The 2015 PGA Championship
Whistling Straits is a Pete Dye creation in Kohler, Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan – it’s another links-like US major for this year, in fact it will look more like the surface of the moon, this one with about (they’re not exactly sure) 1000 bunkers! To put it in perspective, Houghton has 63! The exact bunker that cost DJ his 2-shot penalty has actually been covered up by a grandstand this time around in an effort to enhance spectator viewing experiences. Have a look at these 2 pics below of the two par 3’s at #7 and #17. Looks like there’s no place to miss, and pretty much the entire course treats wayward shots very harshly. Look out for a few very high scores. I just hope there’s some greenery to the place and that it doesn’t look so dry and burnt out like Chambers Bay was.
As always, I really enjoyed listening to the CBS commentary team of Gary McCord and David Feherty –together with Peter Kostis, Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch and Jim Nantz – during the Bridgestone event. Those 2 are undoubtedly the most naturally funny men around, and you have to listen closely otherwise you’ll miss a lot of their throw-away lines.
Just a couple of chirps from McCord were calling the thick rough that one Pro found himself in “smellyville”, and whilst watching Jason Day contemplating a punch under trees from the wrong fairway and one of the others asked him (McCord) how he would play the shot, he answered that he’d chip it out sideways, wedge it onto the green and then 3-jack it for a double! Damn, I wish I could be as funny as them!
And after the Open Championship, I much prefer them to the BBC’s Peter Alliss, the guy who during a fairly tense time of a tournament will “just have to thank Mrs Elizabeth Boddington-Smythe from down in Kent who just had to send us a mail to let us know that she was watching the Open on her mobile whilst pruning her roses with the kukri blade that her late grandfather the Sergeant-Major took off a dead British Indian Army Ghurka at the top of the Khyber Pass late in the Battle of Ali Masjid in 1878.” I mean, have you ever heard such unrelated and unadulterated crap?
Good news is that CBS are in attendance next week at Whistling Straits.
As usual, I can’t wait for this last Major of the year.
Kappy turned professional in 1986 and won for the first time on the Sunshine Tour in 1995. He added three more tour wins between then and 2000. His best year-end finish on the Order of Merit was 9th in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
Kappy has also competed on the Asian Tour where, in 1996, he won the Royal Thai Classic and finished in the top 20 on the Order of Merit.