Scot Sherman have fashioned entirely rebuilt holes to accommodate modern shot values and frame scenic corridors, according to a press release. Accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses, the course benefits both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes that blend nicely into the design. Love's team also installed tens of thousands of indigenous plants in these areas to complete the seaside feel. The turf is a blend of cutting-edge grasses matching the superior strains at the Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye.
 “Sea Pines is one of my all-time favorite places to play and visit so we’re excited the redesign will be in line with the great golf offered by Harbour Town and Heron Point,” says Love, a five-time winner of the RBC Heritage.
Adds Cary Corbitt, vice president of sports and operations at Sea Pines: “Once it opens in October, few resorts anywhere in the world will offer 54 holes this good.”

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Jul 19, 2016 | 08:44 am

Major Nations

With his victory at Royal Troon, Henrik Stenson becomes the first Swede to win a major championship, and Sweden becomes the 19th nation to be represented on the list of majors winners. Since the first Open Championship at Prestwick in 1860, a total of 438 majors have been played (80 Masters, 116 U.S. Opens, 145 Open Championships, and 97 PGA Championships), won by 214 players. The great majority of them—263 titles—belong to 125 Americans. Next come the Scots with 55 victories by 31 players (although none in this century and most of them in the 19th century). Then it’s the English—44 majors by 21 players—followed by South Africa (22 by 7 players) and Australia (17 by 11). Jack Nicklaus has thus won more majors than all but four countries. Along with Stenson, the other one-and-done nations are Canada (Mike Weir), France (Arnaud Massy), South Korea (Y.E. Yang), and Wales (Ian Woosnam) while three nations can claim  one player who has taken three titles: Fiji (Vijay Singh), Ireland (Padraig Harrington), and Zimbabwe (Nick Price.)

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