Aug 10, 2017
Welcome to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club! There's so much to share and discuss, but you'll have to listen to the podcast to hear about the changes to the golf course, which plays hosts to a regular PGA Tour event, and the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweaks from the players. I caught up with Mike Small, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois, which has become an NCAA powerhouse under his leadership. He's also won two Web.com Tour events, played on the PGA Tour, competed in multiple majors, won the PGA Professional Championship three times -- just to name a few of his accolades and achievements in the game. Coach Small is obviously a man of many talents and I'm not sure how he manages to do it all, but it's very impressive.
Then, in the second half of the episode, I caught up with Kevin Na to talk Justin Bieber, Quail Hollow, and the ongoing discussion about championship golf courses becoming longer -- heavily favoring the "bomb-and-gouge" style of play -- and how it's negatively impacting shot-making and skill. Shane Lowry and Thomas Pieters, who played for Coach Small at Illinois, make a cameo at the end when Na and I are discussing shorts vs. pants. If you can't hear Pieters at the very end, he says, "I shave (my legs) every morning," while flexing his calves. Had to be there, but it was funny. See the video.
Picks for the week? Go with the long hitters -- obviously, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, and you can't count out Jordan Spieth as he tries to complete the career grand slam. Other dark horses to watch for: J.B. Holmes, Tony Finau, Kevin Chappell, Justin Rose, Luke List.