Ed. note: In case you’re wondering where the heck I’ve been in a week and why there was no post after Henrik Stenson delivered the most epic final round performance in major championship history, here’s the answer: Minutes away from pressing “publish,” my Macbook, which had been acting up all day, froze and then after I tried to reboot it, but it wouldn’t let me past the page where you enter your username password (and I’ve tried *everything* as I’m generally good at troubleshooting). After three or four hours, I gave up and I couldn’t do anything but laugh because, well, sh*t happens and I wasn’t going to freak out over my first world problem, especially after the insane week of real tragedies around the world. I couldn’t do anything about it, so I’ve ignored the problem all week as I only returned to NYC from Glasgow today, and now I’m trying to post from my iPad. I have an appointment at the Apple Store tomorrow. My apologies. And my thumbs hurt.
In case you’re already having withdrawals from watching major championship golf, good news! — you only have to wait a few more days as the PGA Championship kicks off next week at Baltsurol GC in Springfield, New Jersey (due to the scheduling changes to accommodate the Olympics). Not a fan of the schedule and I don’t even have to play, so think how the golfers feel — not that I feel too much sympathy for them. Just sayin’.
Well, the PGA of America released the tee times for the first and second round on Friday afternoon and there are plenty of fun pairings. My favorite is probably the threesome of Rory McIlroy, the PGA champion in 2014 (and 2012), Jason Day, defending champion, and Phil Mickelson, the last man to win the PGA when it was staged at Baltsurol in 2005. (Yep, so fret not, Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try and win another major, especially at a place where he has had success in the past.)
The first winners of the first three majors are the year are group together: Masters champ Danny Willett, U.S. Open champ Dustin Johnson and Open Champion golfer of the year Henrik Stenson. The third marquee pairing consists of Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson.
That’s not all! Other groups that caught our eye include Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els and Zach Johnson. There’s also Brooks Koepka, Lee Westwood and Brandt Snedeker. And I know you’re all wondering who Andrew “Beef” Johnston is paired with — he’ll be a main attraction at Baltsurol and he’s playing with Scott Piercy and Alex Noren.
There are many other great groups to watch, but naturally, I’m having problems copying and pasting the full list of pairings on my IPad (surprise, surprise). You can find screenshots I posted via Twitter, see here or below…
Who would you follow in the first two rounds? Which are your favorite groupings? Now excuse me as I get back icing my thumbs.