Aug 14, 2015 | 11:28 am

What Whistling Straits Was

As you’re watching the PGA Championship, you are no doubt marveling at the beautiful, rolling landscape that is Whistling Straits. But according to Herb Kohler, who had the idea of creating the golf course along Lake Michigan, that wasn’t at all what it looked like when he bought the land. “On the northern half [of the property] was a military airport,” he told us while being interviewed for HotLinks, the digital magazine from LINKS. “It was flat as a pancake, but it also had 43 waste dumps, two of which were toxic. On the southern half, still flat as a pancake, it nevertheless was considered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources a wetlands although it had no visible water. But it had aquatic plants. The underlying land was clay and it created a very shallow base that collected water that grew these plants. Also, the coastline was eroding into Lake Michigan. The Army Corps of Engineers convinced the Natural Resources people that if they didn’t let us build a golf course and preserve the embankment, their wetland was going to drain into the lake in about 15 years. We were the first people in Wisconsin with permission to touch a wetland.”

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Aug 13, 2015 | 12:50 pm

Dump Trump?

Despite taking away this year's Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National LA from Donald Trump because of the controversial comments he made about illegal Mexican immigrants, the PGA of America still plans to hold the 2022 PGA Championship on the Old Course at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey (pictured, as well as the 2017 Senior PGA at Trump National Washington D.C. The issue arose when media members noticed the 2022 banner missing among those hanging in the press tent this week at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits trumping, you might say, future sites. But PGA chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua said the media shouldn't read anything into it (we would never do that!). “We are scheduled to go to Trump Bedminster for our PGA Championship in 2022," he said. "It's a wonderful facility. It’s two great golf courses. Obviously, everybody in this room's aware of the situation. And presidential politics, that is something we don't want to get involved in. We're not here to talk about presidential politics. We're certainly here to focus on this year's PGA Championship."

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Aug 12, 2015 | 10:44 am

Tee Party

With 98 of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking in the field, including World No. 1 Rory McIlroy back from injury, the PGA Championship has a lot of excitement around it. Here are some pairings that will definitely be fun to watch as they try to navigate the 5,000 bunkers at Whistling Straits. (Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but there are A LOT of bunkers there; just ask Dustin Johnson.) Just as TNT comes on the air tomorrow at 2pm Eastern (1pm Central), Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott, and Henrik Stenson will tee off, followed by McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Zach Johnson, and then former PGA champs Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson, and Padraig Harrington. Intriguing pairings earlier start at 7:25 through 8:15: Bill Haas, Sergio Garcia, and Louis Oosthuizen; Justin Rose, Geoff Ogilvy, and Brandt Snedeker; Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, and Paul Casey; Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, and Hunter Mahan; Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Dustin Johnson; and former PGA champs Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer, and Keegan Bradley.

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Aug 11, 2015 | 09:29 am

But Wait, There’s More

This week’s PGA Championship may be the season’s last major, but that doesn’t make it the last big golf event. The Presidents Cup tees off from Korea October 8-11 (with the time change, it starts for us the night of Wednesday, October 7, live on Golf Channel). And from September 18-20, the Solheim Cup—pitting teams of top women pros from the U.S. and Europe against each other—will be played at the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Germany. Captains Juli Inkster (U.S.) and Carin Koch (Europe) will lead 12 players each in three days of Ryder Cup-like competition, foursomes and fourballs the first two days, then 12 singles matches on Sunday, broadcast on Golf Channel. The teams are coming together, with four European players already qualified: Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Gwladys Nocera (France), and Charley Hull (above) and Melissa Reid of England. Four more Europeans will make the team on August 24, coming off the Rolex Women’s World Rankings list, then four Captain’s picks announced the next day. The U.S. team will be decided on August 24.

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