Weeks: News and notes from the PGA Championship

Bob Weeks
8/14/2012 11:36:56 AM
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So what do you do the night before the final round of the PGA Championship? If you're Rory McIlroy, you stay up and watch tennis from Montreal.

Despite having to play 27 holes on Sunday, McIlroy tuned in to the Rogers Cup from Montreal to watch his girlfriend Caroline Wozniaki lose her semi-final match. He managed to sneak in a few hours of snooze time between finishing his third round and the start of his fourth.
Amazing stat: in the final round, Rory McIlroy missed eight greens and got up and down all eight times.
Wouldn't it be great to have the Ryder Cup come down to one match – Tiger vs. Rory on Sunday for all the marbles?

The pairings for the singles matches are not quite as easy to arrange as at the Presidents Cup, but hopefully Davis Love and Jose Maria Olazabal can work something out. 
Is it possible that Tiger Woods is just trying too hard on the weekends?

It still seems hard to fathom that Woods didn't break par in any weekend round in the majors this year. His comment that he went out Saturday and tried to enjoy his round instead of playing with intensity seems as if he's grasping to find an answer.

Wouldn't he know by now how he needs to play?
McIlroy's win came with a new driver, the 913D3 from Titleist. It's the first win for the club that won't hit the market until the fall. He'd used his previous driver for two years but put this one in the bag almost right away after testing it.

It seemed to work as he led the tournament in driving distance at 311 yards.
Players who impressed me last week: Carl Pettersson, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose.
Players who impressed me in the majors this year: Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter, Peter Hanson and Steve Stricker.
By the way, Pettersson's two-shot penalty for moving a tiny leaf on the first hole of the fourth round cost the big Swede $481,500. That's a stiff price to pay for a ruling that never would have been given had it not been for slow motion television replay.
David Lynn's second-place finish behind McIlroy sent many people to Google to learn a little more about the golfer not well known in North America. Lynn's finish, which gets him into the Masters, was just his second appearance in a major. He's been playing the European Tour for 15 years but has just a single victory, the 2004 Dutch Open. With a good finish at the Johnnie Walker Championship next week, he could even make the Ryder Cup team.
Impressive to see John Daly finish T18 at the PGA. Even more impressive to look at his season and realize he's only missed two cuts in 11 starts. However, Daly has only earned $479,000 and sits in 131st spot on the money list so expect to see him a lot during the Fall Finish as he tries to regain his card.
While there were lots of plaudits for the Ocean Course, it's hard to imagine it getting another significant event without a change to the single-lane road that goes in and out of the resort.

When Saturday's storm hit, fans reportedly waited two and a half hours to catch a shuttle to the parking lot, then needed another hour to make the trip on that shuttle and then up to an hour just to get out of the parking lot which was a grass field that was turned into something resembling Woodstock. Logistically, I can't remember going to a major that was worse.

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