News for Thursday, August 9, 2012
Kaufmann on PGA
Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality.
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.
5 Things: PGA, Round 1
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.
Ryder Cup selections
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.
Miceli on Phil Mickelson
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.
U.S. Women's Amateur
Nicole Zhang took a year off of college golf to focus on the rest of her life. She's back in the spotlight after defeating the medalist Thursday at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Baldry on Jaye Marie Green
Jaye Marie Green won't play college golf this coming fall, having walked away from a scholarship. But if the support she received after a U.S. Women's Amateur win on Thursday is any indication, she's in good hands.
Masuda on Adam Scott
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.
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.
Round 1, PGA Championship
Tiger Woods got off to a solid start with a 3-under 69 Thursday at the PGA Championship and is three shots behind leader Carl Petterssen. The same can't be said for Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson, who ended their opening rounds over par.
Steve “Pepsi” Hale, who’s been on the bag for all three of Keegan Bradley’s PGA Tour victories, will caddie for Dylan Crowley at next week’s U.S. Amateur.
Rude on Joost Luiten
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.
McCabe on No. 17 at Kiawah
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 . . .
Babineau on John Daly
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, says Jeff Babineau.
Masuda on Pettersson
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.
Martin on Rory McIlroy
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.
Masuda on Tiger Woods
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.
U.S. Women's Am notes
U.S. Women's Amateur notes: Hyo-Joo Kim punched her ticket for the Sweet 16 with a 2-and-1 victory over Isabelle Lendl, who had dad and former tennis great, Ivan, in the gallery Thursday.
has given a verbal commitment to Geogia.
Isabella Skinner has given a verbal commitment to first-year Georgia head coach Josh Brewer. Skinner, who plays for West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., will join the Bulldogs' roster in the fall of 2014.
has given a verbal commitment to Rice.
Alex Levy has given a verbal commitment to Rice. Levy, of Austin, Texas, attends Stephen F. Austin High School.