Ups and Downs at The 93rd PGA Championship

by Jeff Skinner

Ups at The PGA…

The PGA website with the on line TNT coverage has been great.  We get to see plenty of golf long before the TV telecast starts.

Keegan Bradley carding the low round of the day and a share of the lead.  Not bad for a rookie.

Steve Stricker felt the pain on 18 and slipped into a tie for 7th.  The good news is that he is still right in the thick of it.

Scott Verplanck goes one under and is T3.  Great story on him about him passing up The Open Championship to caddy for his son in an amateur tournament.  You knew he was that kind of guy.

Cheers to all the Club Professionals that made it into their championship.  These are the guys that really work for a living, not like those touring pros.  And congratulations to Mike Small as the only one to make the cut.

You had to feel good for Ryo Ishikawa.  He followed yesterday’s anomaly (85) with a respectable 72.  It happens to the worst of us and to the best too.

Jim Furyk  jumps 33 slots to a tie for third with a 65.  But he’s wielding a belly putter.  What’s going on here?

Two under 68 for Lee Westwood and he moved up 22 slots and is four back.  He will not go away.

Props to Brandel Chamblee for ripping Tiger on The Golf Channel.  He says “he’s lying to himself” about his swing.  Nice one Brandel.

Downs at The PGA…

Philly Mick was looking good until he drowned one at the eighteenth.  He had it to -2 until a double at the last.  Now you know why he doesn’t like this setup.  But even par isn’t out of this by a long shot.

Tiger Woods is as lost as ever.  I guess we don’t have to worry about that Adam Scott/Tiger Woods pairing.  The good news is he has three months before he plays again.

The eighteenth hole is a downer.  Feherty called it a buzz kill.  It’s more like a round killer: 47 double bogeys or worse, 106 bogeys  and only 19 birds.  That’s no fun at all.

How does contender Jason Day miss the cut after an opening 71?  He goes six over par for his last ten holes that’s how.

It’s official:  Graeme McDowell’s season is a disaster.  He has one top ten all year and has missed the cut in one third of his tournaments.

Some heavy hitters have the weekend off:  AK, Kaymer, Ernie, Ogilvy, DJ, Vijay, and Darren Clarke.


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