Planet Golf — 06 August 2018 by GW staff and news services
Golf Bag: Notes from the PGA

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Davis Love III will join a select group led by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player when he participates in his 100th major championship this weekend in St. Louis.

Love’s streak began with the 1986 PGA Championship at Inverness, and the 100th will come at this year’s PGA at Bellerive. In between, he won the 1997 tournament with an unforgettable rainbow providing the backdrop to the 18th green at Winged Foot.

Love has struggled with injuries in recent years, but a hip replacement has helped with some of the pain he’d been feeling. He hopes that his health will allow him to play in many more majors.

“As long as I can compete and have some fun,” he said, “and not get in the way.”

McIlroy trying to find winning formula

Rory McIlroy’s only complaint about his season is that he’s not winning enough.

McIlroy ended an 18-month drought when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and he would have expected more at this point. He played in the final group at the Masters, at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and last week at the Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy says he’s trying to figure out what steps he has to take to go from contending to playing in the final group to lifting trophies.

Just don’t get the idea the 29-year-old McIlroy is down on himself.

He was asked if he would take a year that included a major championship and a dozen missed cuts or the kind of consistency he has shown this year. McIlroy said he would take this year, because that would mean he has giving himself chances to win. He has been in the top 3 five times this year, including three runner-up finishes.

McIlroy is a two-time winner of the PGA Championship, the last one in 2014 at Valhalla. That also was the last of his four majors.

DJ looking for some “Great One” love

Dustin Johnson hopes some of his future father-in-law’s fans will have his back when the world’s top-ranked player tees off in the PGA Championship.

Wayne Gretzky only played part of one season for the Blues, late in his Hall of Fame career, but it was enough to earn “The Great One” a legion of followers. And when Johnson became engaged to Paulina Gretzky, many of those fans became fans of the former U.S. Open champion, too.

If nothing else, Johnson pointed out Tuesday that he’ll have plenty of extended family in the crowd. Paulina’s mother, Janet, was born in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton.

Spieth all for moving PGA to May

Count three-time major winner Jordan Spieth among those happy the PGA Championship is moving from August to May next year, making it the second in line after the Masters.

The schedule change is designed in part to stoke interest in what has typically flown under the radar as golf’s fourth major. And while Spieth acknowledged Tuesday that the change will help with the overall calendar flow, he also pointed out another benefit: the weather.

“The move to May opens up a lot more venues,” Spieth said before his practice round at Bellerive. “You can really go anywhere in the country in May and have an opportunity to play.”

The PGA has already been awarded through 2029 with Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also due to host the event. But beyond that, courses such as Shoal Creek in Alabama and layouts in Texas, Florida and California that were written off because of oppressive summer heat could be in the mix.

 

 

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