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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

In case you can’t remember that the PGA Championship is a major, the PGA of America’s new slogan — as of last year — will remind you…constantly…with signage all around Whistling Straits.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we were last here in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for the 2010 PGA, which was perhaps the most compelling major of that season, with various names making moves on the back nine and then of course the heartbreaking finish and bunker-not-a-bunker fiasco that kept Dustin Johnson out of a playoff for the Wanamaker Trophy. (It’s even crazier when I realize that it was only the third major I’d ever covered.)

If we have anything close to as much drama as we did in 2010, we’re in for a treat this week. Let’s just hope we don’t have any major rules blunders on the 72nd hole of the tournament and we’ll be quite alright. 

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With the exception of Bubba Watson, who “protested” the PGA of America’s reinstatement of the Long Drive Contest, most pros joined in on the fun and gave it their best rip on the par-5 10th during Tuesday’s practice round.

In fact, a few players popped by the 10th tee just to participate in the competition. Take Rory McIlroy, for example. The world no. 1 only played nine holes, but he went out of his way to partake in the festivities, before calling it a day. (He was also knowledgeable about the historical significance of the event.)

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