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We were discussing the PGA Championship in it's official thread, and there were comments saying that the PGA Championship was the least exciting of the four majors, and that it wasn't any different from a regular tour stop, except for the prize money, and exemptions that the winner receives. So while I was out at lunch today I was wondering if the PGA of America should shake things up a bit (beyond moving to May to play it) and maybe try a match play format, or some other type of format for this tournament that would make it unique and stand out from the other three majors. Because as it is right now, we have three majors that are iconic, and then the PGA Championship as an afterthought for the most part. Breaking it down, here is how you describe the other three majors: Masters: The legend of Bobby Jones lives, Augusta National as paradise or nirvana for golfers. US Open: America's national championship, with over 100 years of history. It's considered by many to be the toughest tournament to win every year. Open Championship: The R&A's signature event, and the crowning of the "Champion Golfer of the Year." I mean, who wouldn't want to be crowned that? But the PGA Championship leaves me scratching my head. I mean, if the best memory I can conjure from the history of this tournament is a young John Daly winning at Crooked Stick, we may have an image problem here. Any other thoughts or ideas on how to make the PGA Championship stand out as a major on it's own?
So I recently got the pleasure of playing the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and I must say it was one of the best golfing experiences I have ever had in my life! However, the coastal weather is what can make this historical course so demanding. We saw during the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship that the wind on this course can force even the best golfers in the world to struggle to make par! With that said, we showed up to the course last Thursday and the temperature was supposedly about 60* and sunny. However, the winds were gusting up to 30 mph making it seem much cooler. Anyways, This got me a little intimidated but our 3some sort of expected this type of challenge for the day and in fact, we started talking about it after the round...a round at the ocean course wouldn't really be complete without some type of heavy winds, right!? We had caddies and started our round with 15-20 mph winds and I specifically remember I hit an 8-iron into the short par-4 3rd hole (the one Rory hit his ball into the tree), but it was only 100 yards! I still came up short!! 6-14 (I believe) we're downwind so we were able to really go after some of the greens which were lightning fast, I might add. Not sure how but I managed to make 3 birdies and finished the day at 81....all thanks to my caddie though who guided me through the course skillfully. I'm very proud of my score but I will say I've never hit so many 4 and 5 irons in a single round in my life! It was truly an amazing place and experience. With all of that said, I would've been slightly disappointed if we had played that course when there was no wind and easy conditions. Have you guys played the ocean course? What did y'all think? If not, would you prefer high winds or nothing?
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