Notes: Ogilvy earns spot in field with Reno win
News and notes Sunday from the 2014 PGA Championship:
Geoff Ogilvy of Australia, the 2006 U. S. Open Champion, earned a berth in the 2014 PGA Championship with his victory today at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.
18 RETURN FROM 2008 RYDER CUP: A total of 18 of the 24 participants in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club are in the field for the 2014 PGA Championship. Ten of the returning players represented Europe in 2008:
Paul Casey; Sergio Garcia; Padraig Harrington; Miguel Angel Jimenez; Robert Karlsson; Graeme McDowell; Ian Poulter; Justin Rose; Henrik Stenson; Lee Westwood
The eight Americans who have come back to Valhalla:
Stewart Cink; Jim Furyk; J.B. Holmes; Hunter Mahan; Phil Mickelson; Kenny Perry; Steve Stricker; Boo Weekley
The United States victory at Valhalla is the only one the Americans have posted in six Ryder Cups held in the 2000s. The 2014 Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.
KENNY'S GOOD KARMA: Kentuckian Kenny Perry, whose 2 1/2 points were critical to the U.S. Ryder Cup victory in 2008, comes back to Valhalla with great momentum, having won the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour, by one stroke over Bernhard Langer today in Minnesota.
Perry, runner-up in the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla, received a special exemption from the PGA of America to compete this week. He starts the PGA Championship on Thursday at 1:35 p.m. on the first tee.
18 YEARS LATER, McGOVERN AND SCHNEITER ARE BACK: Two of the 20 PGA Club Professionals in the field competed in the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla. Jim McGovern, at the time a member of the PGA Tour, missed the 36-hole cut that year with rounds of 71-77 – 148. Now the PGA head professional at White Beeches Golf & Country Club in Haworth, New Jersey, McGovern will be playing in his fifth PGA Championship.
Steve Schneiter, PGA head professional at Schneiter's Pebble Brook in Sandy, Utah, also failed to make the 36-hole cut at Valhalla in 1996. While he hopes to improve on that in 2014, one thing is for sure -- Schneiter now has the most appearances (12) of any PGA Club Professional in the PGA Championship.
BLOCK PARTY, WITH MONTY: So, what do you get for winning the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship and thus, competing in your first PGA Championship? For Michael Block, you get to play the first two rounds at Valhalla with World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie.
Block, PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, will start play Thursday at 7:55 a.m. on the 10th tee with Montgomerie, who earned a spot in the field with his victory in May at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. They will be joined for the first 36 holes by Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Champion.
23 RETURN FROM 2000 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Including the eventual Champion that year, Tiger Woods, 23 players from the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla are in the field this week.
They are: Thomas Bjorn, Mark Brooks, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, John Daly, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Rory Sabbatini, Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Tom Watson, Lee Westwood and Woods.