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August 5, 2012 - 11:01pm
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Keegan Bradley at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
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Keegan Bradley now has three wins on the PGA Tour in the last 15 months, all with the use of a long putter.

Another week on the PGA Tour, another win for a long putter as Keegan Bradley drained a key 15-footer to save par on the final hole at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational final hole, then watched Jim Furyk miss a five-footer with a short putter to salvage bogey and force a playoff. The latest win with a long putter prompted a few reactions from other Tour players via Twitter:

Joe Ogilvie: Hmm...5 months until I peg it at the Sony Open, do I waste my time mastering belly putter or re-master short putter? Golf is now Congress.

Joe Ogilvie: I think anchoring has 24 months left. Rule will be +/- shaft can't come in contact w/any body part except for hands until you are 50.

Luke Donald: Nice one @Keegan_Bradley you got a spare belly putter for me to try?!?!

Luke List: omg bellyputter wins again! Media is to blame. If using a belly was cheating everyone would use #upgradingboat #congratsKB

A couple of quick thoughts:

--Joe Ogilvie's opinions are as well-informed as any. If he thinks anchoring will be gone in 24 months, I’m inclined to think he’s on to something.

--I can only chuckle at Luke List blaming the media for the long putter controversy. We golf writers certainly like to talk about the big issues of the day, but we only reflect what we see and hear out there. If so many top players and governing body officials weren’t conflicted about whether long putters should be legal or not, the issue wouldn't stay on the front burner.

To read the complete story of Bradley's victory, click here.
 

 

 

August 5, 2012 - 4:16pm
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John Kim
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PGA of America President Allen Wronowski tweeted out a photo from the Habitat for Humanity ribbon cutting.

PGA Championship week is off to a great start already with representatives from the PGA of America, Kiawah Island Golf Resort and others on hand to cut the ribbon on a new home.  

PGA President Allen Wronowski got his week off to a great start and tweeted his enthusiasm for the event with a photo above.  

A good reminder that golf is one of the largest generators of charitable contributions in this country and championships like the PGA Championship will have more than just one winner when the week is completed.  Nice work by my friends at the PGA.

[full photo gallery of the day to come!]

 

August 5, 2012 - 12:34am
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John Holmes
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Did you play golf on Saturday? President Obama did – in fact, he celebrated his 51st birthday with a round of golf with what the Associated Press called "a small group of friends and aides that included White House chef Sam Kass, a frequent golf partner."

There are plenty of different opinions about Obama out there, but none of us can argue one thing – it's good for the game when the president, whoever he is, is a golfer.

August 4, 2012 - 9:11pm
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A tweet from the PGA Tour: "Due to a threat of inclement weather, players will go off split tees at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday in final round of the Bridgestone Invitational."

August 4, 2012 - 1:40pm
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LoudMouth Golf at the Olympics
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Loudmouth Golf outfitted the United States beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser.

About six years ago, I was walking through the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and came across an apparel booth that certainly stood out.  I vividly recall telling the guys in the booth, "Your clothes are obnoxious, your music is too loud and I'd never wear that...I bet you guys make millions." We become fast friends. 

Two years later, I see my new friends at Loudmouth Golf at the PGA Championship - and they are walking with their newest endorser at the time - John Daly.  I invite them to meet some friends of mine in the media center.  Everyone points and laughs...but then later asks me if I can help them get a discount on some of their pants. 

Two years after that, I turn on the Winter Olympics and they have outfitted the Norwegian Curling team.  The worldwide demand for their pants shoot up so dramatically, they have some serious problems meeting the demand for a few months. (A great problem to have mind you, but nevertheless, a probelm.)

This year, they put their marketing power behind the 2008 gold medal winning beach volleyball team Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. Todd and Phil had a good run but were elimnated earlier today from medal contention. So does this mean a bad week for Loudmouth Golf? Um, quite the contrary.  

Read about their Olympic week here.

August 3, 2012 - 6:52pm
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The tee times and pairings for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship were released Friday afternoon. You can see them here in a .pdf file.

Here are some of the most prominent pairings, and some off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts:

Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer (8:30 a.m./1:40 p.m.)
Two players who broke through in the PGA Championship earlier than anyone ever thought will play with the greatest major championship performer of the modern era, and perhaps of all time.

Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els (1:20 p.m./8:10 a.m.)
Traditionally, the PGA Championship assembles the winners of the year’s first three majors into one marquee group. Els is on a roll, but Watson and Simpson are both trying to deal with the demands of parenthood.

Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson (1:40 p.m./8:30 a.m. Thursday)
Harrington is pushing hard to reclaim a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, but Love will be focused on Mickelson, who’s hanging near the bottom of the list for guaranteed spots on the American team thanks to an inconsistent season.  

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk (8:10 a.m./1:20 p.m.)
Furyk is on the comeback after a somewhat disappointing season so far, while Johnson is on the comeback from a season-wrecking injury and McIlroy is on the comeback from a year of inconsistent play. Johnson averages 305 yards off the tee, while McIlroy averages 304. Furyk, meanwhile, averages 279, so he’ll likely be hitting first into almost every green. 

Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera and Bill Haas (8:50 a.m./2:00 p.m.)
Westwood’s long quest for a first major title finds him paired with the efficient Haas and the all-or-nothing Cabrera.

Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia (1:10 p.m./8:00 a.m.)
Scott and Garcia can compare their major war wounds, while Mahan can see if he can step up to the next level with a breakthrough major victory.