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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2017 PGA Championship Round 1 Recap – Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines–Always Battling For Position

This year’s PGA Championship is being held at notable tour venue, Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s been a regular stop for years, this is its first stab at hosting a major, however.  There has been a significant redo of the golf course since its last tournament in May, they rebuilt holes and re-grassed the whole golf course in a little over ninety days. A Herculean task, to be sure, and one of the fun features is a sub-air feature underneath the greens that can suck the water right out of them. Thus making the threat of rain through the weekend largely a non-story. The greens today for the first round, are already frighteningly fast. If tournament officials let them get much firmer, familiar cries of unfairness from young millionaires will blather across the twitter-sphere, God forbid these players who no longer play a game that I’m familiar with being challenged by less than comfortable conditions.

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First round recap, Birdies and Bogeys from the 2017 US Open

By Joe Hines
Noted Duffer

While a winning score for the US Open is often around even par, even over par some years, 2015 Champion Jordan Spieth was asked in a pre-tournament press conference what his opinion of the what the winning total might be. “I could see it going to -5 or -10” offered young Jordan. While we are not quite through day 1, the last groups are just on the final nine as I write, it appears that Spieth will not be one of those approaching such a lofty total. He fired a 1 over par 73 at this year’s test, Erin Hills Golf Club, northwest of Milwaukee in the land of cheese and Major Championship golf courses. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good about putting together my story now, since my prediction of Jason Day as a winner seems to already have derailed. Day is +6 after his first 10 holes. As the saying goes, you can’t win the US Open on Thursday, but you sure as hell can lose it.

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Beer, Brats and Golf. The US Open invades Wisconsin

By Joe Hines, Noted Duffer

This is US Open week in the golf world, and what is widely considered golf’s sternest test, the tourney set up to test the will of young millionaires, will be contested at what is, by all accounts, the largest golf course in the history of golf, Erin Hills Golf Club, very far from anywhere in Wisconsin.

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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…]

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 & Bogeys: Jordan Rules, 2015 Masters Final Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Young Jordan. He really is quite something. He saw every challenge, such as it was. He never blinked. Mr. Spieth may or may not be someday regarded with the same reverence as Hogan, Nelson and Palmer. But one thing is certain. At the age of 21, Jordan Spieth can compete at the highest level of golf.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

As Sunday’s final round came to the end, Spieth, with finality, saved a par on 16 after a wayward tee shot, the gallery (sorry Augusta) erupted and from their feet sent the new champion on his way toward the 17th tee. [Read more…]

Birdies & Bogeys: Moving Day, 2015 Third Round Masters Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Another fairway. Another green. Ho hum. The Jordan Spieth coronation continues unimpeded in this 2015 Masters. His urgent call for his ball to obey after each vicious strike becoming familiar by now. Begging each shot to become even more perfect than what it inevitably is in flight. Fairways and greens. The only way this young man from Texas loses the 2015 Masters is if the golf gods wrap their spindly fingers around his throat and clench the life out of him.

Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports

Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports

Coverage of Saturday’s third round began with the modern version of the triumvirate of golf, McIlroy, Woods and Mickelson charging early, birdies dropping like rocks. What an exciting final round it could be with those three charging toward the top, if it wasn’t for this snot nosed little 21-year-old prodigy who doesn’t seem to know any better. He has parred every hole he should par, birdied the par 5’s with regularity. Two bogeys in his third round, the second and third of his tournament, were the only hiccups. Charley Hoffman got within three, Phil tickled the top of the leaderboard for a moment. That notwithstanding, Spieth charged on with his birdie on the 16th hole opening a seven-shot advantage over his closest rival. It is indeed surprising when a shot veers even a little bit away from his intended target. Golf is not this easy yet young Spieth is making it seem so. He doesn’t bomb the ball with the likes of a Dustin Johnson, isn’t likely to be miraculous around the greens like Mickelson. He doesn’t have the silky smooth putting stroke of his mentor Ben Crenshaw. But he does command all facets well, and the lack of weakness in his game is what serves him well and consistently over the course of this tournament. All hail the boy king!

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Birdies & Bogeys: 2015 Second Round Masters Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Welcome to my second round Masters recap, otherwise known as “Who is Playing for Second?” Jordan Spieth has made a mockery of the rest of the field, and really, fabled Augusta National, blitzing the field to the tune of 14-under par, 130 through 36 holes. He set a record for lowest 36-hole total in a major, second youngest to lead a major at the halfway point, yada yada yada… You get the idea.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Spieth’s second round came while TV coverage was dark due to the antiquated policy of Augusta National of showing only limited coverage of the tournament. His closest contender is Charley Hoffman who came in at minus-9. His total any other year would be good enough to place him atop the leader board, but this isn’t any other year. Young Jordan is making it look easy. He is too young to realize that golf, and particularly Augusta National, is not that easy. He’ll learn, as all others have. Tiger learned. Sure it was after winning 14 majors, but he learned. [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.

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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…]

Birdies and Bogeys: 2014 Ryder Cup – Day Two

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Ryder-Cup-2014-Logo

The morning four-ball matches on day two of the Ryder Cup was some of the best golf I’ve ever witnessed. The first match out, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson finished their match against Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson with 10 straight birdies yet only won 3&2. Kuchar and Watson were seven under par and got beat. Incredible golf. Cup veteran Jim Furyk was paired with Hunter Mahan and played extremely well, pouring putts in from everywhere to take care of the Euros Jamie D0naldson and Lee Westwood. [Read more…]

Birdies and Bogeys: Opening Day Ryder Cup

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

The opening morning four-ball matches didn’t quite go as the European side might have scripted. American captain Tom Watson surprised many with his pairing of Ryder Cup rookies Patrick Reed and Jordan Speith to take on European rookie Stephen Gallacher and ringer Ian Poulter. The kids came through with a resounding 5 & 4 victory, turning the tables on the highly favored European squad.  Phil Mickelson and BFF Keegan Bradley teamed up for an exciting 1-up victory over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and the third ranked serial choker Sergio Garcia. They were able to pull out the match when both Europeans made a mess of the 18th hole, and Mickelson managed to stay standing to win the hole. Bubba Watson, who has become my new player I have no use for, and Webb Simpson, who seemed to be caught up in Watson’s vortex of negativity teamed up to get pantsed by Martin Kaymer and Thomas Bjorn. The four morning matches finished with the US leading 2 1/2-1 1/2. A small victory for the US in a competition they were expected to be resoundingly trounced. [Read more…]