Former PGA Champion Stockton loses contestant at Champions Dinner


Tulsa, Oklahoma (AP) β€” Dave Stockton won the 1970 PGA Championship in Southern Hills. This week’s nostalgic return included great shots, terrible shots, and a champion dinner to exchange memories of career-building victories.

He was disappointed with the low turnout. Only 11 former champions playing this week attended. Stockton never misses the Masters Champions Dinner.

“It should be,” he said. “I think it’s very important to be back as a champion, so I’m not sure why.”

Other former PGA champions there were: Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Padraig Harrington, Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, Jeff Thruman.

Those who skipped: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, YE Yang, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, John Daly.

Did you miss one player Stockton? Defending champion Phil Mickelson.

Lefty withdrew from the tournament last week as he continued to take a break from golf following Saudi-funded rival league incendiary comments.

“It was a fun night. I didn’t miss Phil. I think it was a big distraction if Phil was here,” Stockton said. “This week’s story is the PGA.”

Mickelson was usually the host and would have chosen a gift for the player. This time, the PGA of America chose gifts with an outdoor theme.

Therefore, the champion received an outdoor fire pit with the PGA logo. This is just a coincidence. The most problematic quote for Mickelson came from an excerpt from Alan Sipnak’s unauthorized biography. It was posted on a website called “The FirePit Collective”.

Come to america

Long flights, odd hours, jet lag. Lots of jet lag.

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters said Wednesday that coming to the United States on three of the four majors could be tough for European-based players ahead of the PGA Championship.

Peters has already traveled between Europe, the Middle East, and the United States to play several times this season, but the pace remained tired after the Masters and missed the cut.

He took a few weeks off and returned to the top 10 finish at the Soudal Open last week in his native Belgium. Then he boarded a plane to Tulsa.

“I don’t think I’ve played in America in the last few years just because it’s a trip to me. It fascinates me. When you have to do it yourself, it’s lonely. I As he said, when you go back and forth like 6, 7, 8 times, it damages your body, “he said.

β€œIt was always the last minute for me to receive invitations and work on things,” says Peters.

Peters said he was grateful that he drew a 9:17 am tea time for the first round on Thursday, as his body hasn’t been upset by the time change yet. He was awake before dawn and was exhausted by late afternoon.

“I’ll be fine by (Thursday),” he said.

Still, he has no plans to move to the United States

“I invite you to Belgium. It’s a wonderful country,” Peters said. “My family is over there, my girlfriend, my kids, my daughter. No, I won’t move here right away. My life is over there.”

Brotherhood

Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark quickly admitted that he wouldn’t be in the PGA Championship without his brother Rasmus, and how the twins pushed each other on the golf course for years.

Rasmus isn’t in the field this week, but made a cut at the PGA on Kaiwer Island last year.

“He gave me insights on what to expect to play a major championship here in the United States,” said his only other major, the 2018 British Open cut. Missed Nikolai said. “It’s a bit different from Europe and the climate. It’s very hot here. He gave me some good stuff I can use this week.”

Things weren’t necessarily that exaggerated among the 21-year-old brothers who won five times in Europe and won in a row last year.

“When we were fighting, we were able to stand up in the fight,” Nikolai said. “If I shot a good round and Rasmus played bad or vice versa, we could start fighting later. We were in the past, and now, how we are. I’ve talked about how to tackle the ups and downs. One day I might not do the same tour, but how do I tackle it? We had a conversation. That’s golf. That’s life. As long as it’s a bonus. “

Mamma Mia

we. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson is already looking forward to next year’s match in Rome, not just golf.

Johnson is a self-proclaimed “geographic geek” and a foodie. His outlook exploring the Italian countryside and its cuisine makes him a little dazzling.

“My parents were there a couple of times, my wife was there twice. The consensus is that they are their favorite country outside this great country,” Johnson said Wednesday. I told you. “I know makeup. I am excited to meet them because I know that here is the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps are in the north, and the beauty of the country is the people in it. “

And eat with them. eat a lot.

“I don’t eat to live, I live to eat,” said the 46-year-old. “Maybe it depends on how you look at it, my guess is that it’s not a great recipe to get there because I eat until it’s unpleasant, so that’s going to happen quite a bit. In fact, that’s a good thing. “

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