2017 PGA 3rd Round Recap; Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines, Hanging around the lead

Saturday brings the completion of the 3rd round of the 99th running of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Here’s what we found out about how to expect it to finish…*crickets*.

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2017 PGA Championship Round 2 Recap–Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines — Making the Cut

There hasn’t been such excitement surrounding a rain delay since game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  It started to storm Friday afternoon in Charlotte, North Carolina, and like magic, birdies and all manner of hilarity resumed at the 99th PGA Championship.

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Birdies and Bogeys from Day 2 of the US Open

By Joe Hines Always making the cut

We’ve made it through round 2 of the US Open, and if you aren’t doing anything, pre-tournament picks Jason Day(picked by yours truly) and Rory McIlroy could use a ride home since they won’t be playing this weekend. The experts proclaimed this long, open track as advantageous to those two, among the game’s longest drivers, with ball flight approaching the heavens. As luck would have it, golf is still golf, and as such tends to bite you in the butt, just when you think you have it figured out. Whether watching or playing.

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Birdies & Bogeys: 2015 PGA Championship Final Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Welcome to my final round coverage of the 2015 PGA Championship, otherwise known as the coronation of Jason Day.

The young Australian began the Day with a two-shot lead, which he never relinquished. He fended off challenges from South African Branden Grace, Englishman Justin Rose and his Sunday playing partner, Jordan Spieth. [Read more…]

Birdies & Bogeys: 2015 PGA Championship Third Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

You know how pressure usually grips leaders of a golf tournament, leading to off-line shots and missed short putts? And you know how afternoons in golf tournaments lead to worse scores because of the early players leaving spike marks, along with the natural growth of grass over the course of a day? Well, at Whistling Straits, site of the 2015 PGA Championship, not so much.

At a venue that is so eye catching that you would think it would distract players as the wind their way around the course, they seem impervious to the gorgeous views as they throw darts at the welcoming greens.

South African Brenden Grace fired an 8 under par 64, setting the pace for the leaders, Aussies Matt Jones and Jason Day. [Read more…]

Birdies & Bogeys: 2015 PGA Championship Second Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

The second round of the 2015 PGA Championship was suspended by rain and lightning late Friday afternoon, with several group left to complete play when the horn sounded.

That’s okay, most of the good stuff happened earlier.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Ten golfers lurk within three shots of the lead near the halfway point of the tournament. Australian and noted vertigo sufferer Jason Day shares the lead at -9 with countryman Matt Jones, with both still on the course. Second round play will resume Saturday morning prior to the beginning of Saturday’s moving day. [Read more…]

British Open Birdies & Bogeys: Third Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Sunday was moving day at the British Open, due to the weather delays over the last two days at the Old Course at St. Andrews, hard by the coast of the North Sea. It’s also the one day of the week that Dustin Johnson would like to purge from the calendar. The second round leader went backwards, shooting 3-over 75 on a day when the scoring average for the field was 69, and most of the crowded leaderboard posted scores in the low to mid 60’s. [Read more…]

British Open Birdies & Bogeys: First Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

In the pantheon of golf’s four majors, the British Open is probably my least favorite. But that is sort of like saying vanilla ice cream is fourth on my list of favorite ice creams. It is still flavorful, it just does not have the burst that I get from chocolate, double chocolate, or chocolate fudge. And while I enjoy the British Open, it does not have the flash for me that The Masters, US Open or even the ugly step-sister of majors, the PGA, does. For starters, until I start getting credentials from my boss, I have to get up in the middle of the night to watch. Second, the stodginess of the British Isles drips from all facets of the championship, from the look of the course to the impeccably mannered spectators, each round of applause sounds exactly the same as the last, whether for a birdie or a tap-in for double-bogey. [Read more…]

Birdies and Bogeys: 2015 US Open Final Round

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

It’s the kind of insight you tune into Fox Sports for. With the penultimate pair of Jordan Spieth and Brandon Grace standing on the 18th tee, analyst and amateur audiologist Greg Norman opines, “big tee shots here.” Wow. That’s why we tune in. For stellar analysis like that.

Ok. That’s the end of my Fox bashing. I’ve sort of tired of it over the last three days. They make it so easy, but I choose to focus on the competition for the last day of the toughest championship to win.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

By now you already know how this odd but entertaining Open finished. We’ve spent the last three days learning about Chambers Bay, golf in the Pacific Northwest, fescue and poyanna grass. We’ve learned about Benign Positional Vertigo. We’ve learned there isn’t greater pressure in golf than standing over a makable putt to win or tie on the 18th green. And in the end, Spieth held off the field to secure the second of the first two majors of the year. Halfway to the Grand Slam he is. But that really doesn’t begin to tell the story. [Read more…]

Birdies and Bogeys: 2015 US Open Third Round

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

I tuned into the third round of the US Open this afternoon, eagerly anticipating the competition having cathartically cleared my brain of any of the nonsense that went along with the coverage on FOX. The clock struck one, and there on my screen were the linchpins, such as they are, of the network’s golf coverage. But as I said, I had come to accept their shortcomings, even sort of sympathetically excusing them and vowing to give them more of a chance in the last two rounds, and for the ensuing 12 YEARS! [Read more…]

Birdies and Bogeys: 2015 US Open Second Round

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

It took me a good night’s sleep and a bit of shock therapy to recover from the first day of US Open coverage on Faux Sports. I woke up in a cold sweat, the result of the all too real nightmare of a Greg Norman American history lesson, and Joe Buck sounding like he is calling a tackle on every shot.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

Saturday’s second round seems to have taught FOX some lessons from the first round though. My new friend Holly Saunders was much less visible, I only saw two segments with her in 11 hours of broadcast, and her format was different. Today she was appearing in front of a giant superimposition of the interviewees scorecard. The huge score seemed to distract a bit from the typically trampish look of FOX. The resulting interviews, while still vapid, were not as aesthetically awkward. That’s saying something when the improvement is a large picture of a scorecard in the shot. [Read more…]

2015 Masters Golf Tournament Preview

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Welcome everyone to the 2015 golf season. Oh I know that the PGA has been teeing it up since January in Hawaii, but this is the real opening to the season. Masters week. The first of the four majors of the year. Hello friends.

Tiger-Woods-To-Miss-The-Masters

The storylines abound as they do every year in southeast Georgia. Tiger is back after missing last year with a back injury and the past two months of this season with the yips. Bubba Watson is back to defend his title. Can he repeat and win his third in the last four years? World No. 1 Rory McIlroy tries to complete the career Grand Slam. Jordan Spieth, barely old enough to drink, is playing the best golf of anyone on the planet. Two-time champion Ben Crenshaw is competing in his last Masters. Yes, the dramatics abound at Augusta National Golf Club. And the sports world pays attention. It’s the culmination of perhaps the greatest week of the year in sports with the NCAA basketball championship and the beginning of baseball season. After being majorless since August, this is a special week indeed for golf fans. [Read more…]