The Shank – Gurgler’s US PGA Preview

So we come to this, the final golfing major of the year, the US PGA. The poor man’s, red headed step child, 4th favourite major, no less.

We’ve got our unique take on the tournament, which won’t take any time at all. Sure you could go to a better site with more useful information, but that’s not why you’re here is it?

Nestled in amongst last rounds of NRL and AFL, start of English Football, World Cups, various other sports, and Commonwealth Games (OK maybe not the Comm Games has been a distraction), it’s easy to forget it’s on.

However miss the shindig at your peril. The US PGA is the Crap Fantale special tournament with many of the winners being one time only major winners who occasionally disappear into obscurity afterwards.

In that tradition – please accept The Gurglers favourite obscure US PGA winners, whilst we think of what to write next.

2009 – YE Yang
2003 – Shaun Micheel
2002 – Rich Beem
2001 – David Toms
1995 – The Elk
1992 – Nick Price
1990 – Wayne Grady
1988 – Jeff Sluman
1986 – Bob Tway
1983 – Hal Sutton
1977 – Lanny Watkins
1919 – Jim Barnes

This year the circus comes to Valhalla Golf Club, which is nestled in Louisville Kentucky on the East Coast-ish of USA. It has hosted the US PGA a few times before and even the US Seniors tournament.

Some quick Louisville, Kentucky tidbits-
Hosts Kentucky Derby horse race
Sister Cities include Quito, Leeds and Perm in Russia.
Famous people – Muhammad Ali, James Best (aka Rosco P Coltrane), Fuzzy Zoeller.

Previous Winners at Valhalla
1996 US PGA – Mark Brooks
2000 US PGA – Tiger Woods.

What can’t be sneezed at is not only the prize money, which totals $US 10 million, but the winner gets a free pass for life in this tournament, plus a 5 year welcome at the other 3 majors. Throw in 5 years on the PGA Tour and European Tour, and four good days makes a lifetime of cash. It does seem like an absent parent that they throw money at this instead of the prestige of the other three, but still not bad if you can get it.

Talking about who’s going to get it, we’d thought it would be remiss of us to throw our two cents or fifty cents at the market for your consideration.

Tiger Woods @ $34 (Why not at that price)
Miguel Angel Jiminez @ $201
Kevin Stadler @ $201
Jamie Donaldson @ $126
Jason Day @ $51

TOP 10
Miguel Angel Jiminez @ $12
Hideki Matsuyama @ $4.50
Jordan Spieth @ $4.50

First Round Low Score
Sergio Garcia @ $26
Three or more Aussies in Top 10 @ $13

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