Hooks & Cuts: PGA Championship


KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Experiencing the PGA Championship with enough mobile devices and tracking systems and information-gathering gizmos to get us to the space station, all while Brandel Chamblee fires up bacon and eggs in the villa we’re sharing at Kiawah.

• The threat of a round-wrecking quad always looms with John Daly and true it’s just daybreak at Glory’s Last Shot, but if he should do the improbable and win a third major does he make the Hall of Fame?

• In a parting shot on 'Live From' on Wednesday night, I spontaneously threw out the name Carl Pettersson when the question was raised, Will we see another major won with a long putter? 

• This PGA Championship needs a little sunshine and an epic finish to overcome the early negative media vibe on the 90-minute shuttle to and from Charleston.

• If Daly brings the house down, he will have won majors 21 years apart, with only Nicklaus achieving a wider span (24 years: 1962-86) between first and last.

• When Joost Luiten won the Iskandar Johor Open last year we should’ve known better than to discount him as a Kiawah favorite.

Tom Lehman said the long-putter debate is small potatoes compared to the one the ruling bodies should’ve taken up 20 years ago over the golf ball.

• As long as we’re tossing out preposterous questions, try this. If Daly goes the distance, should Davis Love III consider him for the Ryder Cup? 

• Acquaintance of mine is a major Hollywood agent and star evaluator as well as a 1-handicap golf fanatic. He’s adamant that Tiger is by miles the biggest star in sports entertainment for his ability to captivate, in good and bad times.

Frank Nobilo said the golf course would favor the bomber and the early leaderboard backs that up with Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland going deep.

• Chamblee can really cook. Not surprisingly there are no quiet dinners, just a never-ending talk show with great food.

• Euro expert Ken Schofield says Luiten’s a very aggressive player, part of a new wave of young Dutch players emerging from a field hockey-loving nation that’s now high on golf.

• Two scenarios could put just a minor dent in the Olympic ratings freight train: either Daly or Phil Mickelson dueling Tiger down the stretch at Kiawah. 

• The anchored putter’s probably on its last few breaths, but Pettersson could beat it into submission with a win this week.

• Wind will weed out the pretenders from the contenders in the next couple of days.

• One final ridiculous question while there’s still a sliver of hope. What’s the bigger story, Tiger winning his 15th major or Daly winning his third?