Category: PGA Championship


I never thought I’d see the day. But, Tiger Woods shot a 10-over par for two rounds and missed the cut. Can you say end of an era? This was almost sad to see. Now, I know Woods’ personal life has been questionable, but as a golfer he’s what drew me into the sport. Clearly, that’s ended.

Now, you have two Americans tied for the lead heading into the weekend: Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley. If you’re asking who the hell are these guys, so was I. Here’s the problem. Rory McIlroy is playing but is injured. There are almost no recognizable names for more than the hardcore golf fans to recognize. The PGA has a serious problem it needs to address somehow.

Steve Stricker shot four-over par in the second round going from -7 to -3 for the tournament, two shots behind the leaders. It looks like a pretty wide open weekend. The big question is who cares? Golf needs stars, which it doesn’t have. It needs McIlroy, Mickelson and others to be competitive almost every weekend at every tournament. Having no-name players leading will do nothing for the popularity of the sport.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

One round is in the books. Tiger Woods birdied three of his first five holes…only to shoot a 77 and is in danger of missing the cut. Steve Stricker shot a 63 and is in the lead. Stricker had a great round and had a chance to shoot a 62 on the final hole. However, Stricker will need to back it up as often times it’s been difficult for players who shoot low to repeat that performance in the second round.

Perhaps the biggest story was Rory McIlroy’s injuries. He injured it on a shot where the ball was behind a tree root. He was in pain the rest of the way, as his right wrist was causing him trouble. It was hard to watch. You could tell he wanted to continue. He wanted to keep playing. Yet, with each swing he often let go of the club, the right arm in so much pain he had to tee up with his left hand. But, he received attention and kept playing and played well. If he would have made a few putts, he would have been right up the leaderboard. You can’t help but root for this kid. I find myself wanting him to succeed and to win again. He’s definitely the player I’m hoping will win every time out now.

Phil Mickelson had another subpar round, I guess I’m not too surprised anymore. Matt Kuchar made a nice little charge though, however he lacks the star power to really hold audiences. Adam Scott, for all the news he and Steve Williams made last week, shot a one-under par, nice, but unimpressive. The good news is that three Americans have or are near the lead.

Once again, the first round really just made me think how golf needs, absolutely needs, a star or two. Looking at the leaderboard, to the average fan, they wouldn’t be able to recognize more than a couple names near the top. If golf wants to grab the average viewer and increase ratings by a significant mark, it needs one or two of its golfers to step up and start dominating. It’s just the way things work.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The final major of the year is about to tee off, beginning on Thursday. The major is ripe with stories from Tiger Woods and Steve Williams, to can one of the world’s top two players finally win a major to can Rory McIlroy back up his U.S. Open win?

Players to watch

Adam Scott: Even though Steve Williams took away from his victory at Bridgestone, Scott is clearly a force to be reckoned with now. He’s playing well, has a great caddie by his side, and has momentum heading into the major.

Rory McIlroy: He didn’t have the greatest British Open, but that major is a beast of its own. This course suits McIlroy’s game better. Also, don’t count out the fact that he’ll want to prove that the U.S. Open wasn’t a one shot wonder and that he can truly be one of the game’s best players.

Luke Donald and Lee Westwood: The world’s top two players are still looking for their first major. Clearly, one has to win one sooner or later…right? With each passing major that they don’t and they keep the top rankings, the pressure builds.

Tiger Woods: While it’s difficult to see him winning, let’s not forget he’s one competitive guy. And the fact that Williams basically insulted him gives him more drive.

Phil Mickelson: Yes, the last time the PGA was played on this course it was 2001. But, Mickelson did finish second then, and he’s always capable of giving a major a run for its money.

My prediction: Rory McIlroy. I understand Scott will be the popular pick heading in. But fast greens suits McIlroy’s game.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.