Notebook: Dye eager to start planning changes for 2015 PGA Championship

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Whistling Straits course architect Pete Dye has told course owner Herb Kohler that he has several ideas for changing the course in mind already.
Doug Ferguson
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Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 11:57 a.m.

The PGA Championship returns to Whistling Straits in 2015, but it's never too early to start planning. Herb Kohler says architect Pete Dye plans to be at the course on Friday to start getting ready.

"He has a date -- by his own wish -- and he's going to start tinkering," Kohler said Sunday evening after the tournament was over. "I walked the back nine with him. He has a dozen ideas."

Is one of them to change the bunkering? Apparently not.

"We may add a couple," Kohler said.

PLAYOFFS AWAIT: Michael Letzig is on the bubble this week at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

Letzig is at No. 125 in the FedExCup standings, with the top 125 after this week advancing to the first round of the PGA Tour Playoffs the following week at The Barclays.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir is at No. 126, followed by Jeff Quinney, George McNeill, Brett Quigley and Tom Pernice Jr.

Everyone from No. 100 to No. 125 in the standings has entered the Wyndham Championship this week except for three players -- Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin (No. 107), who is playing a Champions Tour major this week; Tiger Woods (No. 108), and Ben Curtis (No. 109).

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Twice this year, a player had a three-shot lead going into the final round of a major and watched it vanish before reaching the third hole. Dustin Johnson made a triple bogey on the second hole of the U.S. Open, and Nick Watney took a double bogey on the opening hole at the PGA Championship as Johnson made birdie.

For Johnson, it was surreal to watch Watney take three shots to reach the green with a wedge from the fairway.

"I felt his pain, having just been through it," Johnson said. "It's hard to explain what you're going through. It wasn't like he ever hit a god-awful shot. He got in a terrible lie, and it keeps on multiplying."

More disturbing to Johnson was to hear the shutter of a camera in Watney's swing on the par-3 seventh, where he hit into Lake Michigan and took triple bogey to fall out of the lead for good.

PHONE CALLS: Eleven players who were invited to Corey Pavin's barbecue during the PGA Championship and didn’t earn an automatic spot on his Ryder Cup team are guaranteed a phone call from him on the night of Sept. 6.

Pavin announces his four captain's picks the next morning in New York.

"Everyone there will get a call," Pavin said. "I was with Tom (Lehman) when he made the calls (in 2006), and I just think it's important to be in touch with everyone."

Pavin invited the top 20 on the point standings to the informal cookout, along with Ryan Palmer when he cracked the top 20 after his runner-up finish at Firestone.

Just as Paul Azinger did a year ago, Pavin has asked the PGA of America to continue a points list through the next three tournaments. Instead of using statistics, however, Pavin said he was more likely to use his instincts for his picks.

"It will not be based on the standings," he said. "A lot will be a gut feeling."

DIVOTS: Golfweek magazine reported that Matt Every, who was arrested during the John Deere Classic for possession of a controlled substance, has been suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for conduct unbecoming a professional. The PGA Tour does not comment on discipline. Every's management company said he would next be eligible to play at Disney, the final tournament of the year. ... Wyndham has signed up for another two years as title sponsor in Greensboro, putting it through 2012. It will remain the final tournament before the FedEx Cup playoffs. ... Foreign-born players have won the PGA Championship the last three years, the longest streak since the championship began in 1916.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Louis Oosthuizen missed the cut in every major except the British Open, which he won by seven shots.

FINAL WORD: "I was in the final group in two majors on Sunday. Obviously, I'm playing good golf." -- Dustin Johnson.



Add a couple of bunkers? Why not maintain the ones you have.