Monday Notebook: Woodland makes it 156
By The PGA of America
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – With his victory Sunday in the PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open, Gary Woodland earned the final spot into the 156-player field for the 95th PGA Championship here at Oak Hill.
PICK THE HOLE, AT NO. 15: A reminder that for the first time ever, golf fans worldwide are able to have a direct impact on the hole location of a major championship. The PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus provides unprecedented golf fan engagement and education, with fans being able to vote on PGA.com for one of four exciting and challenging final-round hole locations for the par-3, 181-yard 15th hole at Oak Hill.
Nicklaus, whose fifth and final PGA Championship victory occurred at Oak Hill in 1980, collaborated with PGA Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh to select the 15th hole due to the impact it will likely have on the outcome of the 95th PGA Championship. Haigh identified and selected each of four distinct Championship hole locations for fans to vote on, through Saturday, Aug. 10.
On Aug. 11, during Sunday’s final-round coverage on TNT and CBS, fans will be able to see the winning hole position that will be used on the 15th green.
PGA.com, the Official Website of The PGA of America which is managed by Turner Sports, is offering video vignettes from Nicklaus that will educate golfers on how course setup impacts a golfer’s strategy in playing a hole.
A sweepstakes will also be held on PGA.com in conjunction with the “Challenge,” with entrants having an opportunity to win a behind-the-scenes experience for two during the 2014 PGA Championship at Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
FANVISION OFFERS NEW VIEWS: Spectators who attend the 95th PGA Championship beginning Thursday, will have the opportunity to enjoy unprecedented live access to exclusive on-course coverage through FanVision’s handheld TV device.
At the Season’s Final Major, FanVision will put personalized and instant content in the hands of spectators on the East Course. Golf fans will be able to view multiple channels of in-depth audio and video coverage throughout the Championship, greatly enhancing their on-site experience. FanVision users will have access to countless hours of golf, regardless of where they are on the course.
Fans can follow their favorite players through real-time scoring, hole-by-hole cameras and much more.
FanVision devices are currently available for spectators online at http://www.fanvision.com/pgachampionship at a special pre-rental, online-only price of $20 per day and $60 for all four rounds of the Championship.
Starting Thursday morning, a limited number of complimentary FanVision devices will be available for media at the Registration Desk.
PLANTING TREES, GIVING BACK: On Sunday (Aug. 4), more than 30 volunteers from the community of Penfield, The PGA of America, Lexmark and The Nature Conservancy planted 33 trees – 18 American Elm and 15 White Swamp Oak – at Rothfuss Park in Penfield. The planting, however, did more than offset the impact of printing and paper products generated over the course of the 95th PGA Championship.
The project, the third collaborative effort between The PGA of America and Lexmark in conjunction with a PGA-sanctioned spectator championship, also restores shade to recreational participants at the park, increases native habitat, and improves storm water management by helping the soil absorb moisture during heavy rains.
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DID YOU KNOW …
• Rory McIlroy, the defending PGA Champion, will host the annual Champions’ Dinner, Tuesday night in the Oak Hill clubhouse.
• Two-time PGA Champion Lee Trevino, who won the 1968 U.S. Open here at Oak Hill, will be recognized Wednesday night with the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the Association’s highest annual honor. Media are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
• Tom Watson, the 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team Captain, will make his 32nd PGA Championship appearance this week, the most of any player in the field. However, Watson has not played in the PGA Championship since 2003. Watson has never won the PGA Championship but he ranks highly in several all-time PGA Championship statistical categories: Most Rounds Played (112, fourth all-time); Most Top-10 Finishes (10, second all-time); Most Top-25 Finishes (18, second all-time); Most Sub-Par Rounds (41, second all-time); Most Rounds in the 60s (27, tied for third all-time); Most Cuts Made (25, third all-time).
• PGA Club Professional Kirk Hanefeld, of Acton, Mass., is in the field this week, 23 years after his first and only appearance in the PGA Championship. Hanefeld, 57, earned a berth into the 95th PGA Championship by finishing among the top 20 in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship in June.
• Peter Uihlein, who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur and is making his PGA Championship debut, is the son of Wally Uihlein, chairman and chief executive officer of the Acushnet Company.
NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY: Even without a victory, Jason Day of Australia has had two exceptional outings in the three major championships played this year. Day finished third in the Masters and tied for second in the U.S. Open. (He also tied for 32nd in the Open Championship.)
GREAT SCOTT: Fellow Aussie Adam Scott has been even more impressive, having won the Masters and tied for third at the Open Championship. (Scott tied for 45th in the U.S. Open.
DON’T FORGET PHIL: Phil Mickelson has complemented his first Open Championship with a tie for second at the U.S. Open. He also tied for 54th at the Masters.
AND JUSTIN’S TIME: Justin Rose won his first major championship, at the U.S. Open, but did not fare especially well at the other two majors held so far this year – tied for 25th at the Masters and missed the cut at the Open Championship.
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY PRACTICE ROUND GROUNDS TICKETS AVAILABLE: Daily practice round grounds tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday are still available for purchase. All tickets for the Championship proper – Thursday through Sunday – are sold out.
95th PGA CHAMPIONSHIP … BY THE NUMBERS:
4: Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame in the field this week (Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Tom Watson)
26: Most consecutive PGA Championship appearances by a player in the field this week (Mark Brooks)
74.31: Stroke average for the field in the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill
74.82: Stroke average for the field in the 1980 PGA Championship at Oak Hill