Tag Archives: Oak Hill

Aug
12
2013

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Two years after losing a five-shot lead with four to play at the 2011 PGA Championship — and nearly handing the Wanamaker Trophy to Keegan Bradley — Jason Dufner wasn’t going to let that happen again. Nope, not this time Oak Hill.

It wasn’t exactly the most thrilling finish on the planet (and compared to the first three majors in 2013, it was a snoozefest). In fact, it was pretty boring and resembled the monotonous, unchanging expression on Dufner’s face, so it was only fitting for the lack of excitement coming down the stretch and the six-inch tap-in on the 18th for the two-shot win over Jim Furyk.

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Aug
11
2013
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The Stense

Heading into the final round of the PGA Championship, the last major of the year, Jim Furyk (-9) and Jason Dufner (-8) are sitting 1-2 on the leaderboard, which means the two Americans are playing together in the final pairing.

With Phil Mickelson (who will already be halfway home to San Diego) and Tiger Woods so far out of the mix, Furyk and Dufner are sharing the big, bright spotlight in what will (hopefully) be a high-drama finale. But, I’m here to tell you, the golf fans, why you should be rooting for Henrik Stenson.

I know what you’re thinking. WTF? The weird Swedish guy? He’s not an exciting winner! Nor even close to the most deserving! WRONG.

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Aug
10
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

Golf Channel’s Steve Sands was giving a live update from the driving range at Oak Hill on Saturday morning when Brandt Snedeker decided to use Sands for target practice.

This is so awesome that it might even rival Jason Dufner’s record-tying 63 as the greatest thing we’ve seen this week at the PGA Championship. OK, maybe that’s taking it a little too far (and I’m sleep-deprived and delirious), but it wins best-in-show in the non-golf category.

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Aug
10
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship
Dufner staring down history

Dufner staring down history

Twelve feet stood between Jason Dufner’s ball on the 18th green and a record-setting 62 in the second round of the PGA Championship — a score that had never been posted by any player at any of the four major championships in history (or at least since the powers-that-be started keeping track of such things).

And he left the putt short. Yes, SHORT. It never had a chance, stopping two feet short of the cup. And then, he nearly missed the tap-in for 63.

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Aug
9
2013
Green under water

Scott and Rose endured the wet morning better than most

Playing in torrential showers for most of the morning at Oak Hill, Adam Scott and Justin Rose battled difficult and soggy conditions and managed to stay afloat on Friday morning — or near the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship despite getting the less favorable side of the draw.

Scott, who opened with a 65 for a share of the first-round lead, posted a respectable two-under 68, while Justin Rose shot 29 on the front nine (he teed off no. 10, so after it stopped raining) to post a four-under 66.

Scores in the afternoon are expected to be significantly lower, with mild and  soft conditions after it dumped buckets in the morning.

Tiger Woods is one-under through seven holes at the moment.

(USA Today Sports)

Aug
9
2013
The infamous putter break

Woody whacks himself in the head

Woody Austin received a four-shot penalty during the second round of the PGA Championship for exceeding the 14-club limit. On the third hole, Austin realized he had fifteen clubs and declared the extra one out of play (well, we’re still unsure of its fate) and informed a rules official that he had violated the rule.

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Aug
8
2013
Thank you, thank you very much

Thank you, thank you very much

You know that hackneyed saying that once Joe Golfer breaks through to win a major, the floodgates will open? Well, I hate those kinds of platitudes, but I begrudgingly admit sometimes they’re appropriate. Phil Mickelson is one example that comes to mind, and Adam Scott is manifesting into the latest poster boy for this phenomenon.

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Aug
8
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship
No, not there!

No, not there!

Before Tiger Woods even hit his first tee shot at Oak Hill at the PGA Championship, everyone and their baby mamma were absolutely 110% certain that this was THE week. You know, the one where he’d finally quit horsing around on Sundays and leave the field in the dust on his way to his 15th major.

Well, that’s still certainly possible. After all, THE TOURNAMENT ISN’T WON ON THURSDAY. 

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Aug
8
2013

Former PGA Tour pro and broadcaster extraordinaire  John Maginnes and I talk and babble about all things — well, for the most part — PGA Championship. I was able to lure Maginnes away from the bar to record this, so I owe him a few cold ones. Anyway, I’m sure our drunk jabber was amusing and hopefully, at least a bit entertaining and informative.

(*Update: At the 23 minute, 20 second mark, I ask Maginnes for his non-Tiger picks. Check out the first guy he named…)

Aug
8
2013
By Stephanie Wei under By the Numbers
Glory's Last Shot: The Wanamaker Trophy

Glory’s Last Shot: The Wanamaker Trophy

Predicting golf is a fool’s game, and yet, we can’t help ourselves because it’s a cruel addiction. That said, for those of you who are mulling over your Fantasy Golf line-ups and betting slips, or simply wanting to sound smart around your golf buddies, here are some statistics that the winner of the PGA Championship will probably excel in on their way to hoisting the Wanamaker trophy on Sunday.

Word of caution, though, you are equally as likely to look dumb and lose money – after all, this column is free. (And no, I did not include putting, because, of course you have to putt well and you can’t predict who will get hot with the flatstick on any given week.)

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