Major in times of confusion

104. PGA Championship
Date: 19 – 22 May 2022
Track: Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)
Length: 6,902 meters
couple: 70
Prize money: This will be announced in the run-up to the championship. Was twelve million dollars in 2022.
Livescore: From Thursday at 15 via the DP World Tour website
Game format: 72 hole stroke play with a cut after two rounds. 156 players (not amateurs), including the top 20 from the PGA Championship for Club Professionals, participate. The best seventy players plus slips move on to the weekend. There is no ten shot rule
If two or more players are right after 72 holes, a mini round of three holes is played: 13, 17 and 18. If there is still no decision, then there is a hole-for-hole extension of 18 and possibly. on 13, 17 and then 18 again.
Television: Exclusive live on Ziggo Sport Golf every day. Thursday and Friday from 20:00 to 02:00. Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 to 1:00.
There may be pictures of so-called selected groups to see.
Dutch: None. It’s only two years ago that Joost Luiten was allowed to attend San Francisco.
Beautiful names: All top players are expected to be present. Phil Mickelson has canceled, while Paul Casey (injured back for months) and Sungjae Im (covid-19) are also not participating. The participation of Bryson DeChambeau (wrist) has not yet been determined.
Winner in 2021: Phil Mickelson
Last five winners: 2021 – Phil Mickelson (US), 2020 – Colin Morikawa (US), 2019 – Brooks Koepka (US), 2018 – Brooks Koepka (US), 2017 – Justin Thomas (US)
Special circumstances: This PGA Championship has everything it takes to become one of the most remarkable majors of the last few decades.
Start positive? There’s a fair chance a new name will appear on Olympus of golf: a player who has won all the Majors at least once.
The list now includes the names of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.
Jordan Spieth has won The Masters (2015), US Open (2015) and The Open (2017) – all once. If he wins the PGA Championship, the Texan will come full circle.
It took Woods from 1997-2000 to win the four majors. Jack Nicklaus from 1962-1966, Gary Player from 1959-1965. Ben Hogan from 1946-1954 and Gene Sarazen from 1922-1935.
This is the fifth time that Southern Hills is hosting the PGA Championship. No job can boast of such a story.
The course from 1936 – designed by Perry Maxwell – was overtaken by Gil Hanse in 2015. He made the work impressive by, among other things, using old photos and documents. The greens were rebuilt and equipped with a cooling or heating system. The t-shirts and the 87 bunkers look pretty much as they were when they were built. However, the fairway bunkers were moved. After all, the current generation is making significant progress.
Hanse thus brought back the old grandeur of the Southern Hills, but also managed to turn it into a modern ‘large golf course’. This link goes to the story behind it in words and pictures. One recommended for those who want to watch the championship this week at the Ziggo Sport Golf.
Tiger Woods was the last winner at Southern Hills in 2007. Woods won fifteen years ago with a score of eight under par and two strokes ahead of Woody Austin.
He played the second round in 63 strokes, which then equaled the Major record. Now it’s 62, after an excellent third round from Branden Grace in the 2017 Open Championship won by Jordan Spieth at Royal Birkdale.
Woods’ birdie putt at eighteen disappeared into the hole – only to inexplicably reappear.
Southern Hills was briefly 382 meters shorter in 2007, and the PGA Championship was played in August, where it was extremely hot, sunny and with a light breeze.
In short, the new version of the Southern Hills and PGA Championship is different in every way.
For, dear golf friends, this week is not just about excellent players, a great course, a potential Grand Slam career and a championship with a history dating back to 1916.
It’s also about the tumult that has occupied the most important Tours and the best – around – two hundred players in the world for some time. The threat of a rift in golf, brought on by a dictatorial ruled country that has nothing to do with golf – and in fact almost no other sport – but which wants to clean up its bloody and dirty alley.
And that regime, with its cash register many times larger than Joakim McDuck’s, has hired someone who has been running around frustrated for decades because no sensible person in the golf world will listen to him and because he has many crucial moments in the game. Majors if a soufflé collapsed.
Greg Norman goes crazy to get his will. As a mercenary who basically justifies any offense on the part of the Saudi regime by saying that everyone makes mistakes from time to time.
It is conceivable that Greg Norman will publish his player list next week for his first limp tournament in London – because it is, even though there may be twice as much money in the pool as in Tulsa.
That Phil Mickelson is not participating has everything to do with Norman and the Saudis. He was about to snap, and then he suddenly came up with striking statements about the regime there. Phil has retired and is not defending his title this week.
Rory McIlroy says the Saudi LIV Tour is ‘dead in the water’.
I just do not know yet. For many players, money is a more important motivator than winning big titles. And you know the saying: if there is one sheep over the dam, more will follow.

DP World Tour
Another week to wait and then the 101st edition of Dutch Open on the program. A great course is expected to play at Bernardus from 26 – 29 May. You can pre-order tickets here.

PGA Tour
From May 26-29, the 8.4 million doped course will be played at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on the short but difficult course at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Charles Schwab Classic (details) played.

A week’s rest for the ladies in the top division of women’s golf. From 25 – 29 May it will be Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play game (more details).
The backdrop for the $ 1.5 million championship is Shadow Creek near Las Vegas.

Europe Tour for women
From 19 – 21 May it is Jabra Ladies Open on the program. The 250,000-euro tournament (details and scoring) takes place in eastern France at the Evian Resort Golf Club, which we mainly know from the Evia Championship, one of the five Majors.
Anne van Dam, Pasqualle Coffa and Romy Meekers participate.

Challenge Tour
Finally, the Challenge Tour season 2022 continues. From 19 – 22 May at Nova Sancti Petri near Cadiz, Spanish Challenge Open (more details and scoring).
Lars van Meijel and Robbie van West are on the list of participants.

Satellite tours
The Pro Golf Tour will not continue until June 22-24 Polish Open (peculiarities).
The Alps Tour continues the season from 25 – 27 May with the play in Italy – near Como Memorial Giorgio Bordonic (peculiarities).

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