Tag Archives: 2011 PGA Championship

Sep
22
2011

Nice

Just a fun nugget…Chez Reavie is playing this week’s Tour Championship. He’s currently No. 8 in FedExCup points and 30th on the PGA Tour money list with earnings of $2,152,267 (which is actually more than his $2,034862 Tour career earnings from ’08-’10).

But get this: Reavie can’t play in the Fall Series events — other than the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open because he finished in the top ten at the last regular season event, the Wyndham Championship (if you top ten and you’re not already in the field for the following tournament, you get a spot). 

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Aug
24
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Equipment

Mickelson: Oh no, not another four-footer!

Winners at the last three PGA Tour events have used non-traditional putters, renewing the debate on whether or not the USGA and R&A should ban them. Last Sunday Webb Simpson earned his first victory using a belly putter. The week before, rookie Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship while also wielding a belly, making him the first to capture a major with a long putter. And the week prior to that, Adam Scott used a broomstick putter anchored to his chest to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Aug
24
2011

Back in March my friend and WUP’s head researcher, Intern Kevin, introduced me to Steve Elkington’s website, Secret in the Dirt. I finally checked it out after weeks of hearing him rave about the hysterical and legendary videos. Turned out Intern Kevin was right — the content was unique and interesting (some more than others, but depends on what you’re looking for), and I couldn’t believe this was the first I’d heard of it.

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Aug
24
2011
By Will Leivenberg under FedEx Cup

PGA Champ Keegan Bradley is relishing his new status while sticking to what got him in the winners circle.

Keegan Bradley is having one heck of a rookie season, to say the least. In May he won the Byron Nelson Championship, and just a few weeks ago, he staged a thrilling comeback at the PGA Championship to take home the Wanamaker Trophy in his first start at a major.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday what had been the biggest change in his life in the past two weeks, Keegan responded with complete candor.

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Aug
16
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

The daunting 18th hole, also dubbed "worst hole in golf" by some of the players, but Keegan and the Duff conquered it. Meanwhile, the rest of the field will have to seek therapy to recover from the mental trauma and nightmares!

My customary post-major (and WGC) hangover is kicking in right on schedule! Good news is those thrilling contrived PLAYOFFS start next week. Oh, can you feel the magic of the obscene $10 million prize to the winner?? Almost, right? Bad news is the Masters isn’t for another seven- to-eight months!

Well, I’ve found the best way to get over withdrawals is to take a look back through pictures and some closing words. Here we go!

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Aug
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Keegan: Pinch me, someone!

As I was scrolling through a season’s worth of posts on ’11 PGA champ Keegan Bradley on Saturday evening, I came across one I’d written at the Bob Hope Classic (where he T7 at his second-career PGA Tour start) nearly seven months ago.

I can’t believe I’d forgotten about Mary Kay Zordani’s bold prediction that Keegan would win a major this season because of her track record over the last few years.

Here’s the excerpt from the post dated January 21, 2011:

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Aug
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Keegan: Is this real life?

As many predicted, the PGA Championship on Sunday boiled down to the final fearsome four holes at Atlanta Athletic Club, also known as “Calamity Lane” as Phil Mickelson dubbed. Well, the finish was even more thrilling than we expected.

The difficult, cruel quartet delivered drama, heartbreak and guts — the essentials to an unforgettable ending at the year’s fourth and final major, especially when the leaderboard was filled mostly with unknowns and 40-somethings.

We have Keegan Bradley to thank for providing a comeback to remember at a PGA that until the last hour or so seemed like it would turn out to become rather uninspiring and forgettable, particularly given the theatrics and likable champions in the season’s first three majors.

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Aug
15
2011

Keegan: Never give up

Playing in the first major of his career, Keegan Bradley was relatively anonymous to the average golf fan. Despite the rookie’s maiden victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, he was better known as LPGA legend and Hall of Famer Pat Bradley’s nephew.

After capturing the ’11 PGA Championship with his gutsy performance, he’s no longer just another no-name rookie. He’s now arrived as a star in American golf. Though it was only his first major start, Keegan has had the opportunity to draw from a plethora of wisdom.  Aunt Pat’s storied career included six major victories and 31 LPGA Tour wins, not to mention his dad, Mark, a PGA Class A professional at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club.

I caught up with an ecstatic Aunt Pat on Sunday evening via phone to chat about her nephew…

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