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PGA Championship Round 1 Recap

August 9, 2012

Features, Golf

After rain and wind halted play during practice rounds early in the week, Thursday the sun was out, the wind was calm and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island was there for the taking. With the course having no defense without the wind, and perfect greens, the worlds best players carved up Kiawah like many didn’t expect.

Carl Petterson had 6 birdies and no bogey’s in route to a smooth 66. Petterson is 9th in the FedEx Cup standings this year and came into this tournament under the radar. The 34 year old from Sweden, who now makes his residence up the road from Kiawah in Raleigh North Carolina was in complete control of his game, missing only 2 fairways and hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation. He also had 8 1 putts, and 28 total. Petterson went off early on Thursday, and may have to deal with heavy winds on Friday afternoon, as Kiawah Island is expecting 25-35 mph gusts.

Carl Petterson’s impressive 66 has him on top early.

Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano carded -5 67’s to sit one shot back. Woodland is a bomber who hit irons into all 4 par 5’s, but hasn’t carded a top 10 yet this year. McIlroy was brilliant, looking like the dominant player we saw last year at Congressional in his 8 shot win in the US Open. McIlroy in contention will make for an interesting weekend, but he’s not the only big name near the top.

Tiger Woods was impressive in carding a -3 69, John Daly made some noise with a -4 68, and defending champion Keegan Bradley, coming off his win last week, also shot a 68. Many wondered how Adam Scott would play coming off giving away the Open Championship, but he looked in control and joined others like Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy and Graeme McDowell at -4, just 2 shots back.

The players in the afternoon wave on Thursday should have a big advantage on Friday, with the winds being expected to pick up in the afternoon. That’s good news for Scott, McDowell and Baddeley.

My Picks after Day 1:

After correctly picking Ernie Els as one of my picks at the Open Championship, my picks this week are in a little more trouble. Graeme McDowell is in a good spot to keep my run going at -4, and Louis Oosthuizen had a -2 70.

Jason Dufner got off to a quick start and made the turn at -2, but had a double bogey and 2 bogey’s on his back 9 to finish in a tie for 93rd at +2. He’s joined there by my other dark horse Robert Garrigus. Both of those players will need to navigate the winds and put up sub 70 rounds on Friday to make the cut and get back into contention.

The golf course is impressive, and very fun to watch, but TNT’s coverage of golf is simply embarrassing. I have never watched a golf tournament with less flow and more commercial breaks in my life. I’m actually going to come up with some facts for you in tomorrow’s recap to show just how terrible it is. The announcers are fine (as they are from CBS), but the coverage is almost unwatchable.

It’s a shame, because the PGA and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island are awesome, the coverage itself is just plain terrible. I’d suggest setting your DVR and start watching it an hour later so you can at least miss some of the seemingly endless commercials.  Enjoy the 2nd round, and be sure to come back to TheFarmClub.Net for your updates as the 94th PGA continues!

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Sports blogger with an emphasis on NFL, Soccer and College Football. Will try to be as biased as possible, but as a fan I support the San Diego Chargers, Totteham HotSpurs and Notre Dame football.

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