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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: PGA Championship

Twofer Tuesday heads north from Dallas TX to Tulsa OK and Southern Hills Country Club for the PGA Championship.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson

Unless you've been living under a rock without cable, you know that defending champion Phil Mickelson isn't defending his title due to... personal problems. He's only the third player not to defend his PGA win in 75 years -- the first was Ben Hogan in 1949, the other Tiger Woods in 2008.

Ironically, Tiger (who won his last PGA at this very course in 2007) WILL be teeing it up this week after a miraculous comeback from his car accident last year. But this time the course will be a bit different after a redesign by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner a few years back. A par-70 measuring 7556 yards, the rework opened the course up a little so the greens complexes can take center stage.

And of course, being played in May this year means less heat to deal with. Probably.

Last week I gave reasons for making my picks and, despite being good reasons, they weren't good enough for either player to make the cut. So this week I'm just giving you the names.

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Justin Thomas

GC's limited to news coverage this week. ESPN's live coverage begins Thursday at 2pm ET. ESPN and CBS split coverage for the weekend, with ESPN+ adding extra coverage all four days. (You can find those streams at this link.) Jordan Spieth is the big story this week as he tries to complete the Career Grand Slam. Will he get it done this time? We'll find out soon.

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