The 2022 PGA Championship is the 104th PGA Championship, to be held from May 19–22 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is not the first time this prestigious event was held at Southern Hills and I am confident it will not be the last. As the play at this Major continues, I stumbled across this video of the challenges faced by PGA professionals at Southern Hills. Many amateurs can relate to this video because we have experienced some of their challenges.
When I wrote this video, Rory McIlroy was leading. I wonder if he will have the 36 hole lead on Saturday. Regardless, I am planning to watch a bit of the action this weekend, but in the meantime I am off to the course.
Phil Mickelson won his 6th Major yesterday, the 103 PGA Championship. Making history as the oldest Major winner, I wonder what is in store for him moving forward. Phil has proven he can still compete at the highest levels. Unfortunately, I missed all the action due to a sudden unexpected need to help a friend. It is all good because this was definitely more important. However, I cannot overstate the importance of Phil’s win and congratulate him on his historic win. As an aging golfer, I am inspired by his efforts at The Ocean Course and his ability to handle the pressure down the stretch.
The PGA Championship is well underway and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina, is living up to its hype of being a tough course to navigate. With the cut at +5, the course played more difficult than I expected. Even though this is a Major and the course set up is supposed to be challenging, I was surprised to watch the best players in have difficulty navigate the most consist and difficult hazard. If you are wondering what I am talking about you might want to watch a few videos and watch the players clothes flap like crazy.
Watching the opening holes of the 2021 PGA Championship at was exciting and somewhat mind boggling. As the announcers second guess many of the opening tee shots, I have to agree that shot selection was a bit suspect at best for many of the big hitters. I am not sure what the players thought process was because many of them hit driver ended up their ball into the deep rough or hazard. Normally, I would say that this not really a big deal except a 3 wood sounded like the right play. Especially on the first hole of the second Major of the year.
You heard it here first (okay that was an exaggeration!) I am probably not the first one to parrot the news that the PGA of America has authorized the use of an electronic measuring device, range finder, at the Senior, LPGA, and PGA Major golf tournament they sponsor. Their view is that the use of these devices will some how speed up play. This decision is causing a bit of a discussion in social media for the nay and yea sides. Because of the divergent from the professional golf norm, I thought it might be worth discussing.