Bandwagoning The Big Ones: 2015 PGA Championship

I’m not saying that I timed out the drive from Chicago to Kohler, Wisconsin….but I’m not NOT saying it.

Too long. But it took a day and a half of me mulling it over to decide that.

I haven’t the slightest idea how I would have gotten into the tournament, but that seemed like a problem for future me.

Updates on the fourth and final major tournament of the year thus far:

  • Rory Mcilroy WILL be playing, says his ankle is “100%
  • People are arguing over whether or not Jordan Spieth excels at any one thing…even though his stats CLEARLY indicate that he’s the best putter in the field
  • Lots of bunkers. LOTS AND LOTS of bunkers. Shhhhhh, don’t tell Dustin Johnson

Thursday, August 13: Rory and Jordan both made it back to the clubhouse at -1. Dustin Johnson is leading at -6. 

I don’t want to talk about it. 


Friday, August 14: This about sums it up…

Photo: Andy McDonnell
Photo: Andy McDonnell

That, and any scene from Twister. True to the Midwest, Kohler’s weather turned for the worst towards the end of the day, causing a suspension of play and some pretty intense damage to the temporary structures set up around the course.

Bad timing for Jason Day, as he’d gone on a birdie streak just prior to the weather warning.

Play will resume (weather permitting) tomorrow morning, and they will complete round three on time.


Saturday, August 15: Jordan Spieth is trying to give me a heart attack.

Jason Day is still in the lead by two, but Jordan made a surge with a six-under 30 on the back nine to tap Day on the shoulder from second place.

Nothing astonishing took center stage today – no clubs thrown or Mickelsons sliding down hills – but a crowded leaderboard will make for an intense Sunday finish.


Sunday, August 16: DUSTIN JOHNSON STARTED HIS ROUND WITH A QUADRUPLE BOGEY! It’s like Christmas.

There wasn’t much leaderboard movement prior to Day and Spieth teeing off in the last group. Day was two up on Jordan going into the round and continued to gain ground as the day progressed. Branden Grace and Justin Rose both had great days, and even Johnson came back from his disastrous first hole with two eagles and a few birdies (a round that otherwise would have topped the leaderboard), but Jason Day only slipped up on a couple occasions and for nothing worse than a bogey.

I have nothing against Day, and I feel like he’s overdue for a major win. But this was Jordan’s year. I hate to root against Day, but I couldn’t help it. I wanted Spieth to take this so badly, and when he made it within a few shots, my ridiculous optimism kicked in. Even on the 18th, with Jordan still three back, I was playing out every scenario in which Day could mess up, including him whiffing the ball completely and falling over like one of the Three Stooges.

Didn’t happen. Day took it, claiming his first major and the record for lowest major score (-20).

I didn’t cry this time, but that’s only because I’d had time to accept this possibility. Day fought for it, and if it wasn’t Jordan, I’m glad it was someone like Jason (meaning anyone other than Dustin Johnson).

BRIGHT SIDE: Not only does he hold the record most shots under par in majors (54 shots under par), but Jordan is now the number one golfer in the world.

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

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