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Running PGA Championship Thread ...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Claws for Concern, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Figured I'd start one thread today that doesn't have to talk about Barry Bonds ... unless someone starts talking about PGA players and drug testing.

    As for the tournament itself, Tiger and Phil are getting the attention because this is their last shot at a major tournament victory in 2007 (as if the others on the PGA Tour aren't in the same boat). Wouldn't it be great if we actually have a year in which neither Tiger or Phil wins a major? I think that helps golf more in the long run. The more guys with a major title, the better.

    Also, where's Freelance Hack to start a PGA Championship pool for SportsJournalists.com members?

    I haven't made a prediction yet for who I think will win this week at Southern Hills, but I'll have it on this thread before they tee off on Thursday morning.
     
  2. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    The weather should make this even more interesting. Tulsa is projected to clear 100 degrees for each of the next four days.
     
  3. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    Well, then I guess John Daly and Tim Herron should be the favorites
     
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'd take a flyer on Verplank for the local-guy angle and Jerry Kelly as an all-around-tough SOB not likely to whine about the heat.

    Hope the spectators are OK though. Really sounds like a miserable weekend.
     
  5. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Much like the heat, I wonder if the PGA Championship suffers as a major because it's in the month of August.

    The Masters has the excitement of being first and it's at Augusta National.
    The U.S. Open offers a chance for people to qualify and its course is always a story.
    The British Open offers a lot with the links courses and the elements.
    PGA Championship ... is the last of the four majors.
     
  6. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    To note, here's a list of the PGA head professionals who will tee it up this week:

    Bill Amundsen -- Black River Falls, Wis.
    Ryan Benzel -- Bothell, Wash.
    Greg Bisconti -- South Salem, N.Y.
    Kevin Burton -- Boise, Idaho
    Matt Call -- Castle Rock, Colo.
    Bob Gaus -- St. Louis, Mo.
    Scott Hebert -- Traverse City, Mich.
    Brad Lardon -- Bryan, Texas
    Bob McGrath -- San Jose, Calif.
    Kelly Mitchum -- Southern Pines, N.C.
    John O'Leary -- Reston, Va.
    Micah Rudosky -- Cortez, Colo.
    Phil Schmitt -- Baton Rouge, La.
    Matt Seitz -- Hutchinson, Kan.
    Butch Sheehan -- Rancho Mirage, Calif.
    Mike Small -- Champaign, Ill.
    Chip Sullivan -- Troutville, Va.
    Tim Thelen -- College Station, Texas
    Erik Wolf -- Palm Desert, Calif.
    Don Yrene -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
     
  7. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Here's the entire PGA Championship field (as of 8/8/07) from www.pgatour.com and even the alternates are listed:

    ALLENBY, Robert -- AUSTRALIA
    AMES, Stephen -- CANADA
    AMUNDSEN, William -- Black River Falls, Wis.
    APPLEBY, Stuart -- AUSTRALIA
    AUSTIN, Woody -- Derby, Kan.
    AXLEY, Eric -- Knoxville, Tenn.
    BADDELEY, Aaron -- AUSTRALIA
    BATEMAN, Brian -- Monroe, La.
    BEEM, Rich -- Austin, Texas
    BENZEL, Ryan -- Seattle, Wash.
    BISCONTI, Gregory -- South Salem, N.Y.
    BJORN, Thomas -- DENMARK
    BRIER, Markus -- AUSTRIA
    BROOKS, Mark -- Ft. Worth, Texas
    BRYANT, Bart -- Windermere, Fla.
    BURTON, Kevin -Boise, Idaho
    BYRD, Jonathan -- Sea Island, Ga.
    CABRERA, Angel -- ARGENTINA
    CALCAVECCHIA, Mark -- Phoenix, Ariz.
    CALL, Matt -- Castle Rock, Colo.
    CAMPBELL, Chad -- Colleyville, Texas
    CAMPBELL, Michael -- NEW ZEALAND
    CASEY, Paul -- ENGLAND
    CHOI, K.J. -- KOREA
    CHOPRA, Daniel -- SWEDEN
    CINK, Stewart -- Duluth, Ga.
    CLARKE, Darren -- NORTHERN IRELAND
    CLARK, Tim -- SOUTH AFRICA
    COCERES, Jose -- ARGENTINA
    CURTIS, Ben -- Stow, Ohio
    DALY, John -- Dardanelle, Ark.
    DIMARCO, Chris -- Heathrow, Fla.
    DONALD, Luke -- ENGLAND
    DOUGHERTY, Nick -- ENGLAND
    DREDGE, Bradley -- WALES
    DUKE, Ken -- Palm City, Fla.
    DURANT, Joe -- Molina, Fla.
    DYSON, Simon -- ENGLAND
    EDFORS, Johan -- SWEDEN
    ELKINGTON, Steve -- AUSTRALIA
    ELS, Ernie -- SOUTH AFRICA
    FASTH, Niclas -- SWEDEN
    FLESCH, Steve -- Union, Ky.
    FUNK, Fred -- Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
    FURYK, Jim -- Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
    GARCIA, Sergio -- SPAIN
    GAUS, Robert -- St. Louis, Mo.
    GLOVER, Lucas -- Greenville, S.C
    GOOSEN, Retief -- SOUTH AFRICA
    GOYDOS, Paul -- Dove Canyon, Calif.
    GREEN, Nathan -- AUSTRALIA
    GREEN, Richard -- AUSTRALIA
    HAMILTON, Todd -- Westlake, Texas
    HANSEN, Anders -- DENMARK
    HANSEN, Soren -- DENMARK
    HANSON, Peter -- SWEDEN
    HARRINGTON, Padraig -- IRELAND
    HAVRET, Gregory -- FRANCE
    HEBERT, Scott -- Traverse City, Mich.
    HENRY, J.J. -- Ft. Worth, Texas
    HERRON, Tim -- Wayzata, Minn.
    HOFFMAN, Charley -- Las Vegas, Nev.
    HOWELL, III, Charles -- Orlando, Fla.
    HOWELL, David -- ENGLAND
    IMADA, Ryuji -- JAPAN
    IMMELMAN, Trevor -- SOUTH AFRICA
    JACQUELIN, Raphael -- FRANCE
    JAIDEE, Thongchai -- THAILAND
    JIMENEZ, Miguel Angel -- SPAIN
    JOHNSON, Zach -- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    KARLSSON, Robert -- SWEDEN
    KATAYAMA, Shingo -- JAPAN
    KELLY, Jerry -- Madison, Wis.
    KIM, Anthony -- Dallas, Texas
    LARDON, Brad -- College Station, Texas
    LEANEY, Stephen -- AUSTRALIA
    LEHMAN, Tom -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
    LEONARD, Justin -- Dallas, Texas
    LIANG, Wen Chong -- CHINA
    LICKLITER II, Frank -- Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
    LOVE III, Davis -- Sea Island, Ga.
    MACKENZIE, Will -- Jupiter, Fla.
    MAHAN, Hunter -- Plano, Texas
    MATTESON, Troy -- Buford, Ga.
    MAYFAIR, Billy -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
    McGINLEY, Paul -- IRELAND
    McGRATH, Bob -- San Jose, Calif.
    MEDIATE, Rocco -- Naples, Fla.
    MICHEEL, Shaun -- Memphis, Tenn.
    MICKELSON, Phil -- Rancho Santa Fe,
    MITCHUM, Kelly -- Southern Pines, N.
    MONTGOMERIE, Colin -- SCOTLAND
    MOORE, Ryan -- Puyallup, Wash.
    OBERHOLSER, Arron -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
    OGILVIE, Joe -- Austin, Texas
    OGILVY, Geoff -- AUSTRALIA
    O'HAIR Sean -- Lubbock, Texas.
    OíHERN, Nick -- AUSTRALIA
    OLAZABAL, Jose Maria -- SPAIN
    O'LEARY -- John -- Reston, Va.
    PAMPLING, Rod -- AUSTRALIA
    PAVIN, Corey -- Dallas, Texas
    PEREZ, Pat -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
    PERNICE, JR., Tom -- Murietta, Calif.
    PERRY, Kenny -- Franklin, Ky.
    POULTER, Ian -- ENGLAND
    PURDY, Ted -- Phoenix, Ariz.
    QUIGLEY, Brett -- Barrington, R.I.
    QUINNEY, Jeff -- Scottsdale, Ariz.
    RANDHAWA, Jyoti -- INDIA
    ROLLINS, John -- Colleyville, Texas
    ROMERO, Andres -- ARGENTINA
    ROSE, Justin -- ENGLAND
    RUDOSKY, Micah -- Cortez, Colo.
    SABBATINI, Rory -- SOUTH AFRICA
    SCHMITT, Phil -- Baton Rouge, La.
    SCHWARTZEL, Charl -- SOUTH AFRICA
    SCOTT, Adam -- AUSTRALIA
    SEITZ, Matthew -- Hutchinson, Kan.
    SENDEN, John -- AUSTRALIA
    SHEEHAN, Butch -- Rancho Mirage, Calif.
    SINGH, Jeev Milkha -- INDIA
    SINGH, Vijay -- FIJI
    SLOCUM, Heath -- Alpharetta, Ga.
    SLUMAN, Jeff -- Hinsdale, Ill.
    SMALL, Mike -- Champaign, Ill.
    SNEDEKER, Brandt -- Sea Island, Ga.
    STENSON, Henrik -- SWEDEN
    STERNE, Richard -- SOUTH AFRICA
    STORM, Graeme -- ENGLAND
    STRICKER, Steve -- Madison, Wis.
    SULLIVAN, Chip -- Troutville, Va.
    SUTHERLAND, Kevin -- Sacramento, Calif.
    TANIGUCHI, Toru -- JAPAN
    TAYLOR, Vaughn -- Augusta, Ga.
    THELEN, Tim -College Station, Texas
    TOMS, David -- Shreveport, La.
    TRAHAN, D.J. -- Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
    TWAY, Bob -- Edmond, Okla.
    VAN PELT, Bo -- Tulsa, Okla.
    VERPLANK, Scott -- Edmond, Okla.
    VILLEGAS, Camilo -- COLOMBIA
    WALL, Anthony -- ENGLAND
    WATNEY, Nick -- Fresno, Calif.
    WATSON, Bubba -- Bagdad, Fla.
    WATSON, Denis -- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
    WEEKLEY, Boo -- Milton, Fla.
    WEIR, Mike --- CANADA
    WESTWOOD, Lee --- ENGLAND
    WETTERICH, Brett -- Jupiter, Fla.
    WILSON, Dean -- Kaneohe, Hawaii
    WILSON, Mark -- Chicago, Ill.
    WOLF, Erik -- Palm Desert, Calif.
    WOODS, Tiger --- Windermere, Fla.
    YANG, Yong-Eun -- KOREA
    YRENE, Don -- Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Alternates:
    1. GAY, Brian -- Windermere, Fla. (93)
    2. MARINO, Steve -- Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (94)
    3. DAVIS, Brian -- ENGLAND (95)
    4. ESTES, Bob -- Austin, Texas (96)
    5. FRAZAR, Harrison -- Dallas, Texas (97)
    6. MALLINGER, John -- Long Beach, Calif. (99)
    7. LONARD, Peter -- AUSTRALIA (100)
     
  8. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    This is Tiger's tournament all the way giving his last tournament, his hunger for majors and his physical condition. He's one guy who won't wilt in the heat.
     
  9. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Heat index pushing 110.

    And I'm heading into this 7th Circle of Hell tomorrow... Normally, I like walking courses that host major championships. The TV will take me around Southern Hills.

    On this subject, I'm taking suggestions on edible places for dinner. Any of you folks either from these here parts or who visit on Tulsa University related happenings, please start firing off places that will make these four days easier.

    Threadjack over.
     
  10. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Here are my picks:

    Want to see him win: Stewart Cink, Rocco Mediate or Chad Campbell (he had to watch Shaun Micheel make that once in a lifetime shot and wrap up the PGA Championship a few years ago).

    Needs to win: Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III

    Would love to see a win by: Any of the 20 PGA head professionals, Andres Romero

    Should win: Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els or Retief Goosen.
     
  11. The PGA does suffer with the August date, but it's still mostly played at incredible venues and the course set up is fair for scoring. Another drawback is CBS's bullshit marketing of "Glory's Last Shot." How hokie is that?

    The idea behind the tournament is the rotating venue and the idea of having professionals do what they do best...score. That's not to say that the PGA compares to the US Open. The US Open is about finding the planet's best golfer under adverse conditions and identifying the player that's still grinding with a score around par. The Open Championship is about shot making on a links style golf course, which, unles you've played, is hard to understand the difference. Augusta is about tradition and putting.

    The PGA would do itself some good to continue at great venues with favorable setups.
     
  12. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    There's a story on pgatour.com about Jim Furyk and how he's feeling good enough to play this week. I hope so because if he plays, as long as the back doesn't give him problems, he's a contender.
     
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