Aug 17, 2015 | 10:21 am

To Fight Another Day?

As exciting as this year’s major championships were, there was a certain monotony to them. To wit: At the Masters, Jordan Spieth was in the final group, while Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen were paired together seven groups back. At the U.S. Open, Day was in the final group with Dustin Johnson (who was four groups back at Augusta), Spieth was with Branden Grace one group back, and Oosthuizen was two back. At the Open Championship, Oosthuizen with in the last group with Day and Spieth one back. And yesterday at the PGA, Day and Spieth were in the last group with Grace one back. If that wasn't enough, we're probably going to see these great players together again, since they’ll all be competing in The Presidents Cup in seven weeks’ time, with other top names including Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, and Rickie Fowler for the U.S. team, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, and Danny Lee for the International team. Also, since Presidents Cup captains use an alternate-draw format when creating matches, don’t be surprised to see Spieth and Day walking up the fairway side-by-side again in the final match.

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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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