Sport Bland Bellerive lacks luster worthy of 100th PGA Championship

02:30  11 august  2018
02:30  11 august  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

For some at PGA Championship, Bellerive brings back memories of 9/11

  For some at PGA Championship, Bellerive brings back memories of 9/11 On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Bellerive Country Club was buzzing with anticipation. It was only Tuesday, but St. Louisans were starved for professional golf, and they filled the grandstands early as PGA Tour pros practiced for the WGC-American Express Championship.

Storylines heading into PGA Championship . 12 players to watch at the PGA Championship . How you can watch the 100 th PGA Championship . Justin Thomas: What will it take to win. Drone Tour: Take flight over Bellerive .

— PGA Championship (@ PGAChampionship ) June 4, 2018. Justin Thomas and the PGA Championship trophy at today’s media event at Bellerive ! Perfect setting for the 100 th Championship !

ST. LOUIS - There are a few elements essential to the character of a major championship.

It starts with the field. If the world's best consider it optional, it's not a major. Injuries or indictments are the only acceptable excuses for a player's absence.

A weepy Jim Nantz retrospective helps too. Granted, his tendency to wring tears from even the most banal Tour stop has cheapened the currency, but viewers must be persuaded that they're catching glimpses of a significant tournament between the commercials and fluffing of CEOs.

Rain presents more challenges for PGA Championship field

  Rain presents more challenges for PGA Championship field At Bellerive the fairways are pure but soft, which likely will deliver mud balls. With the course expected to be extremely soft, at least for the first two rounds, players will attack and low scoring should be had.Notice in locker room at PGA. Not sure how fast they can make them. Have been told there is no root structure under the greens. pic.twitter.com/2fy27HOZUB— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) August 7, 2018Related slideshow: Prepping for the PGA Championship 1/18 SLIDES © Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports 2018-8-6 pga prep spieth Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the sixth hole.

PGA Championship • August 9—12, 2018 • Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO, USA. Tee Times. Justin Thomas was there for Tiger's Valhalla point. Top News. Full field list for the 100 th PGA Championship .

Looking ahead, Bellerive is also excited to play host to the 100 th PGA Championship , in August of 2018, as the best golfers in the world come once again to St. Louis to contend for the Wanamaker Trophy and “Glory’s Last Shot.”

But nothing contributes more to the sense of a major than the golf course. The venue was a vital character in the plots of 2018's majors. Augusta National, Shinnecock Hills and Carnoustie were not incidental to the action.

Which may explain why - so far, at least - this major feels decidedly minor.

Blame it on Bellerive.

This PGA Championship has a robust field, despite the diluting effect of 20 club professionals resting like sediment at the bottom of the leaderboard. The top of that board features a phalanx of pedigreed champions and Nantz's emotive Gettsyburg address on golf and life is surely being buffered anon.

What this championship doesn't have is a course worthy of it.

Venues matter, especially in concert with milestones.

Who will win the 100th PGA? Why Bellerive will favor the long, high and accurate

  Who will win the 100th PGA? Why Bellerive will favor the long, high and accurate At long and soft Bellerive Country Club, players will be showing just how far, how high and how close they can hit their balls. Hit it short but putt it well? It might not be the best week for you."I feel like the course sets up well for me," said Dustin Johnson.You know, the same Dustin Johnson that is averaging 299.9 yards of carry off the tee, ranks fourth in proximity to the hole at 33 feet, 4 inches, and is human ballstriking machine, leading the Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green by more than a half shot.

In 1992, Bellerive hosted the PGA Championship which became the first major championship won by Nick Price. Twelfth Hole. MORE: Jordan Spieth eyes career slam at 100 th PGA Championship . In 2013 Rees Jones, facilitated additional course modifications.

Picks and predictions for the 100 th PGA Championship . Tiger is back at the PGA for the first time in three years and facing a wave of young talent that all seem tailored for this Bellerive test.

It's why the R&A nudged St. Andrews from its every-five-years slot on the British Open rota to ensure it hosted the 150th playing in 2021.

It's why the U.S. Golf Association held the 100th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, while the 101st edition went to forgettable Southern Hills.

The 100th PGA Championship deserved better than a mediocre course that even Rees Jones can't claim as being among his finest fiascos. The PGA of America could have thrown a stone in St. Louis and hit a course with more architectural merit to host its centennial. And it wouldn't have had to aim carefully.

Perhaps milestones just matter less at the PGA Championship. After all, the 50th iteration of the tournament was played at Pecan Valley in San Antonio, Texas, a course that had opened just five years earlier. It closed six years ago - the first major venue to shutter in more than 60 years - to barely a whimper of regret.

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Contact the 2018 PGA Championship staff at 314-433-9300, or 2018 PGA @pgahq.com. The 100 th PGA Championship is coming to Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis MO, from August 6-12, 2018.

Carlos Arraya, CGCS, talks about the importance of preparing the course at Bellerive Country Club ahead of the 100 th PGA Championship and why they use

Ask the players for their views on Bellerive and they range from uninspired to unprintable.

"I don't want to say there's no strategy, I'm not saying that," said Pat Perez, who went on to say exactly that. "There's only one way to play it. Just hit it as far as you can then try to attack the pins with the greens that soft."

"It's pretty straightforward," said Dustin Johnson, who had never been on site until Monday. "Hit it in the fairway and hit it on the green."

It's a rare misstep for a championship that has upped its game on venues in the last two decades. There was a time when the PGA routinely went to courses that had all the architectural stature of a suburban drive-thru, the nadir being 1987 at PGA National in Florida, where the presence of a bikini-clad scoreboard operator, while not elevating the event, certainly didn't further diminish it.

Bellerive doesn't diminish the PGA Championship. It's not that bad. The problem is that it doesn't enhance it either, and the venue of a centennial ought to add luster to the proceedings.

Bellerive is probably a fine course for its membership 51 weeks of the year, but in this 52nd week it isn't fit for purpose. It is a humdrum test of execution and a complete failure as a test of imagination. The greatest golf courses bridge those demands, a trait abundantly evident at the venues visited this year.

Thomas steps out of the shadow of Spieth as PGA champion

  Thomas steps out of the shadow of Spieth as PGA champion A walk from the driving range to the 10th tee at Bellerive took longer than usual for Justin Thomas. One marshal wanted an autograph. Another wanted a selfie.He made it under the tunnel to find two more people stopping him for pictures. Thomas eventually made it up the stairs, onto the putting green and up a slight hill to the tee box with thousands of fans crammed on both sides and every seat in the grandstands occupied. That's where some degree of normalcy returned.He was playing with Tiger Woods.

(June 20, 2018) – Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska, who won the 2018 PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals to the 100 th PGA Championship , August 9-12, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

The 2018 PGA Championship is the 100 th PGA Championship , taking place from August 9–12 at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri, a suburb west of St. Louis.

Augusta National.

Shinnecock Hills.



It's as if the guys carving Mount Rushmore decided to drop Lincoln in favor of Harding.

"The golf course does make a difference," Justin Rose said Friday afternoon. "I was able to win the U.S Open at Merion and I really feel that added something, where I won. That's quite a storied golf course. I've always been proud of where I've won on Tour. I've won nine times but when I look at where I've won I'm proud."

Then he added, "A trophy is a trophy at the end of the day. You win a major you go down in history."

And he's right. That's all that really matters for most players, who appreciate the design merits of their office about as much as the average cubicle worker.

Hopefully, the 100th PGA will deliver a weekend of epic drama. It will certainly deliver a worthy champion. And that will at least permit fans to remember the performances of the stars, and not the nondescript stage on which they worked.


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Bellerive eager to produce memorable PGA Championship

  Bellerive eager to produce memorable PGA Championship Bellerive Country Club has been snake bit when it comes to hosting major golf tournaments over the years. There was World Golf Championship event that was cancelled following the attacks on the World Trade Center, and several years of bad weather washed out rounds. But club members are hopeful the PGA Championship will serve as redemption for one of the "Big Four" of traditional, exclusive St. Louis-area clubs.For a while, big events bolstered its reputation.

With that in mind, let’s get it out of the way: Bellerive may stink. When the 100 th PGA Championship gets started Thursday in St. Louis, there’s It appears those rumors were true. That said, not in an unplayable state, mostly just fuzzy around the edges # PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/NVZNtvlv1o.

The 100 th PGA Championship will be at center stage on the international golf calendar in 2018, with the world’s best golfers competing for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. But just as important, the experience of being at Bellerive to take it all in is simply not to be missed.”

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