Glorys Last Shot in play this weekend

By Randall MellJuly 30, 2010, 10:14 pm

“Glory’s Last Shot' gains potentially more spectacular meaning starting Sunday at Whistling Straits.

That’s the day the Wisconsin resort course closes to the public and the world’s best players are expected to begin parading in for scouting trips for the PGA Championship.

Count Whistling Straits head professional Michael O’Reilly among the curious spectators eager to see how the significant design changes at the 18th hole will heighten drama if players go for glory with their last full shots in a round.

While a small hand full of club professionals have visited this summer, O'Reilly hasn't been able to see how the game’s elite plan to play the 18th because so few have made scouting trips, but that promises to change beginning this weekend.

“Glory’s Last Shot” may never be a more appropriate moniker for the championship if the new test at the 18th plays out the way Whistling Straits founder Herb Kohler and architect Pete Dye hope.

Kohler and Dye overhauled the 500-yard finishing hole since the last time the PGA Championship was played there in 2004. Dye opened up the left side of this slight dogleg to entice a bold play to cut the corner and shorten the hole.

With a little gorge running across the fairway, the safe play is a layup to the right, leaving players anywhere from 180 to 200 yards for their approach shots. The new shortcut offers a giant reward and giant trouble. The choice can mean the difference between a 6-iron and a pitching wedge, depending on the winds.

“It’s about 290 to 295 yards to carry the bunkers on the left, to where the ball can kick and run downhill to a flat area about 120 yards from the hole,” O’Reilly said.

With deep bunkers and deep grasses, a miscalculated gamble can leave a player pitching out sideways. 

Much will depend on the wind direction, where PGA officials set the tees, but nobody’s quite sure if the world’s best will ultimately deem the gamble worth the heavy risk. That’s what will make the practice rounds so interesting beginning Sunday. Even Kerry Haigh, the PGA’s managing director of championships who’s in charge of course setups, is curious to see what players conclude about the risk in practice rounds.

Imagine this, though. Imagine Phil Mickelson on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship one shot off the lead. What would he do? “Glory’s Last Shot” might find a new golden moment.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm