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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Aug 06, 2015 | 10:47 am

Food for Thought

Maybe you'll never be able to eat Tiger Woods lunch on the golf course, but you can eat his lunch at his new restaurant in South Florida. Located in a new $150 entertainment and dining complex called Harbourside Place in Jupiter, The Woods Jupiter will open Monday with a lot of hoopla. The nearly 6,000-square-foot, sports-themed restaurant will have outdoor seating and is located right in front of the amphitheater where live music acts play nightly. Woods will also locate his business headquarters in the development, which is right near the Intracoastal Waterway and has marina so people can dock and dine. No telling whether Tiger will attend the opening given that it's the week of the PGA Championship, but since he won't be playing in the FedEx Cup playoffs, unless he wins the PGA, he'll have plenty of time to hang at his newest venture.

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Aug 05, 2015 | 12:24 pm

Team U.S.A.

The opening ceremonies at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, take place one year from today. The only countries that could field more than two players right now are the U.S. on the men's side and the U.S. and Korea on the women's since the top 15 in the world get automatic entries with a limit of four players for a given country. After that, there can only be two players per country not already represented unil the field of 60 is complete (some countries will have only one player), so players ranked as far down as the 334 on the men's side and 605 on the women's will get to play. Right now, the Team U.S.A men would consist of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk, while Chillean Mark Tullo, ranked 334th in the world, would also qualify. U.S. women would be Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, and Cristie Kerr, while Victoria Lovelady from the host country, ranked 605th in the world, would also qualify. That end result would be about 35 countries represented on both the men's and women's side. "Inbee Park said she thinks that if you’re in the top 50 in the world you should be able to play in the Olympics, but if that were the case, you’d only have about 12 countries represented," Ty Votaw, vice-president of the International Golf Federation, tells The Buzz. "I would submit to you that the fourth best sprinter from Jamaica is probably faster than every other athlete in the world except his other teammates but he doesn’t make the Olympics. The Olympics aren’t about all the top players. It’s about having the most amount of countries participate."

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