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June 13, 2015 - 12:30pm
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Sahalee Country Club
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The PGA of America announced on Saturday, June 13, that the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship will be played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. It's the first time the tournament will be played in the Pacific Northwest.

NEW YORK (June 13, 2015) -- Sahalee Country Club, located in Sammamish, Washington, has been named the site of the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, marking the first time this major championship will be played in the Pacific Northwest. The Championship, contested June 9-12, 2016, is a collaboration between the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

Sahalee Country Club, site of the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, becomes the second Washington state site to host a U.S. women’s major, following the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open in 1946, in Spokane.

“The tremendous success of our inaugural effort at Westchester Country Club further builds on KPMG’s commitment to expanding opportunities for women on and off the golf course,” said KPMG Global Chairman John Veihmeyer. “With the PGA of America and LPGA, we are proud to take the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to Sahalee Country Club—a site that has previously hosted major championships on the men’s tour and that will keep elevating the caliber of courses for the world’s best women golfers. At the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be held on-site the day before the start of the Championship, we will continue our focus on inspiring new generations of women leaders to advance into the C-suite.”

RELATED: Sahalee CC President 'couldn't be more thrilled' to host 2016 KPMG Women's PGA

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, brings together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing charitable initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.

“The PGA of America is excited about partnering with KPMG and the LPGA in taking this Championship to some of the finest venues in the country and bringing new audiences into supporting women in golf,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “Sahalee Country Club has a proven record of excellence in hosting major championships and we anticipate that it will be a spectacular setting for spectators as well as millions of viewers worldwide.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field of 156 will include the top eight finishers from the previous year’s LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, including PGA of America women members if they rank among the eight positions.

“One of the key pieces of our collaboration with KPMG and the PGA of America was the commitment to bringing this Championship to world-class venues, and Sahalee Country Club will provide a great major championship test for our players,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “The Pacific Northwest has always been a strong supporter of the LPGA and we are excited to bring the Tour back to Seattle for the first time since 1999.”

Designed by Ted Robinson in 1969 and renovated by Rees Jones in 1996, Sahalee Country Club takes its name after the Chinook phrase, “High Heavenly Ground.” The par-72 layout was carved out of the tall majestic Cedar and Douglas Fir native to the Pacific Northwest and is consistently ranked among America’s greatest courses. It will play to 6,692 yards in the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

"Sahalee is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with KPMG, the PGA of America and the LPGA to host another PGA Major Championship,” said Sahalee Country Club President Steve Oaks. “Sahalee has a longstanding relationship with the PGA of America and we are honored to be selected from among the finest golf venues to host a Championship, which is consistent with our club's mission. When we learned of the PGA of America's plan to couple this Major Championship with the women's leadership summit, we were eager to be a part of this innovative Championship.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship continues the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship, and celebrated its 2015 Championship this week at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. The Championship, offering a purse of $3.5 million, is operated by the PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA.

The LPGA Championship began in 1955, five years after the birth of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Past champions include legendary players Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Inbee Park.


Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods
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Rickie Fowler, a consistent contender in majors lately, is paired with Tiger Woods, who is looking to regain his major form.
The U.S. Golf Association has released the tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, and, as expected, as put together several powerhouse pairings.
Among the most prominent groups:
--Tiger Woods is paired with Rickie Fowler and former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen at 2:28 p.m. on Thursday and 8:28 a.m. on Friday.
--Directly in front of them at 2:17 p.m. Thursday and 8:17 a.m. Friday is the trio of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and former U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.
--World no. 1 Rory McIlroy is grouped with defending champion Martin Kaymer and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang from south korea.
--Phil Mickelson, looking to complete his carer Grand Slam, will go out with Bubba Watson and two-time major winner Angel Cabrera at 7:33 a.m. on Thursday and 1:33 p.m. on Friday.
--Also out early Thursday (8:17 a.m.) and late Friday (2:17 p.m.) is the trio of Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.
Here are the tee times for the first two rounds. All tee times are PDT:
Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10
7 a.m. / 1 p.m.: Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Marcus Fraser, Australia; TBD
7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m.: Garth Mulroy, South Africa; Richard Lee, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark
7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m.: Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (a) Kyle Jones, Snowflake, Ariz.; Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas
7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina
7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m.: Wen-Chong Liang, People's Republic of China; David Hearn, Canada; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m.: Robert Streb, Shawnee, Kan.; (a) Lee McCoy, Athens, Ga.; TBD
8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m.: George McNeill, Fort Myers, Fla.; Masahiro Kawamura, Japan; Cameron Tringale, Mission Viejo, Calif.
8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.
8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m. – Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Colin Montgomerie, Scotland
8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m.: Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Russell Henley, Macon, Ga.; Byeong-Hun An, Republic of Korea
8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Cleveland, Ohio; Marc Warren, Scotland; Matt Every, Jacksonville, Fla.
9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m.: Brandon Hagy, Los Angeles, Calif.; (a) Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C.; Sebastian Cappelen, Denmark
9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m.: (a) Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.; Alex Kim, Fullerton, Calif.; Rich Berberian Jr., Derry, N.H.
Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1
7 a.m. / 1 p.m.: Troy Kelly, Lakewood, Wash.; Seuk Hyun Baek, Republic of Korea; Cameron Smith, Australia
7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m.: John Parry, England; TBD; (a) Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.
7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m.: Timothy O'Neal, Savannah, Ga.; Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kurt Barnes, Australia
7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; Victor Dubuisson, France; John Senden, Australia
7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m.: TBD; Morgan Hoffmann, Jupiter, Fla.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria
7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m.: Marcel Siem, Germany; Alexander Levy, France; Brian Harman, St. Simons Island, Ga.
8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.
8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m.: Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain
8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Germany; (a) Gunn Yang, Republic of Korea; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m.: Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas; Chris Kirk, Milton, Ga.; Jamie Donaldson, Wales
8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Keegan Bradley, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kevin Na, Diamond Bar, Calif.
9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m.: (a) Sam Horsfield, England; Shunsuke Sonoda, Japan; Oliver Farr, Wales
9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m.: Kevin Lucas, Folsom, Calif.; Pat Wilson, Andover, N.J.; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas
Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10
1 p.m. / 7 a.m.: Jason Palmer, England; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Andres Romero, Argentina
1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m.: (a) Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md.; D.A. Points, Windermere, Fla.; Shiv Kapur, India
1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m.: (a) Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Blayne Barber, Auburn, Ala.; Billy Hurley III, Annapolis, Md.
1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Ernie Els, South Africa; Retief Goosen, South Africa
1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Jenks, Okla.; Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz.; Tony Finau, Lehi, Utah
1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m.: Lee Janzen, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga.; Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland
2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m.: Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Danny Lee, New Zealand
2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England
2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ian Poulter, England
2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; Anirban Lahiri, India; Erik Compton, Coral Gables, Fla.
3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m.: (a) Jake Knapp, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Tyler Duncan, Columbus, Ind.; Matt Mabrey, Little Rock, Ark.
3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m.: Michael Davan, Hoopeston, Ill.; (a) Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Andrew Pope, Orlando, Fla.
Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1
1 p.m. / 7 a.m.: Tom Hoge, Fort Worth, Texas; Brad Fritsch, Holly Springs, N.C.; Tjaart van der Walt, South Africa
1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m.: Brad Elder, Dallas, Texas; (a) Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Jamie Lovemark, Scottsdale, Ariz.
1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m.: Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Luke Donald, England; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.
1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.; (a) Bradley Neil, Scotland; Marc Leishman, Australia
1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Danny Willett, England
1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m.: TBD; George Coetzee, South Africa; Alexander Noren, Sweden
2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m.: Brendon Todd, Atlanta, Ga.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand
2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Paul Casey, England; Lee Westwood, England
2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m.: Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Hunter Mahan, Dallas, Texas
2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Ben Martin, Greenville, S.C.; Stephen Gallacher, Scotland
2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m.: Charley Hoffman, Las Vegas, Nev.; Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Tommy Fleetwood, England
3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m.: Mark Silvers, Thunderbolt, Ga.; (a) Brian Campbell, Irvine, Calif.; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei
3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m.: TBD; Jared Becher, Reno, Nev.; Samuel Saunders, Fort Collins, Colo.
June 12, 2015 - 2:13pm
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Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson is at Chambers Bay preparing for next week's U.S. Open. By the looks of this putt, Watson at least has the undulated greens at Chambers Bay figured out.

Bubba Watson is out in Seattle already preparing for next week's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, which looks more like the type of course you'd expect to see an Open Championship played on.

With the shapes and undulations on the Chambers Bay greens, we're guaranteed to see some wild putts during the tournament.

RELATED: Ewart Shadoff holes putt with 30 feet of break | KPMG Women's PGA Champ. leaderboard

But, why wait for the tournament to begin next Thursday to witness something fun on the greens?

Check out this putt by Watson with his back to the hole:




I love the end where Watson is waiting at the hole to pick the ball out of the cup as it drops.

Hard to believe that's just the second-best putt we've seen today. No. 1 goes to Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, which you can see here.

June 12, 2015 - 2:02pm
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Karrie Webb
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Karrie Webb, a seven-time LPGA major winner, is in a familiar position at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship -- possessing the lead.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- In conditions on Friday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship that were more demanding than Thursday's first round, seven-time major winner Karrie Webb played like the seasoned veteran she is and carded a 2-under 71.

The 71, along with Webb's 68 on Thursday, gave Webb the early clubhouse lead in the second round at 7-under 139.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Champ. leaderboard | Ewart Shadoff holes putt with 30 feet of break

"I just think the greens are firmer," Webb said. "It's just a little more challenging to get the ball close. The wind is out of a slightly different direction so the course -- I think the longer holes yesterday played a lot shorter than they -- a lot longer today than they did yesterday. So I think that's making a little bit more challenging. It's hard to get -- tucked pins and then the greens are getting firm, it's hard to get it in there close."

Though it may have been challenging, Webb made it look easy. Her lone bogey on the day came at the par-3 16th hole, but she recovered from that with a birdie at the final hole.

"Nice to finish with a birdie on the last," Webb said.

Webb's last major victory was nine years ago at the ANA Inspiration. In terms of regular LPGA events, Webb last won in March of 2014 at the JTBC Founders Cup.

At 40 years old, Webb is doing what you'd expect a successful, gritty veteran to do -- she limits mistakes.

"I feel comfortable with where I put myself," Webb said of her 7 under total through two rounds. "Who knows if that will be leading or tied for the lead or one behind tomorrow. I'm just really happy to have played the course really solidly for two days and see what happens on the weekends." 

June 12, 2015 - 1:24pm
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Jodi Ewart Shadoff
The only thing missing from this Jodi Ewart Shadoff par putt in the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Friday was a windmill.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England hit what might end up being the greatest putt we see this week in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Friday's second round at Westchester Country Club (it may have even been the best putt of the year in golf, period).

Playing the par-4 seventh hole, Ewart Shadoff was faced with a 25-foot par putt. However, because of the undulation in Westchester's greens, Ewart Shadoff had to take an insane line to even think about getting the ball close to the hole -- roughly 30 feet of break.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard | Round 2 photos from Westchester

With her back to the hole, fans must have been scratching their heads as Ewart struck the ball up a slope, aimed off the green. Just before the ball hit the fringe, it snapped off to the left and rolled about 30 feet before dying into the hole.

Check it out:


The only thing missing on this putt was the windmill. What an amazing effort. 

June 12, 2015 - 11:57am
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Dude Perfect
FootGolf is an alternative to traditional golf and now, the guys over at Dude Perfect, have another alternative -- golf with everything but golf equipment. It looks like it could be fun.

The boys over at Dude Perfect put together some of the best and most fun videos on the internet. This latest effort is no exception.

Playing golf with a bag filled with sports gear -- everything but golf equipment -- the boys set out to see how low a score they can record on a hole.

RELATED: Dude Perfect tees up incredible trick-shot video | Golf stereotypes

The catch? Once you use an item for a shot -- a soccer ball, bat and ball, football, etc. -- you can't use it again.

Check out the video here:


Fun video, but I'll stick to the traditional golf gear.