Stories by Rich
It’s an understatement to say Peter Jacobsen was thrilled at the chance to return to Bellerive Country Club for the 74th Senior PGA Championship.
Just when you expected players at the 74th Senior PGA Championship to act their age, along came Tom Watson to prove the time-honored adage that, indeed, age is just a number. The two-time Senior PGA champion is at 2-under 140, tied for eighth and five strokes behind a pair of co-leading Kentuckians, Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry.
As a player who had his PGA Tour card for three years in the 1990s but never managed to win enough money to keep his playing privileges for the following season, Sonny Skinner knows how easy it is for a player to be overly demanding of himself.
Thirty-two years after he turned professional, Roger Chapman enjoyed the season he always thought he was capable of — two major titles in 2012, the Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open, in the brief span of six weeks.
Ted Bishop, who was recently elected the 38th president of the PGA of America, shares his thoughts on the key issues facing the game.
Peter Bevacqua – a former USGA executive, and most recently, the head of CAA Sports' golf division – was appointed chief executive of the PGA of America.
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.
2012 PGA Championship qualifiers
Twenty golfers qualified for the 94th PGA Championship Wednesday at the PGA Professional National Championship in Seaside, Calif.
PGA Professional National Championship
Jeff Coston started playing professional golf 35 years ago. He's in position to qualify for another PGA Championship and he's doing it by 'just trying to play golf.'
PNC: Matt Dobyns
Matt Dobyns did something unorthodox to get better on the greens, and it is paying off thus far at the PGA Professional National Championship.
PGA Championship qualifying
A week after Beau Hossler set off some local hysteria at Mission Viejo Country Club, Matt Viguerie is trying to maintain the good vibes by qualifying for the PGA Championship.
Joel Edwards is only playing the Senior PGA Championship because of a series of withdrawals. But the 50-year-old is trying to seize the opportunity.
After kidney cancer limited his activity on tour, Andrew Magee, who is making his debut at the Senior PGA Championship, is ready for a full season on the senior circuit, says Rich Skyzinski.
Senior PGA Championship
The greens at 18-month-old Harbor Shores – site of the 73rd Senior PGA Championship – have challenged players with their difficulty and diversity.
The U.S. put the finishing touches on its domination of the 25th PGA Cup, remaining undefeated on American soil with a 17.5-8.5 win Sunday at CordeValle in California.
The U.S. continued its domination of foursomes play Saturday and assumed control of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.
Sonny Skinner was conceded a birdie putt at the last hole to gain a half-point for the U.S. in the morning session of Day 2 at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.
The U.S. won three of four afternoon foursomes matches in routs Friday and took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland after the first day of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.
Rob McClellan, the head professional at Butler (Pa.) Country Club, birdied the last hole to give his team the lead for the only time in the match and help the U.S. to a 2.5-1.5 lead after the first session at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.
Here are thumbnail bios for the 20 low scorers from the 44th PGA Professional National Championship.
Maybe the 65 that David Paeglow shot in the first round of last year’s PGA Professional National Championship was exactly what he didn’t need.
Jeff Sorenson can’t say he won’t know what to expect heading into the final two rounds of the 44th PGA National Professional Championship at Hershey Country Club.
An advocate of less is more, Bill Murchison III has used as little as a 7-iron in a round, saying "I wanted to learn to be more creative." His creativity led to a 2-over 73 in the first round of the 44th PGA Professional National Championship.
When the 111th U.S. Open Championship gets under way Thursday at Congressional Country Club, the first tee will have a different look to it for the first time in more than 20 years.
Kerry Haigh has a thankless job, never hearing praise when tournament's go smoothly, but always criticized when having to make tough decisions as a PGA of America administrator.
5 Things: Senior PGA
A look at five elements that might decide the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
5 things: Senior PGA
Kenny Perry is among five players outside the top three at the Senior PGA Championship that still have a shot at winning. Rich Skyzinski takes a look.
Valhalla is doing a pretty good imitation of a levee doing its damnest to hold back the water. Here are Five Things to know from Round 1.
Following an overnight storm that included winds of 60 mph and dropped 1.5 inches of rain on an already-soggy Valhalla Golf Club, Thursday’s start to the 72nd Senior PGA Championship has been delayed 90 minutes.
Five interesting storylines to watch during the 72nd Senior PGA Championship, which gets under way Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club.
1986 Masters: 25 years later
Tom Meeks was working the par-3 fourth hole on Sunday of the 1986 Masters and saw Jack Nicklaus miss a 6-footer pretty badly. He thought Nicklaus was done. Not so fast.
says Bill Murray wanted to keep a piece of the AT&T Pro-Am for himself.
Bill Murray is about to become even more popular in Northern California.
says the Allianz Championship has even more outside-the-box events planned for 2011.
The folks running the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship are at it again.
thinks he found the longest hitter in college golf – pound-for-pound, anyway.
I don’t know if I saw the longest hitter in college golf on Friday at the Arizona Amateur, but if you’ll allow me to add a pound-for-pound condition, I’ll feel pretty comfortable putting that tag on Jason Shano from the University of San Diego.
with info on the 20 pros who qualified Wednesday for the PGA Championship.
Here are capsules of the 20 qualifiers from the 43rd Professional National Championship into the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. (presented in order of finish):
Can things get any better for the men’s program at the University of Illinois? You bet.
explains the pressure players like David Hutsell are feeling as they claw for a PGA berth.
David Hutsell has been here before – deep into the Professional National Championship and a spot in the PGA Championship clearly within sight, so close it must seem he can just reach out and pluck it.
explains what is motivating club pro Bruce Smith at the PGA PNC this week.
Some golfers collect scorecards. Others collect pencils, putters, ball markers or logoed hats. Bruce Smith of Frisco, Texas, collects course records, and on Monday, during the second round of the 43rd Professional National Championship at French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, he secured another pelt for his office wall.
says the Pete Dye Course at French Lick, site of the PNC, is a modern marvel.
In the case of It’s Possible to Build a Golf Course Anywhere With Enough Time and Money, we offer Exhibit A: the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
explains why Colorado Golf Club will be a perfect Solheim Cup venue in 2013.
Well, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have done it again.
details Bill Glasson’s remarkable run into contention at the Senior PGA.
Next to the champion, there’s no question who the most satisfied player is at this week’s 71st Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club. The hands-down winner of that honor is Bill Glasson.
introduces you to perhaps the best player you’ve never heard of: Champions Tour golfer Chien Soon Lu.
Here’s the story of the best player you’ve never heard of and, perhaps, the one to watch when it comes time to decide the 71st Senior PGA Championship Sunday afternoon.
says Robin Freeman is no stranger to playing in the wind, and it’s coming in handy at the Senior PGA.
This is what it’s like to play golf when the wind comes whippin’ down the plain.
explains why Fuzzy Zoeller’s spirits are up this week at the Senior PGA Championship – and the Indy 500.
If Fuzzy Zoeller makes the cut at the 71st Senior PGA Championship that begins Thursday, he’ll be concerned about his driving. But Ed Carpenter’s driving also will be on his mind.
witnessed an emotional end to amateur Brad Benjamin's day, which all began with a devastating bogey at the 15th.
Perhaps what made Brad Benjamin’s Masters experience so emotional was that it was so tantalizing.
did a double-take when Scott Verplank played out of turn, and again when Ian Woosnam left Augusta for a Five Guys.
There were two things that made me do a double-take on Thursday.
with his final thoughts on Beverly Country Club and a few unexpected observations at the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Rich Skyzinski gives his final thoughts on Beverly Country Club, and reveals a few unexpected observations at the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Giles, 66, wins Senior Am
Don’t worry if you can’t remember who won the 1972 U.S. Amateur – because the same guy won the USGA Senior Amateur Thursday, just 37 years later. Meet 66-year-old Vinny Giles III, again.
Two lifelong friends will be opponents in Thursday’s championship match of the 55th USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club.
provides a closer look at the USGA Senior Amateur semifinalists.
A snapshot look at the players in the semifinals at the 55th USGA Senior Amateur, played Wednesday at Beverly Country Club in Chicago: