August 2, 2012 - 6:56pm
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Luke Donald
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World No. 1 Luke Donald leads the year's strongest field into Kiawah.

As each golf season progresses, various tournaments take turns claiming to have the year's strongest field. The merits of the various gatherings of players can be debated, but it's tough to argue with the field for next week's PGA Championship. As of now, the top 108 players in the Official World Ranking – all 108 of them – are scheduled to tee it up on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

The roster includes 32 major champions, 71 international players representing 21 countries, 13 past PGA champions and all three of this year's major winners.

Could this be, from top to bottom, the best field ever assembled for a major championship? If it's not, it's certainly in the ballpark.

To read more about the field, click here.

August 2, 2012 - 12:42pm
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The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island
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Forbes praises the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island for its efforts to protect its seaside dunes from erosion and capture water for use in irrigation.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is hosting next week's PGA Championship, and it's also being singled out for its environmental stewardship. As much of the the United States suffers through a summer of record-breaking heat and drought, Forbes has named the Ocean Course as America’s most eco-friendly course.

"Along the shores of Kiawah Island, S.C. (30 minutes from Charleston), you'll find the Five-Star Sanctuary resort and five championship golf courses -- all classified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries for their conservation efforts. What you won't see is the 14 miles of drains and pipes under the Ocean Course that collect all of the water that falls onto the green and the cart paths -- picking up 300,000 gallons of fresh water a day (half of the water used to irrigate the course)," Forbes wrote. "Course designer Pete Dye created more than 22 acres of freshwater wetlands within the golf course, restored close to 80 acres of saltwater marshlands and planted native grasses to help preserve the dunes against erosion."

To read more, and see what other courses made the list, click here. And, of course, to check out the official coverage of the 2012 PGA Championship, click here.

August 2, 2012 - 10:36am
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Are you on Instagram? Look for us "pgacom" and get all the latest images from some of the great golf venues we visit! Visit Instagram on your mobile device and under the "Find Friends" menu - type in pgacom.

And be sure to share some of your great photos with us! Tag your shots #pgachamp on Twitter and Instagram for us to find - we'll share some of the best ones next week! 

August 1, 2012 - 12:23pm
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Special Olympics PSA
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A powerful new Public Service Announcement from the Special Olympics highlights some of the benefits of golf

As the Olympics are in full swing and you're enjoying the greatest athletes go 'faster, higher, stronger' - there are other athletes who may do an even better job of defining "winning." A friend sent me this link the other day and it truly touched everyone that watched. Think you should too.

Watch the video here.

August 1, 2012 - 12:03pm
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John Holmes
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Congrats to the U.S. women's gymnastics team for bringing home the Olympic gold medal in the team competition on Tuesday. Gymnasts' athleticism is always impressive, and I am especially amazed at the things they can do on the balance beam without falling off and killing themselves, or at least breaking an ankle. The difficulty of performing all those moves on the beam really came into focus for me when someone pointed out that the beam is 4 inches across while a golf hole is 4 1/4 inches across.

So remember that the next time you’re putting – as small as the cup looks, at least you’re just trying to roll a ball into it, not execute a double-reverse cartwheel with a twist.

Golf doesn’t seem quite so hard now, does it?

 

August 1, 2012 - 11:45am
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Crocs' latest golf shoe

The trend towards the "comfort shoe" in golf disturbs me just a little. And yes, I own a few pairs of the new style overwhelming the market and wear them more often than not when playing. They feel great. My concern isn't the functionality or the design. It's the shirt. Wait, what? The more casual appearance of the new shoes foretell of a time when tee shirts or tank tops may become acceptable apparel choices. Ridiculous concern? Probably. But one I have nonetheless. Nobody has desginated me the guardian of golf traditions and I like to think I'm a bit more forward thinking than the average golf guy. But the "look" of a golfer has always had an appeal - classy, refined, clean. I just hope that doesn't change as styles get a bit more avant garde.

Could shoes lead down the wrong path?