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Wednesday
Aug092017

2017 PGA: First Round This And That

It's Glory's Second-To-Last Shot Before The Move To May!

The 2017 PGA gets underway at Quail Hollow, which was renovated in 89 days and, at least architecturally, conveys the feeling of a rush job lacking design permanence. Insipid two-dimensional bunkering, overzealous green contouring and several discreet anti-scoring touches explain why you've heard so few players offering praise for what is otherwise a world-class facility.

Michael Collins at ESPN.com with a fun caddie confidential on the player/caddie griping and plans to already fix one of the greens here.

Mercifully, superintendent Keith Wood's team is providing exceptional conditioning, the Charlotte fan energy is off-the-charts and more elite players seem to be on form heading into this major compared to the first three Grand Slam legs.

The weather forecast? Still ominous but Thursday is perfect and as Kyle Porter notes, it is expected to be a part of this championship.

Your live streaming, TV Times and groupings from PGA.com.

Golfweek's listing of times and groupings.

The renovated first hole is a nice par-5 in the minds of players (Casey/Golfweek).

The Green Mile is still the biggest part of the Quail Hollow test. (Romine/Golfweek).

Jason Day is trying to salvage his season, if he can get the putter going. (Menta/GolfChannel.com)

Phil thinks the winning score will be close to even par (Lavner/GolfChannel.com)

Josh Berhow at Golf.com puts a bow on the early week shorts discussion, with comments from Gary Player endorsing the relaxing of rules.

Michael McCann with legal analysis on Tiger's DUI arraignment and plea.

Golfweek's live blog will keep you updated.

And as for the story of the week, Jordan Spieth, Brian Wacker says the Champion Golfer of the Year's resilience is noticed by his peers.

Gary Williams and I discussed why Spieth is so confident and may be able put his great iron play to extra-special use this week.

And on trying to become the youngest to achieve the greatest feat for a golfer, he's not feeling the pressure. From his Wednesday press conference:

JORDAN SPIETH: How? There will be pressure. This is a major championship. I mean, this is one of the four pivotal weeks of the year that we focus on. So there will certainly be pressure. I'm simply stating, there won't be added expectations or pressure.

How? I don't know. I just don't feel it. I just -- it's not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something, and that would be the only reason there would be added expectations. The more years you go on playing PGAs, and if I don't win one in the next ten years, then maybe there's added pressure then, and hopefully we don't have to have this conversation in ten years. But if we do, then it might be a different.

But it was only two weeks ago that I was able to get the third leg, and that's so fresh in my mind. I'm so happy about that that I can't add pressure to this week. I'm free-rolling. And it feels good. I'm about as -- I'm about as kind of free and relaxed at a major than I think I've ever felt. Maybe since Chambers Bay, arriving at Chambers Bay after the Masters and just, you know, almost like I've accomplished something so great this year that anything else that happens, I can accept. That takes that pressure, that expectation away.

Now, you get into the heat of things, certainly that changes things, because I recognize where we are and what it would mean to win a major. Not anything else other than that. And so getting into position this week, this is a very, very, very tough course, and it's one that I need to drive the ball better than I've been driving it to have a chance to win this week, and I've been working hard on it and seeing some improvements. So as long as I can do that, then I should have chance.

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Reader Comments (41)

Looks like global warming is taking a week off, no oppressive heat in forecast.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
Having some difficulty with pga.com leaderboard page layout. It shows about an inch of scores, requiring constant scrolling. Anyone else experiencing this in their browsers?
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Having a lot of issues with pga.com website on Safari on Mac. Terrible layout, can't get the live streaming to work at all (I'm in the UK), will play video on demand but not the live stream. Agree leaderboard layout could not be worse.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob S
The PGA.com streaming quality is exactly what I expected from an organization represented by a guy like Pete Bevacqua. Glitch-filled and clunky. Go shave and tan your head some more and buy another fleece.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott
The website is abysmal and the streaming freezes constantly. Very irritating.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.Lind
"It's Glory's Second-To-Last Shot Before The Move To May!"

I think that should be, Glory's Second-To-Last Last Shot. And next year will be Glory's Last Last Shot. Then it becomes Glory's Unlast Shot, or maybe Glory's Shot of Unspecified Rank.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterWEG
PGA Tour app is dreadful. I cancelled the Apple TV app because the content was mostly 30 second interviews, I like the European tour instagram account better.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV60 says hi
Lol. Me stupid pgatour! Pga, this week!
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV60 says hi
Streaming of golf shots sucks. Omega ad streams great!
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTwilight Putter
The streaming featured group is working OK for me, this course is a lot tougher than it has been, I'll say winning score no more than -4
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBogey
The leaderboard at PGA.com sucks
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
For Buh-ba, cue up the legendary Dandy Don Meredith:

"Turn out the lights. The PGA's over."
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNo Mercy
Deadspin offers the first big story of the opening day of the 2017 PGA:

"Brooks Koepka Tee Shot Bloodies Course Marshal"
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNo Mercy
Seriously Geoff, please investigate who is behind the PGA Champ apps and website. Disaster all the way around. Only thing that seems to work is the Omega ad.

What coverage I have seen when the streaming is working is very 1990s.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
Exactly, the Omega ad and that insufferable Davis Love sing-along ad work perfectly every five minutes.
I'm used to a DVR -- hardly seen an ad in years so this streaming is never enjoyable but when it freezes frequently and the audio disappears often -- I would be embarrassed. The ol' oversell and under deliver -- the 21st century business model.
How can they possibly have such a clunker of a website in 2017? Can see one score at a time on the leaderboard. Enhanced video page is fine but kicks you off after awhile. Gallery size is impressive - not pushed back so far from the action like at recent US Opens.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
I switched to the TNT stream. The PGA website stream was as described above...terrible with audio dropouts and those Omega and DLIII commercials. Plus the Ric Flair PGA intro was awful. On the TNT stream, the only commercial I've heard is a plug for tournament gear....why would they bother with that? I mean, who would buy that if they didn't attend the tournament? With many aspects of this championship, the PGA of America is its own worst enemy.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
The PGA website is acceptable if your wardrobe favors the Fred Mertz Collection.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
I hope no one is playing a drinking game that involves drinking every time they say "the green mile". Certain alcohol poisoning!
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
Can Bevacqua carry a tune? If his PGA tenure goes the way of the last guy, he could have a second career as a backup singer for Pitbull during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl pregame show
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFred
Watching it on the BBC and praying...no,,,begging for Peter Alliss to self imolate in a scotch and bullshit-fuelled fiery hell. And can Mark James, without the most tedious man ever to play at a high-level, be next to him and get life-changing (ie vocal cords singed) injuries.

Is that too harsh?
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Your problems, Center Cut, pale into insignificance compared to anyone stuck with the appalling PGA website. (And what's someone watching the BBC and therefore presumably in Britain doing spelling that word "Center"?).
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.Lind
It's just the way iPhones spellcheck, Lind.

Watching McIlroy blast a 355 yard T-ball only to spin his 2nd 15 yards off of the green....brain dead golf.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
He could play the game with five clubs tops. JP, come back. The bag weighs nothing.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
The Ric Flair bit is awesome. Well done TNT.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
The PGA app is also awful. The leaderboard takes forever to load and then has a space for an ad ever five players or so.

Finding the TNT broadcast to be very underwhelming. Countless commercials and barely any protracer. Is CBS not sharing all the technology that they were bragging about?
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKyleU
Commercials? I DVR'd today, started watching 2 hours later and 'caught up live' before 6:30! I thought PGA of America was 'not-for-profit'...website is nearly as bad as PGA Tour site...they must use same dinosaur IT folk.
Bottom line? I am interested because this is still called a major, but it really shouldn't be. Players is far superior'
And, I am begging CBS/TNT...please no more Kostis...no mas! My mute button gettin' wore out!
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMCARON
Center Cut:
Kudos "brain dead golf".....give'em gutta percha.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMCARON
A six for Rory at a driveable hole (14). Well done, you numpty. Buy that man a coach.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTim in Hoylake
32 ahead of the dynamic duo.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Was trying to figure out how some people qualified to play this week (Colsaerts, Donald, Stricker, Uihlein, Bjorn) - they're part of a huge group of "Category 12 Special Invites". Can anyone explain why/how almost 40 golfers got in under this category?? For many of these players, this is the only major they’ve played in a long time! All seems a bit mysterious to me, just can’t imagine the other majors having this many people tee it up via such an ambiguous category. Why not also have a “Local Representative” category - that way perhaps Brad Fritsch could have been playing this week!
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRichie Rich
Richie Rich,

Bjorn because he is the European Ryder Cup captain. Most of the others from OWGR. They went down to something like 120 this year. Strongest field of the year probably.
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGriffin
Yup, Rory certainly is brain dead with a wedge in his hands. Well said Rupert!
08.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
FC - Yeah 32 players, but how many could you see winning? Maybe 8? +1 wasn't a bad score today and they're both probably pissed they didn't shoot 68 or 69 today.
Brain dead golf by McIlroy is almost an insult to brain dead. Unfortunately he is unbelievably talented in the one aspect of the game where you can be mediocre and still win. Unless he gets- and listens to- some advice from somebody who actually understands tournament golf then it is going to be a huge waste of a great talent.
08.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChico
@Chico

The old story "Over Confidence of Youth" - talent requires a good head on one's shoulders, to really succeed.
08.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
Rahm hit the exact same shot as Rory on 14, his caught the top of the bunker (great break) saving it from the water and makes birdie. Rory's just carries the bunker and makes double. Breaks are a factor in golf...
08.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
Regarding the PGA website leaderboard, you need to click a "collapse" arrow in the blue area on the top part of the screen if you want to see more than an inch of scores. Do that and you get 2 1/2 inches. It still took me 3 tries at scrolling through all the names before I found Speith's score since the columns are not sortable by clicking on the headers. As for the complaints on TNT's coverage and excessive commercial breaks - it is TNT, they have always had the worst presentation of any golf broadcast. I wonder when their deal with the PGA expires. I didn't even watch yesterday but if Ernie Johnson is back in the booth this year I will give it a pass for the most part, since I cannot stand his delivery.
08.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
Patches, good luck, but you'll likely need a rally cat and hat.
08.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC

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