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Jul 26, 2016 | 08:42 am

View to a 62

With both Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson firing almost easy-looking 63s at Royal Troon two weeks ago, the golf world seems more overdue than ever for a record-setting 62 in a major championship, and there’s a very good chance it will happen this week. Why? Three reasons. 1) It’s the PGA Championship, where the course set up is traditionally the least severe of the four majors. Of the 29 times a 63 has been posted, 13 have occurred in the PGA compared to 10 in the British Open, 4 in the U.S. Open and 2 in the Masters. 2) The site is Baltusrol, a par-70 and the only major venue that has already yielded three 63s—two by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in the 1980 U.S. Open and the other by Thomas Bjorn in the 2005 PGA. 3) The weather—with heavy rain yesterday and storms forecast for the weekend, there will be no fire in the greens, enabling the best players in the world to go on the attack. 

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Jul 25, 2016 | 06:29 am

PGA Championship Air Times

With every major championship, it seems the television coverage gets more interesting. When CBS shows the PGA Championship from Baltusrol this week, the network will incorporate new whiz-bang technology, beginning with what they call “Smartcart,” a six-foot screen attached to a custom-fitted golf cart that will be used to analyze and “telestrate” swings, shots, hole difficulties, and scorecards. Trackman also will be utilized to show precise detail on shots including distance, height, curvature, speed, and more, while for the first time, a 360-degree camera will focus in on the course and players, with the results shown on CBS Sports’ Facebook page.

The broadcast also will use drones to show features of the golf course, SwingVision for super-slow-motion swing analysis, and animated aerial views of all 18 holes to identify ideal land areas and hazards. And if you have DirecTV, you’ll be able to see live 4K coverage of the iconic par-three 4th hole (above).

Here is the programming schedule for the PGA Championship:

Thursday, July 28      1-7 p.m., TNT

                                       12:35-1:05 a.m. (Friday), CBS, first-round highlights

Friday, July 29           1-7 p.m., TNT

                                      12:35-1:05 a.m. (Saturday), CBS, second-round highlights

Saturday, July 30       11 a.m.-2 p.m., TNT

                                       2-7 p.m., CBS

Sunday, July 31          11 a.m.-2 p.m., TNT

                                       2-7 p.m., CBS

CBS Sports Network also will be on the range on Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m.; broadcast the “Clubhouse Report” every day at 8 p.m.; and air an encore presentation of the third round on Saturday at 9 p.m. and replays of the final round Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday, August 1, at 10 a.m. All times Eastern.

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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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