Complete Coverage of the 2010 PGA Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2010, 7:45 am
Whistling Straits flag with autographs

August 15, 2010
Watson, Johnson make first Ryder Cup team
Kaymer wins PGA in playoff; Johnson out on penalty
Shag Bag: Watson, D. Johnson make U.S. Ryder Cup team
Third-round leader Watney implodes with 81
Rules violation knocks Johnson out of PGA playoff
Rule on bunkers at Whistling Straits
Woods thinks he could help U.S. Ryder Cup team
Shag Bag: Whistling Straits: A good walk spoiled?
Shag Bag: Mickelson thinks he can get to No. 1
Tiger Tracks: Woods plans to talk to Pavin about Ryder Cup
Tiger Tracks: Woods gearing up for Ryder Cup; still trying out Foley
Shag Bag: Trying to slow things down
Shag Bag: Mickelson gives Fowler thumbs up for Ryder Cup team
Despite Sunday surge Mickelson won't be No. 1
Shag Bag: Surf's up
Young stars look to break through at PGA
Shag Bag: Harmon has Sunday OT
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's putter and more scar tissue
Punch Shots: Who will win the PGA Championship?
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's Ryder Cup scenario
Overton plays final round at PGA in record time
Shag Bag: An unpoven bunch
Shag Bag: A Ryder Cup point in time
Shag Bag: Poulter out at PGA

August 14, 2010
Cink takes advantage of making cut
Hoggard: More on the Line Than a Major
Shag Bag: PGA's not wasting youth on the young
McIlroy, 21, back in hunt for a major title
The Numbers Don't Lie
Watney leads by 3 heading into Sunday at PGA
Lerner: Questions for Sunday
Shag Bag: No post-Open blues for Johnson
Putting woes hamper Woods in Round 3
Shag Bag: Blast from the past
Watney building lead at Whistling Straits
Harrington misses cut, Ryder Cup future in doubt
Shag Bag: Not as suprising as you might think
Shag Bag: Act like you've never been there before
Shag Bag: Head doctor keeps eye on Watney
Shag Bag: Harrington needs Monty's help
Shag Bag: Pavin will lead by 'gut instinct'
Shag Bag: With Woods' promising start, Pavin asked for another Ryder Cup assessment
Shag Bag: Intriguing Ryder Cup subplot in American grouping
Shag Bag: Els, Mickelson lead off third round
Tiger Tracks: Quick lunch and wardrobe change
Watney, Furyk trail Kuchar at PGA Championship
Tiger Tracks: Shades of Pebble Beach
Shag Bag: Quick turnaround at PGA
Tiger Tracks: No bad weather for Woods, PGA
Shag Bag: Second round resumes at Whistling Straits

August 13, 2010
Daly withdraws from PGA Championship
‘That guy’ back in the hunt at PGA Championship
Tiger Tracks: Woods scrambling at PGA
Kuchar, Molder push each other into contention at PGA Championship
Kuchar clubhouse leader at Whistling Straits
Notes: Noh playing fearless in PGA Championship
Tiger Tracks: Woods erratic to begin second round
Hoggard: Cut Line: A Cup Half Empty
Q&A with Sean Foley
Former teammates now in a battle at PGA Championship
Hawkins: Jury Still Out on Whistling Straits
Tiger Tracks: Back to business
Shag Bag: No pressure on Johnson
Shag Bag: Bubba Watson's a workout warrior?
Shag Bag: Mickelson hurries to fix his putting
Shag Bag: Kuchar’s quick recovery
Shag Bag: Stricker hearing hometown roars
Kuchar doesn’t waste time taking lead at PGA
Shag Bag: Delays mount at PGA
Shag Bag: Fog delays Day 2 at PGA Championship

August 12, 2010
Shag Bag: Whistling Straits 'throws' and inspires Kuchar
Shag Bag: Stricker riding strong wave of support
Shag Bag: Big Easy and the Big Cheesy
Tiger Tracks: Woods turns to Foley after 71
Mell: Emotionallly Charged
Hoggard: Stepping in the Right Direction
Tiger Tracks: Woods 3 back at PGA
Shag Bag: Woods, Mickelson skip Ryder Cup soiree
Shag Bag: Bubba's range of emotions
Tiger Tracks: Woods shoots opening-round 71
Shag Bag: Dinner ... then a tee time
Tiger Tracks: Woods cooling off
Tiger Tracks: Fast start for Woods
PGA begins after fog delay, and Woods is among leaders
Tiger Tracks: Woods off to good start
Tiger Tracks: Self-help Woods
Shag Bag: Sacrifices must be made
Shag Bag: Players utilize Twitter to kill time during fog delay
Shag Bag: In a fog

August 11, 2010
Hoggard: Tough Business Picking Major Champs These Days
Mell: Misery Loves Company
Notes: Wisconsin looking for another yearly stop
Monty brushes aside questions about personal life
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's marital problems a non-issue for Ryder Cup
Wisconsin native Stricker the main man this week
Shag Bag: At home or not at home?
Shag Bag: An eye on the Ryder Cup
Numerous sand traps haunt players at Whistling Straits
Tiger Tracks: Pavin denies Golf Channel report; Gray stands by story
Shag Bag: Team time at PGA
Shag Bag: Mickelson's driver key this week
Even at 21, McIlroy among the favorites at PGA
Tiger Tracks: Woods plays delayed practice round alongside Foley
Hawkins: Pavin had no option but to take Tiger

August 10, 2010
Hoggard: As the World Turns
Mickelson prevoides another strange twist to things 
Woods thought he would have hit bottom sooner
Tiger Tracks: Pavin will select Woods for Ryder Cup
Shag Bag: Kelly, Stricker revel in 'Super Major'
Notes: Mosquitoes swarm during PGA practice
Tiger Tracks: A method to the madness?
Shag Bag: Another wild Mickelson news conference
Ryo Ishikawa: a ‘prince’ who wants to rule golf
Prognosis good after Lefty reveals health issue
Frustrated Woods ready to put Firestone debacle behind him
Tiger Tracks: Woods admits working with Foley a ‘possibility’
Mickelson, Stricker have chance to topple Tiger
Shag Bag: Reviews mixed over retooled 18th
No hangover from British Open collapse for Casey
Golf Guy: The Golf Guy falls in love – with sheep – at Whistling Straits
Shag Bag: On the bubble
Tiger Tracks: A new set of eyes
Michigan's Upper Penninsula not too far from Whistling Straits
Korean bbq on menu for PGA Championship dinner

August 9, 2010
Tiger Tracks: Woods may be close to new swing coach
The next major looks like the last one
Hawkins: Reality Check
Shag Bag: A close look at Whistling Straits
Travel Punch Shots: Is Whistling Straits contrived?
Lerner: Beginning of the End?

August 8, 2010
Curious favorite for PGA

August 7, 2010
Heading to PGA, world dominating not Woods
Kohler becomes a big name in world of golf

August 6, 2010
Tee times for the PGA Championship
Westwood pulls out of Firestone and PGA Championship
Hoggard: Q&A with Herb Kohler
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Rahm, with blinders on, within reach of No. 1 at Torrey

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 10:10 pm

SAN DIEGO – The drive over to Torrey Pines from Palm Springs, Calif., takes about two and a half hours, which was plenty of time for Jon Rahm’s new and ever-evolving reality to sink in.

The Spaniard arrived in Southern California for a week full of firsts. The Farmers Insurance Open will mark the first time he’s defended a title on the PGA Tour following his dramatic breakthrough victory last year, and it will also be his first tournament as the game’s second-best player, at least according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

Rahm’s victory last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his second on Tour and fourth worldwide tilt over the last 12 months, propelled the 23-year-old to No. 2 in the world, just behind Dustin Johnson. His overtime triumph also moved him to within four rounds of unseating DJ atop the global pecking order.

It’s impressive for a player who at this point last year was embarking on his first full season as a professional, but then Rahm has a fool-proof plan to keep from getting mired in the accolades of his accomplishments.

“It's kind of hard to process it, to be honest, because I live my day-to-day life with my girlfriend and my team around me and they don't change their behavior based on what I do, right?” he said on Tuesday at Torrey Pines. “They'll never change what they think of me. So I really don't know the magnitude of what I do until I go outside of my comfort zone.”

Head down and happy has worked perfectly for Rahm, who has finished outside the top 10 in just three of his last 10 starts and began 2018 with a runner-up showing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and last week’s victory.

According to the world ranking math, Rahm is 1.35 average ranking points behind Johnson and can overtake DJ atop the pack with a victory this week at the Farmers Insurance Open; but to hear his take on his ascension one would imagine a much wider margin.

“I've said many times, beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task,” Rahm said. “We all know what happened last time he was close to a lead in a tournament on the PGA Tour.”

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Rahm certainly remembers. It was just three weeks ago in Maui when he birdied three of his first six holes, played the weekend at Kapalua in 11 under and still finished eight strokes behind Johnson.

And last year at the WGC-Mexico Championship when Rahm closed his week with rounds of 67-68 only to finish two strokes off Johnson’s winning pace, or a few weeks later at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he took Johnson the distance in the championship match only to drop a 1-up decision to the game’s undisputed heavyweight.

As far as Rahm has come in an incredibly short time - at this point last year he ranked 137th in the world - it is interesting that it’s been Johnson who has had an answer at every turn.

He knows there’s still so much room for improvement, both physically and mentally, and no one would ever say Rahm is wanting for confidence, but after so many high-profile run-ins with Johnson, his cautious optimism is perfectly understandable.

“I'll try to focus more on what's going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win,” he reasoned when asked about the prospect of unseating Johnson, who isn’t playing this week. “I'll try my best, that's for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

If Rahm’s take seems a tad cliché given the circumstances, consider that his aversion to looking beyond the blinders is baked into the competitive cake. For all of his physical advantages, of which there are many, it’s his keen ability to produce something special on command that may be even more impressive.

Last year at Torrey Pines was a quintessential example of this, when he began the final round three strokes off the lead only to close his day with a back-nine 30 that included a pair of eagles.

“I have the confidence that I can win here, whereas last year I knew I could but I still had to do it,” he said. “I hope I don't have to shoot 30 on the back nine to win again.”

Some will point to Rahm’s 60-footer for eagle at the 72nd hole last year as a turning point in his young career, it was even named the best putt on Tour by one publication despite the fact he won by three strokes. But Rahm will tell you that walk-off wasn’t even the best shot he hit during the final round.

Instead, he explained that the best shot of the week, the best shot of the year, came on the 13th hole when he launched a 4-iron from a bunker to 18 feet for eagle, a putt that he also made.

“If I don't put that ball on the green, which is actually a lot harder than making that putt, the back nine charge would have never happened and this year might have never happened, so that shot is the one that made everything possible,” he explained.

Rahm’s ability to embrace and execute during those moments is what makes him special and why he’s suddenly found himself as the most likely contender to Johnson’s throne even if he chooses not to spend much time thinking about it.

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Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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“Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

“I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

“I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

“I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”

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On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

“We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.

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Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

• Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

• Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

• Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1