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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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Aug 10, 2015 | 06:54 AM

This Is Major!

That’s the tagline the PGA of America uses to describe the final major of the year, this week’s PGA Championship, being played at Wisconsin’s spectacular Whistling Straits along Lake Michigan. If this year’s other majors are any indication, number four should be pretty damn exciting. Consider these story lines: Will Rory McIlroy play? Can Jordan Spieth do it again? What about Tiger? Dustin Johnson? Jason Day? And the dozen or so other players who’ve put on amazing performances the last few months? Are we going to look back on 2015 and say this was the year everything changed? You’ll only know if you watch, so here are the TV times.

Thursday, Aug. 13. 2-8 p.m. TNT

Friday, Aug. 14. 2-8 p.m. TNT

Saturday, Aug. 15. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TNT

                               2-7 p.m. CBS

Sunday, Aug. 16. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TNT

                               2-7 p.m. CBS

And if you get CBS Sports Network, it will be running “Clubhouse Reports” after the conclusion of each round, live reports from the practice range before each round, and replays of third- and final-round coverage of past PGA Championships going back to the 1970s Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the big event. As the TV guys like to say, check your local listings.

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Aug 07, 2015 | 06:11 AM

Let Pete Do It!

There seems to be no stopping Pete Dye, who turns 90 on December 29. A few months ago, talking to HotLinks, the digital magazine we create here at LINKS, Pete’s wife and collaborator Alice said they were working on “something like 13 projects including four brand-new 18-hole courses.” We’re not sure what all of those are, but we do know that the Dyes are constructing a new nine-hole, par-36, $6 million addition to their Mystic Rock course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania. Construction recently began, with the new nine scheduled to open for play in summer, 2017. The course will use the naturally rolling terrain, while incorporating large boulders unearthed during construction, and feature undulating greens, big bunkers, and lakes. Said Dye (shown teeing off at the ground-breaking with resort owner Joseph Hardy), “Environmentally, we’ve set this thing up on a mountain like nothing that has ever been done in this state.” And when asked about his approach to the new nine, Dye said, “I am always hoping for bigger and better.” Which means we should be in for a treat.

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