Complete coverage: PGA Championship
Saturday, August 11, 2012
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Will Tiger Woods break his winless drought in the major championships? Can Phil Mikcelson get back on track?
Will Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson or Ernie Els make it two majors in one year?
Stay tuned all week as our staff keeps you up-to-date with the latest from the 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.
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Tournament coverage: Saturday
• Uncharted territory: Tiger Woods' struggles at Sawgrass and Riviera are well-documented, but this sudden inability to play well on the weekend at a major is his new kryptonite. Story.
• In position: Rory McIlroy is tied for the lead at the PGA Championship with a man over twice his age (Vijay Singh) and is back to playing with his youthful exuberance that made him a wunderkind. Story.
• PGA Championship notebook: European Tour journeyman David Lynn is the most surprising man on the leaderboard, but he is a bit surprised that many fans know little about him. Story.
• 5 Things: From Tiger Woods' bad start to Rory McIlroy's surge to the top to Adam Scott making some more major noise to weather suspending play until Sunday, it was an eventful day at Kiawah. Story.
• First things first: Steve Stricker knows what he needs to do for the Ryder Cup, but he has some PGA Championship business to tend to first after a 5-under 67 pushed him back into contention. Story.
• Looking back: It's been 21 years, but David Feherty still remembers playing in the Ryder Cup at Kiawah. Story.
• Just brutal: From Thomas Aiken's decision to play out in the dark to 41 rounds in the 80s to Michael Hoey's disqualification, Friday at the PGA Championship was historic. Story.
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Tournament coverage: Friday
• They're out: Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan are among the PGA Tour stars who won't be sticking around for the weekend at Kiawah Island. Story.
• Kiawah carnage: Circus-like stuff? You bet. Friday at Kiawah Island was the day good rounds went to die, and golf began to resemble something more akin to Olympic men’s field hockey. Story.
• 5 Things: Well, that was the Ocean Course we were hoping to see. The wind kicked up and Pete Dye’s devilish design got the best of the field at the year’s final major. Story.
• Third time's the charm? Tiger Woods has had a chance to win a major twice this season - only to disappear on the weekend. After taking a share of the 36-hole lead at the PGA, he's hoping this weekend is different. Story.
• 'Just a long day": It was a tough day for Ohio club pro Doug Wade, who shot 21 over – the second-highest score in PGA Championship history. Story.
• Positive performance: For Vijay Singh, Friday's 3-under 69 at the PGA Championship was another bright spot for the 49-year-old, who has found some of his old form recently after years of struggles. Story.
• Battled and bruised: They came to Kiawah to win a PGA Championship, but Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan were also hoping to earn an automatic Ryder Cup berth. Unfortunately, they did neither. Story
• 'It's painful': After playing soft Thursday, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island toughened up Friday, with high winds and rain making for a challenging, more PGA Championship-like second round. Story.
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Tournament coverage: Thursday
• 5 Things: It was a benign opening round at Kiawah Island, where soft conditions and gentle wind allowed players to shoot plenty of low scores, including Carl Pettersson's tournament-leading 66. Story.
• Ryder Cup: Those players on the "bubble" to earn a spot on the U.S. squad didn't play particularly well on Thursday at the PGA Championship. Story.
• All over the map: Playing in the afternoon wave with the wind freshening, Phil Mickelson saw all of the 7,676 yards of the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island - and maybe just a little more as he clawed his way to a 1-over 73. Story.
• Putting it all behind: Adam Scott didn't wait long to put the Open Championship collapse behind him, looking in complete control during his 4-under 68 on Thursday at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Back to basics: Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality. Story.
• A struggle: For the 20 club professionals at the PGA Championship, Thursday's first round at Kiawah Island was a reality check, with none of them currently inside the projected cut line. Story.
• A bit Joost up: Joost Luiten - or Willibrordus Adrianus Maria Luiten - had Kiawah Island buzzing when he got to 8 under on Thursday, but don't let his fade back to 4 under fool you - he's got game. Story.
• All hype, no bite: The par-3 17th hole at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course was supposed to rear its ugly head and bring golfers to its knees. Um, we're still waiting . . . Story.
• People's champ: John Daly might be known for the splashy clothes, the suspensions, the struggles with alcohol, but his 68 on Thursday reminded us of the game that he possesses. Story.
• PGA Championship notebook: On a day that Pat Perez didn't even want to go to the first tee because of a horrible warmup, a 3-under 69 left him feeling better at the end of the day. Story.
• Taking control: Carl Pettersson made the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island look downright pedestrian on Thursday, firing a 6-under 66 to take an early one-shot lead at the PGA Championship. Story.
• That's more like it: Rory McIlroy knew that Mother Nature was never going to be kinder than this, so he went out and fired a 5-under 67 at Kiawah Island to sit one shot off the lead at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Feeling it: A week after looking out-of-sorts on the putting surface, Tiger Woods needed only 22 putts to help him card a 3-under 69 on Thursday at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Tiger Tracker, Round 1: Follow Tiger Woods - and the rest of the field - as he takes on Kiawah Island in search of his first major victory in more than four years. Tracker.
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Tournament preview: Wednesday
• Decisions, decisions: Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal talked Ryder Cup on Wednesday at the PGA Championship, with the U.S. likely down to only one spot remaining on its squad. Who will get it? Story.
• 5 Things: The season’s final major starts Thursday at a soft Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Here’s 5 Things you need to know on the eve of the year’s final major. Story.
• Behind the smile: Don't let the jovial attitude and big grin fool you. Graeme McDowell feels the pressure just like any other golfer on a professional tour. He just hides it a bit better. Story.
• Hot and cold: Rory McIlroy has had his glorious moments (a victory and World No. 1 ranking) and his dismal moments (three missed cuts), but the Northern Irishman has shown signs of life before the PGA Championship. Story.
• New perspective: After a four-week absence from competitive golf, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson returns to the spotlight "refreshed and not putting any pressure" on himself. Story.
• Family ties: Spencer Levin and his father/coach, Don - a former PGA Tour player in the 1980s - mix their personal relationship with business, and it works just fine. Story.
• Crane out: Ben Crane withdrew from the PGA Championship on Wednesday with a back injury. He has been replaced in the field by Chris Stroud. Story.
• Show me the money! A look at the prize money breakdown for this week's 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. Payouts.
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Tournament preview: Tuesday
• Staff predictions: Will it be Rory McIlroy? Jason Dufner? Matt Kuchar? Our panel of experts is split on who will take home the PGA Championship on Sunday night. Check out our picks.
• PGA Championship notebook: Keegan Bradley will defend his title without his trusty Odyssey XG Sabertooth putter of more than two years after it was "injured" on Tuesday. Story.
• Sharpen your wedges: The ability to scramble will be key to success this week at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, giving the likes of Luke Donald a chance to capture a major championship. Story.
• 5 Things: Weather rears its ugly head on Tuesday, while Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald talk about their chances at winning the PGA Championship. Story.
• Digging the long ball: Long hitters such as Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day could have an advantage at Kiawah Island because of their length off the tee. Story.
• Only getting started: As a first-time major winner and father, Bubba Watson knows his life won't get any easier on or off the course. Story.
• Tale of two Tigers: Which Tiger Woods will show up this week at Kiawah Island? The one leading the race for the FedEx Cup, or the frustrated player that faded in the last two majors? Story.
• Must watch: Bubba Watson recorded Rickie Fowler doing a flip into a pool and posted it on Twitter. Was this a good idea from Fowler? Or just a kid having fun? Video.
• Forgiving? Kerry Haigh has a potentially tough job this week with Kiawah Island not playing with any bunkers, storms brewing every day and likely better scoring conditions due to the wet turf at the PGA Championship. Story.
• Long journey: Roger Chapman's long journey to his first PGA Championship took a bit longer than expected, thanks to a 14-hour delay in a Washington airport on Sunday. Story.
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Tournament preview: Monday
• PGA Championship notebook: Did Keegan Bradley shoot himself in the foot by winning this past week? Who was the last person to win two in a row, with the second win being a major? Notes.
• Sharp focus: One year ago, Keegan Bradley entered his first major at the PGA. Today, having made the rounds as a major champion, he finds that much has changed – except himself. Story.
• Rejuvenated: Ernie Els improbably won the Open Championship three weeks ago, but the South African says it wasn't a fluke, and he feels like he has more where that win came from. Story.
• Inside job: This year’s PGA Championship plays out on one of the country’s most distinctive golf landscapes. Our Bradley S. Klein breaks down the course. Hole-by-hole.
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• Pairings party: Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer are just one of the marquee pairings at next week's PGA Championship. Take a look at all the pairings and tee times that were released on Friday. Story.
• Keep your eyes on: Our Jim McCabe reveals 10 players you need to watch this week at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for the 94th PGA Championship - including South Carolina native Dustin Johnson. Story.
• Beware the wind: Winds could make No. 18 at Kiawah Island a tough finishing hole at the 94th PGA Championship this week says marshal and Golfweek correspondent Mark Matlock. Story.
• Odds to win: A look at the odds to win for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Story.
• Bunker play: There will be no defined bunkers at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for the PGA Championship, a decree from the PGA of America that solves one problem but might create another. Story.