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Ted Bishop: Valhalla is “more dramatic and challenging” than Augusta National



Ted Bishop, former president of the PGA of America, has no problem courting controversy…and sometimes, he even does it on purpose.

Bishop, largely out of the spotlight since his famed “little girl” tweet to Ian Poulter, got out his typing fingers for a piece on the Morning Read.

Now, Bishop’s core suggestion may be worth looking into: Find a permanent home for the PGA Championship, ala the Masters.

OK. Perhaps this could be a good thing and a point of differentiation for the least prestigious of the four major championships (no disrespect to the PGA of America or tournament organizers).

Unable to refrain from entering for salesman mode, Bishop travels to absurd realms with a comparison between Augusta National and Valhalla.

“I would argue that even with the natural beauty of Augusta National in early April, the golf course itself is not as dramatic or as challenging as at Valhalla. Certainly, Valhalla can be better and the PGA would be greatly incentivized to do that if it were a showcase of the championships that it owns.”

Not as dramatic or as challenging? What exactly is Bishop basing this on? The “drama” of the last PGA Championship at Valhalla was merely that of a birdie-fest shootout, not a “challenge.”

And in terms of popular guard, there is of course no competition: The Jack Nicklaus-designed course comes in at No. 81 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 list for 2017-2018. Augusta National, for its part, is second.

But let’s be real for a moment: There’s no way Ted Bishop actually thinks there is a comparison between the two courses.

He’s merely icing a cake of serious suggestion (finding a home course for the PGA Championship) with the thick frosting of absurdity (Valhalla/Augusta comparison) knowing the media would be unable to resist eating it up (and we’re eating it up).


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  1. joro

    Aug 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Ted is a caring and good man who has done a lot of good, he just says what he is thinking and the Bluenosed Butt Kissers who head the PGA did not like some of the things he did and used the Poulter comment to get him out, AND,,,, take away any privileges he had. Coulter just laughed and said it was funny. And by the way, Valhalla is tougher than Augusta, but does not have the man made History.

  2. pooch

    Aug 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Looks like Ted has got into the medicine cabinet.
    I think if they swapped the PGA with the US Open the PGA would gain ratings and I think the US Open would remain just as important.
    The Masters at Augusta National will always be the best tournament of the year. I would like to see Augusta National host a Ryder Cup.

  3. Dtrain

    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Valhalla is a mediocre layout for a private club. It’s a good venue for a golf tournament logistically it seems but the course is nothing special in any way.

    • Traveling Man

      Aug 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Mediocre? Nothing special in any way? Where do you play?

  4. Why Not?

    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I see the not so veiled complaint about a “birdie fest” and I’m not so sure why that’s a bad idea. I have traditionally liked to see the birdies and eagles on the back 9 at Augusta. I have also liked to see the tight fairways and severe rough at the US Open (not so much any more) bring the pros to their knees. Then, I always hope for wind and rain to test the golfers at THE Open…. not to mention the deep pot bunkers. Its always so different from what I’m used to watching here in the states. I’m not sure why so many people want to see all the majors look the same. Whats the point? Why can’t they all be distinctively different? As a matter of fact, I would really like to see the powers that be slow the greens down to about 8 on the stimpmeter and see who the worlds best player is on slow greens. That would be fun too.

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Stephen Curry sponsors the creation of golf program at Howard University



NBA star and avid golfer Stephen Curry has donated a seven-figure sum to Howard University in a move that will see men’s and women’s golf teams at the school for at least the next six years.

As the Washington Post reported on Monday, this will be the first time the school will compete at the Division I level in the sport, and the university plans to have the teams ready to compete for the 2020/21 academic year.

Curry’s donation was partly inspired by Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, and speaking on bringing golf back to Howard, the 31-year-old stated

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful. It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University.”

Howard University’s previous collegiate golf team competed in Division II before disbanding three decades ago, and Curry’s donation is set to be paid out over six years in order for the golf team to become self-sustainable.

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Here is where each player will start the Tour Championship



Justin Thomas’ win at last week’s BMW Championship now gives him the lead in the FedEx Cup playoff race heading to the revamped Tour finale. The 26-year-old will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, with his closest challenger Patrick Cantlay beginning the event two strokes further back at eight-under par.

Here are the starting positions for the 30 players at this week’s Tour Championship.

  • -10: Thomas
  • -8: Patrick Cantlay
  • -7: Brooks Koepka
  • -6: Patrick Reed
  • -5: Rory McIlroy
  • -4: Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer
  • -3: Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
  • -2: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
  • -1: Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie
  • Even Par: Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak

The Tour Championship takes begins on August 22 from East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA, with the winner receiving $15 million.

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How much each player won at the 2019 BMW Championship



Justin Thomas produced a masterclass at Medinah Country Club to take home the BMW Championship title and with it claim the winner’s check worth just over $1.6 million. In what was a crucial week in the FedEx Cup race, Patrick Cantlay who finished runner-up to Thomas collects a check for just under $1 million and will head to Atlanta for the Tour Championship one place back of the 26-year-old.

With players battling for a place at East Lake and no cut in place, here’s a look at what the 69 players in action earned at last week’s BMW Championship.

1: Justin Thomas $1,665,000.00

2 Patrick Cantlay 999,000.00

3 Hideki Matsuyama 629,000.00

4 Tony Finau 444,000.00

T5 Jon Rahm 351,500.00

T5 Brandt Snedeker 351,500.00

T7 Corey Conners 298,312.50

T7 Lucas Glover 298,312.50

T9 Kevin Kisner 259,000.00

T9 Adam Scott 259,000.00

T11 Tommy Fleetwood 196,100.00

T11 Rickie Fowler 196,100.00

T11 Sungjae Im 196,100.00

T11 Louis Oosthuizen 196,100.00

T11 Kevin Tway 196,100.00

T16 J.T. Poston 148,000.00

T16 Rory Sabbatini 148,000.00

T16 Vaughn Taylor 148,000.00

T19 Jason Kokrak 112,110.00

T19 Marc Leishman 112,110.00

T19 Rory McIlroy 112,110.00

T19 Patrick Reed 112,110.00

T19 Xander Schauffele 112,110.00

T24 Paul Casey 78,856.25

T24 Joel Dahmen 78,856.25

T24 Brooks Koepka 78,856.25

T24 Webb Simpson 78,856.25

T28 Byeong Hun An 65,675.00

T28 Abraham Ancer 65,675.00

T28 Si Woo Kim 65,675.00

T31 Wyndham Clark 53,650.00

T31 Emiliano Grillo 53,650.00

T31 Joaquin Niemann 53,650.00

T31 C.T. Pan 53,650.00

T31 Ian Poulter 53,650.00

T31 Gary Woodland 53,650.00

T37 Billy Horschel 40,700.00

T37 Charles Howell III 40,700.00

T37 Ryan Moore 40,700.00

T37 Scott Piercy 40,700.00

T37 Jordan Spieth 40,700.00

T37 Tiger Woods 40,700.00

T43 Keegan Bradley 30,525.00

T43 Adam Hadwin 30,525.00

T43 Troy Merritt 30,525.00

T43 Ryan Palmer 30,525.00

T43 Andrew Putnam 30,525.00

T48 Bryson DeChambeau 23,865.00

T48 Shane Lowry 23,865.00

T48 Phil Mickelson 23,865.00

T48 Collin Morikawa 23,865.00

T52 Jason Day 21,571.00

T52 Dylan Frittelli 21,571.00

T52 Matt Kuchar 21,571.00

T52 Keith Mitchell 21,571.00

T52 Justin Rose 21,571.00

T57 Jim Furyk 20,627.50

T57 Dustin Johnson 20,627.50

T57 Graeme McDowell 20,627.50

T57 Chez Reavie 20,627.50

T61 Max Homa 20,072.50

T61 Francesco Molinari 20,072.50

T63 Rafa Cabrera Bello 19,702.50

T63 Sung Kang 19,702.50

T65 Cameron Champ 19,240.00

T65 J.B. Holmes 19,240.00

T65 Adam Long 19,240.00

68 Harold Varner III 18,870.00

69 Nate Lashley 18,685.00

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