Monday, May 20, 2024

PGA Championship Round Four

Events prevented me from watching the final round yesterday, but it was apparently another thriller -- the fourth time in four tournaments that Valhalla has put on a dramatic PGA Championship.  The Golf World is having a big fight over whether Valhalla is "too easy" to host the PGA, but I'd rather watch a close and competitive tournament won by a great player than a high-scoring tournament won by a mediocre player.  So I would definitely return to Valhalla in the future, if I ran the PGA.  In the meantime, here is a very strong top ten:

1.  Xander Schauffele-21 (62+68+68+65=263)

2.  Bryson DeChambeau-20 (68+65+67+64=264)

3.  Viktor Hovland (NOR):  -18 (68+66+66+66=266)

T4.  Thomas Detry (BEL):  -15 (66+67+70+66=269)
T4.  Collin Morikawa-15 (66+65+67+71=269)

T6.  Shane Lowry (IRL):  -14 (69+69+62+70=270)
T6.  Justin Rose (ENG):  -14 (70+67+64+69=270)

T8.  Billy Horschel-13 (69+69+69+64=271)
T8.  Robert MacIntyre-13 (66+69+66+70=271)
T8.  Scottie Scheffler-13 (67+66+73+65=271)
T8.  Justin Thomas-13 (69+67+67+68=271)


  1. Up next, the Golf World goes to Pinehurst in June for the U.S. Open. Everyone in the Golf World loves Pinehurst, and I can see why. But the last time the U.S. Open came to Pinehurst was one of the worst major tournaments ever played, with Martin Kaymer winning by 8 shots in 2014. Back in 2005, Pinehurst gave us an Open where Michael Campbell beat Tiger Woods by two shots. The 1999 Open at Pinehurst -- where Payne Stewart held off Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Vijay Singh -- was an all-time classic. But so far, Pinehurst is only 1 for 3 at producing good majors.

  2. Update on major championships:

    Koepka: 5 (3 PGA, 2 US Opens)
    McIlroy (NIR): 4 (2 PGA, 1 US Open, 1 British Open)
    Spieth: 3 (1 Masters, 1 US Open, 1 British Open)
    Scheffler: 2 (2 Masters)
    Rahm (ESP): 2 (1 Masters, 1 US Open)
    Morikawa: 2 (1 British Open, 1 PGA)

  3. Here's a comparison to the prior generation:

    Tiger: 15 (5 Masters, 3 US Opens, 3 British Opens, 4 PGA)
    Mickelson: 6 (3 Masters, 1 British Open, 2 PGA)
    Els (RSA): 4 (2 US Open, 2 British Open)
    Harrington (IRL): 3 (2 British Open, 1 PGA)
    Singh (FIJ): 3 (1 Masters, 2 PGA)

  4. Paducah Tilghman beats McCracken County 10-6 to win the Second District Tournament in baseball. The win ends a 29-game streak of Mustang baseball wins over the Tornadoes. But McCracken will have a chance for revenge at next week's Regionals.