PGA Clippings, Sunday Edition

2006pgachamplogo.gifThe fourth round hole locations are posted, and 15 are 5 or fewer paces from the edge.  Nine holes are 4 or fewer paces from the edges. And based on the tucked holes I saw on TV today, Verne Troyer must be handling the pacing.

I'm not sure what to make of the course statistics, but it appears they a bit off at the official site. has the stats for all three rounds, but they're also severely lacking. How is that course data is becoming so hard to come by?

Doug Ferguson takes a dizzying look at various majors, their winning score and he defends Medinah. It's fascinating how obsessed everyone is with the scoring isn't it? You can bet it if Tiger was out of it and it was a Shaun Micheel-K.J. Choi final pairing, there would be plenty of howling about what a disaster this is.

Tom English in The Scotsman writes, "The birdies landed with such regularity you would have sworn it was the annual turkey shoot at the Bob Hope Classic you were watching instead of one of the pre-eminent tournaments of the year."

Just to show how wacky the U.S. Ryder Cup situation is, John Hawkins posted some thoughts on the standings Friday night. After round 3, things have changed again. He also has an interesting tidbit on Tiger reportedly lobbying for Fred Couples to be picked.

Hawkins's dream best-ball partner, SI's Alan Shipnuck, files a video report following round 3. No direct link is available, just go to SI's PGA homepage.

Mark Lamport-Stokes writes about the "headache" facing Tom Lehman as many of the U.S. players on the Ryder Cup bubble struggle.

Golfweek offers this list of points standings for the U.S. and what players need to overtake Brett Wetterich in the 10th spot, though I'm not sure if I'm misreading it or if they are lacking a few of the promised numbers.

Sandy Lyle writes about Tiger and the likelihood of Darren Clarke returning for the Ryder Cup.

Alex Micelli explains the rationale behind that weird takeaway move that Ryan Moore is using to help his ailing wrist.

Tom English writes about how well Tommy Armour is remembered at Medinah but not in his native Scotland.

John Huggan weighs in on how Henrik Stenson lost and found his game.

If you saw Rich Lerner's TGC story Saturday on Craig Dolch's son Eric and his recent struggles, here's the website with more on his condition and how you can help.

And Jerry Potter quotes Stewart Cink and others about the softness of the greens.

When we come to a PGA Championship or U.S. Open," said Stewart Cink, who shot 73, "you're expected to feel fear on the tee because you know you absolutely have to hit the fairway. That's where the difference is this week. The holes just don't feel that way."

"The balls are landing, making craters like the moon," he said. "I watched Phil Mickelson hit a wood into a par 3, and the ball did not bounce. Literally, it just stuck and plugged in the green in its own pitch mark from 250 yards. Some of that is due to the rain, but the balls have been doing that all week."