Thursday, August 17

2017 Solheim Cup: U.S. Rookie Danielle Kang Is Ready to Stripe It

THE 2017 SOLHEIM CUP SWINGS INTO ACTION on Friday in Des Moines, Iowan. The Opening Ceremony is Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Judging from the above clip via Instagram, U.S. team member Danielle Kang is ready to play for her country.

Following are the squads.

United States
Captain: Juli Inkster
Paula Creamer
Austin Ernst
Danielle Kang
Cristie Kerr
Brittany Lang
Stacy Lewis
Brittany Lincicome
Gerina Pillar
Lizette Salas
Lexi Thompson
Michelle Wie
Angela Yin

Captain: Annika Sorenstam
Carlota Ciganda
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Karine Icher
Caroline Masson
Catriona Matthew
Anna Nordqvist
Florentyna Parker
Emily Pedersen
Mel Reid
Madelene Sagstrom

Wednesday, August 16

Golf on TV: Solheim Cup, Wyndham Championship, Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 15, 2017) – The best in the women’s game representing the U.S. and Europe are in Des Moines, Iowa for the biennial Solheim Cup. Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam captain the Americans and Europeans respectively in their quest to claim the trophy. This year marks the Solheim Cup’s return to network television for the first time in 15 years, as NBC will broadcast coverage on Saturday and Sunday. The last time the two teams met in 2015, the United States narrowly clinched the victory, 14 ½ - 13 ½, the closest margin in the event’s history. The PGA TOUR will stay in North Carolina this week as players head to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham Championship; the last tournament before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. Kevin Kisner, who led the PGA Championship going into the final round, and world No. 9 Henrik Stenson headline the field as players look to cement their place inside the Top 125 of the season-long standings. The PGA TOUR Champions head to Upstate New York for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, as Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer looks for his fifth win of the season. Paul Lawrie plays host and competitor this week on the European Tour for the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Germany, with a field of 64 vying for the title.


Solheim Cup
Date: August 18-20
Venue: Des Moines Country Club, West Des Moines, Iowa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-7 p.m. (Live, Opening Ceremony)
Friday              9 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)Saturday   8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            12:30-4 p.m. (Live)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
U.S. defends: The United States won in 2015 for the first time since 2009, after narrowly defeating Europe in the closet margin in the event’s history.
United States Team: Paula Creamer, Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Gerina Pillar, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Angela Yin. Captain: Juli Inkster.
European Team: Carlota Ciganda, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Georgia Hall, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Florentyna Parker, Emily Pedersen, Suzann Pettersen, Mel Reid and Madelene Sagstrom. Captain: Annika Sorenstam.


Wyndham Championship
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2-6 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Friday              2-4 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            7-10 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Last chance to earn spot in FedEx Cup Playoffs: The Wyndham Championship serves as the final event in which players can earn points to solidify their position within the top 125 of the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs, beginning next week.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Chris Stroud.


Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: August 18-20
Venue: En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              7:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            4-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast notes:
Goydos defends: Paul Goydos won by two shots over Wes Short Jr.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Paul Goydos, John Daly, Corey Pavin, Mark O’Meara, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Kenny Perry and Ian Woosnam.


Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Dates: August 17-20
Venue: Bad Griesbach Golf Resort, Bad Griesbach, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6:30-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday              6-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-7 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast notes:
Wall defends: Anthony Wall defeated Alex Noren 1-up last year to capture his second career Tour win, and first in more than 16 years. Wall holds the record for the longest period between victories on the European Tour.
Headlining the field: Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry, Paul Lawrie, Edoardo Molinari, Richie Ramsey and Anthony Wall.

Monday, August 14

Justin Thomas: 'PGA Definitely Had a Special Place in My Heart'

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JUSTIN THOMAS BROKE FROM A PACK of contenders to win the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The son of a PGA club professional and a close friend of three-time major winner Jordan Spieth, Thomas shot a closing 68 to claim his first major victory.

"[T]he PGA definitely had a special place in my heart," Thomas said, "and maybe a special drive. It's just a great win for the family, and it’'s a moment we'll never forget — all of us."

Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen finished in a tie for second. Third-round leader Kevin Kisner (74), who held at least a share of the lead for much of Sunday, faltered on the incoming nine and tied for seventh. World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama also stumbled to the clubhouse, finishing with a 72 that landed him in fifth.

Thanks to clutch shot making, a warm putter and a timely break or two, Thomas separated himself on the incoming nine and survived the Green Mile to fulfill his dream of winning that first major. One of the first people to congratulate him when he walked off the 18th green was his pal since boyhood.

"So awesome, dude," said Spieth.

Saturday, August 12

VIDEO: 94-Year-Old Golf Legend Jackie Burke Jr. on 'Feherty'

ABOVE AND BELOW ARE CLIPS of Jackie Burke Jr., who was on 'Feherty' this past week. Can you believe this man is 94?

In the above sequence, Burke talks about the golf swing and hits a few balls. Below, he tells David Feherty about playing the tour in the 1950s when everyone held a club pro job. (There was very little money on the circuit.) If you did well at tournaments, you could get your name in the New York Times, Burke explained. Lessons would then pick up and increase your earnings.

Burke won 16 times on the PGA Tour, including the Masters and PGA Championship in 1956. He was also a Ryder Cup player (7-1-0) and captain.

Thursday, August 10

2017 PGA Championship TV Schedule and Live Streaming Coverage

THE 2017 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP IS UNDERWAY at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jimmy Walker is the defending champion. Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and last week's winner, Hideki Matsuyama, are favorites. The field of 156 tour and club professionals are playing for the Wanamaker Trophy and much more.

Here's how to watch the men's final major championship of the year.


All times are Eastern.

Thursday, 8/10
TNT: 1 – 7 p.m.

Featured Group 1 (Turner)
8:25 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth
1:35 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler

Featured Group 2 (CBS)
8:35 a.m. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson
1:25 p.m. Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner

Friday, 8/11
TNT 1 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8/12
TNT: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CBS: 2 - 7 p.m.

Sunday, 8/13
TNT: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CBS: 2 - 7 p.m.


Live streaming coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday and will continue through the second round on Friday. You can also watch video highlights at

Tuesday, August 8

2017 PGA Championship First Round Tee Times

FOLLOWING ARE THURSDAY TEE TIMES for the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

All times ET.
Tee No. 1
7:20 a.m. — Grayson Murray, Rich Berberian Jr., Peter Uihlein
7:30 a.m. — Adam Rainaud, Tony Finau, Fabrizio Zanotti
7:40 a.m. — Younghan Song, Dave McNabb, Charles Howell III
7:50 a.m. — Sung Kang, Wesley Bryan, Dylan Frittelli
8 a.m. — William McGirt, Francesco Molinari, Jim Herman
8:10 a.m. — Gary Woodland, Andy Sullivan, Kyle Stanley
8:20 a.m. — Rich Beem, Vijay Singh, John Daly
8:30 a.m. — Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, J.B. Holmes
8:40 a.m. — Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele, Rod Pampling
8:50 a.m. — Thorbjorn Olesen, Brendan Steele, Hudson Swafford
9 a.m. — Cameron Smith, Bernd Wiesberger, Brandon Stone
9:10 a.m. — K.T. Kim, Greg Gregory, James Hahn
9:20 a.m. — Richard Sterne, Ryan Vermeer, Chris Stroud
12:35 p.m. — Lucas Glover, Matt Dobyns, Hideto Tanihara
12:45 p.m. — Mike Small, Jason Kokrak, Satoshi Kodaira
12:55 p.m. — Thomas Bjorn, Branden Grace, Pat Perez
1:05 p.m. — Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson
1:15 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Si Woo Kim
1:25 p.m. — Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner
1:35 p.m. — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler
1:45 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker
1:55 p.m. — Daniel Berger, Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner
2:05 p.m. — Ross Fisher, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryan Moore
2:15 p.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Smith
2:25 p.m. — Alex Beach, Sean O'Hair, Kevin Na
2:35 p.m. — Chris Moody, Luke List, Jamie Lovemark
Tee No. 10
7:25 a.m. — Shane Lowry, Stuart Deane, Pablo Larrazabal

7:35 a.m. — Alex Noren, Scott Herbert, Russell Knox
7:45 a.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter
7:55 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Robert Streb, Chris Wood
8:05 a.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed
8:15 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey

8:25 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth
8:35 a.m. — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson
8:45 a.m. — Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley, Davis Love III
8:55 a.m. — Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood, Charley Hoffman
9:05 a.m. — David Lingmerth, Scott Brown, Nicolas Colsaerts
9:15 a.m. — Scott Hend, Kenny Pigman, Andrew Johnston
9:25 a.m. — Kelly Kraft, Brian Smock, Patrick Rodgers
12:30 p.m. — David Muttitt, Bud Cauley, Graham DeLaet
12:40 p.m. — Rod Perry, Yuta Ikeda, Emiliano Grillo
12:50 p.m. — Joost Luiten, Paul Claxton, Russell Henley
1 p.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Thongchai Jaidee, Soren Kjeldsen
1:10 p.m. — Omar Uresti, Y.E. Yang, Shaun Micheel
1:20 p.m. — Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri
1:30 p.m. — Byeong Hun An, Kevin Chappell, Mackenzie Hughes
1:40 p.m. — Jonas Blixt, Steve Stricker, Brian Harman
1:50 p.m. — D.A. Points, Tyrrell Hatton, Adam Hadwin
2 p.m. — Martin Laird, Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell
2:10 p.m. — Jeunghun Wang, Alexander Levy, Jamie Broce
2:20 p.m. — JJ Wood, Ryan Fox, Haotong Li
2:30 p.m. — Jaysen Hansen, Cody Gribble, Chez Reavie

Sunday, August 6

Hideki Matsuyama Fires 61 at Firestone to Win WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Kim Claims Women's British Open

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA HASN'T WON A MAJOR, but it seems as if it's just a matter of time for the No. 3 ranked golfer in the world.

The Japanese star rallied to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday (his third victory this season) by putting together a record-tying 61 on Firestone Country Club. The blistering round included birdies on the final three holes. Zach Johnson was a distant second, five shots off the pace.

Matsuyama has now won two World Golf Championships. He bagged the HSBC Champions last fall, also a blowout, him winning by seven strokes.

But the 25-year-old PGA Tour player didn't see a 61 at Firestone, or another title, especially after a final-round warm-up session that left him wondering about the direction of the golf ball.

"[M]y expectations really at the beginning of this week weren't that high ... and here we are," Matsuyama said.

The PGA Championship begins at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte on Thursday.

"I haven't won a major yet," Matsuyama added. "I have a lot of work left to do. But that's not to say that I don't have confidence."

Kim Wins Women's British Open

I.K. Kim took a 6-shot lead into the final round of the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns Links in St. Andrews, Scotland, and held on to claim her first major championship title.

''I cannot describe my feelings,'' Kim said after a final-round 71 produced a two-shot victory. ''I just tried to have some fun, but it wasn't fun on the back nine.''

Friday, August 4

VIDEO: Jordan Spieth: 'I'm Gonna Try Something Stupid Here'

DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. Why? Because you're not Jordan Spieth.

Even Jordan Spieth questioned his own intelligence. But he went ahead with the shot, telling caddie Michael Greller, "Put the bag over there and just watch, OK?"

This must be why it's hard to talk players out of a shot if you're Greller or Bones, Phil's former bag man. They're capable of anything. And they know it.

Spieth shot an opening 67 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Wednesday, August 2

Q&A: Preview of Quail Hollow Club, Site of 2017 PGA Championship

This edited report is courtesy of Marc Whitney at the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).

Tom Marzolf (Fazio Golf Course Designers, Inc.) and Senior Design Associate Blake Bickford responded to questions via Twitter on July 26, discussing Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, host to the 2017 PGA Championship that begins next week.

Here's an edited version of their chat with golf fans.

Q: Can you talk about the rich history and design of Quail Hollow Club?

A: George Cobb, ASGCA, designed course which first opened in 1961. We still use the same fairway corridors today. Though the greens are certainly larger.

Q: Quail Hollow opened in 1961. When did Fazio Golf Course Designers first work on the golf course?

A: The first visit was in 1993, the initial steps in preparation for a 1996 renovation. That renovation impacted about 25% of course. For example, the 9th green was within 30' of clubhouse; that's valuable real estate! So, we moved the golf away a bit from the clubhouse.

Q: Were any additional specific updates made to Quail Hollow after the PGA Championship was awarded to the club?

A: The Master Plan that was implemented years ago at the course is still in use. Over time, there have been updates to the greens, grasses, bunkers, etc. in 2016 there was a redesign of four holes following the PGA Tour event; Bermuda grass was planted on greens and bunker sand was replaced.

Q: Does that means golfers will compete on a dramatically different course than before?

A: Yes, certainly on the front 9. Hole No. 1 was lengthened by 100 yards; No. 2 was removed completely and the course routing greatly improved.

Q: Is there a signature hole at Quail Hollow Club?

A: The final several holes are known as the "Green Mile." It is a tough way to finish. No. 18 has a number of fairway angles, bunker on the right is in play, as is the creek on the left.

Q: "Firm and fast" greens is the case at recent majors. Will this be the case at Quail Hollow?

A: Champion Bermuda grass will keep the greens firm and fast. Originally, the course was planted with 328 Bermuda; now we use 419 Bermuda.

Q: If I'm watching the PGA Championship from home, what should I focus on to better enjoy the tournament?

A: Quail Hollow has great character, with undulations throughout the course, leading to variety of shots. Water on both the front and back 9 makes the entire course a challenge. Every golfer in the field has the ability to shoot low scores one day at Quail Hollow, but they might stall out on other days.

Q: What is the future for Quail Hollow beyond the PGA Championship?

A: The PGA Tour returns with the Wells Fargo Championship in 2018. And in 2021, Quail Hollow will host the Presidents Cup.

Q: No pressure on you gentlemen to predict the winning score, but Ron Whitten (one of the golf course architects at Erin Hills) called the U.S. Open score on the number!

A: The PGA sets up scoring for their championship. Traditionally -10 or -12 would be a good score.

Q: Any other holes of interest for the TV viewers?

A: No. 14 could be set up as a driveable par 4. Water is in play to varying degrees on Holes 14-18; which should make it dramatic for the players and fin to watch for viewers.

Q: Any additional thoughts on the PGA Championship?

A: Tom Fazio has a long-term relationship with the PGA; his courses have hosted three of the past 12 PGA Championships.