Sunday Notebook: Woods ready to win again?
By The PGA of America
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Four-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Sunday by a whopping seven strokes in Akron, Ohio. The only time that Woods won the PGA Championship a week after winning a tournament occurred in 2007, when he captured the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., following a victory the week before at the Bridgestone Invitational.
THE LAST TIME …: One doesn’t have to look long to find the last time that a player won a tournament, then went on to win a major championship the following week – Phil Mickelson did just that last month. Mickelson captured the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on July 14, and one week later played one of his greatest rounds ever to win his first Open Championship, at Muirfield, in Scotland.
JONES, WOODLAND MAKE IT 156: Since Woods, as the winner in Ohio, was already in the field as a PGA Champion, first alternate Matt Jones of Scottsdale, Ariz., gained a berth in the 156-player field. Gary Woodland, who won the Reno-Tahoe Open, also secured a spot.
WATCH OUT FOR STENSON: Henrik Stenson comes to Oak Hill and the 95th PGA Championship having played extremely well of late. Stenson finished second to Phil Mickelson at the Open Championship and tied for second at the Bridgestone Invitational.
In addition to his performance at the Open Championship, Stenson had respectable finishes in the other major championships of 2013 – T-18 in the Masters and T-21 in the U.S. Open.
MICHEEL, HARRINGTON OUT AND ABOUT AT OAK HILL: Shaun Micheel, who surprised the golf world by winning the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill, was among a small group of contestants who played practice rounds today on the East Course. Also spotted on the par-70 layout were 2008 PGA Champion Padraig Harrington, two-time PGA Champion Vijay Singh, and a dozen of the 20 PGA club professionals in the field, including three-time PGA Professional National Champion Mike Small, the men’s golf coach at the University of Illinois.
ONLY DAILY PRACTICE ROUND GROUNDS TICKETS LEFT: A reminder that daily practice round grounds tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, are the only ones left for sale this week. All other tickets are sold out.
95th PGA CHAMPIONSHIP … BY THE NUMBERS:
1: Number of U.S.-born golfers to win the PGA Championship since 2008 (Keegan Bradley, in 2011)
3: Number of players to finish under par in the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill – Champion Shaun Micheel, Chad Campbell and Tim Clark
4: Number of foreign-born golfers to win the PGA Championship since 2008 -- Padraig Harrington of Ireland, 2008; Y.E. Yang of South Korea, 2009; Martin Kaymer of Germany, 2010; and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, 2012
5: Number of players among the top 22 finishers in the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill, who are in the field this week – Shaun Micheel, Tim Clark, Ernie Els, Charles Howell III and Jim Furyk
64: Competitive course record on the East Course at Oak Hill, by Ben Hogan in the 1942 Times-Union Open and by Curtis Strange in the 1989 U.S. Open
65: Low 18-hole score in a PGA Championship held on the East Course at Oak Hill, by Chad Campbell in the third round in 2003
274: Winning score (6 under par) posted by Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club
276: Winning score (4 under par) posted by Shaun Micheel in the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club