Reflections on Day 1 of PGA Championship

By |  August 11, 2015 0 Comments

I’m halfway recovered from Day 1 of the PGA Championship, about to head out and enjoy Day 2. But first, a few reflections on Day 1…

  • There were three, maybe four horns sounded to halt play due to weather. It made for a herky-jerky, hurry-up-and-wait kinda day. The good news is the course mostly avoided any bullets, as nearby Sheboygan was pounded with an inch of rain, yet the Straits Course only received a fraction of that.
  • A lot of this tournament feels like deja vu for me, as I covered the PGA Championship in 2010. For the veteran crew — Mike Lee, Chris Zugel, Joe Sell and even former assistant superintendent Emily Shircel, who came out of retirement to mow greens this week — it feels the same. Joe, always meticulous, has all the equipment staged in perfect order, Chris is still sarcastic, Mike still stoic. This crew, though young in years, is old in major championship experience.
  • Speaking of sarcasm, Zugel’s line of the day was in regards to green speeds, and directed toward the entire crew. “Remember, if anyone asks you what the speeds are, your answer should be ‘championship speed’ …unless you’re lucky enough to speak Spanish, and then just speak Spanish until they leave you alone.”
  • Sunsets at this course are phenomenal, as we’re about to show you with a photo slideshow post we’re putting together.
  • More soon, including video and player interviews… look for a Golfdom Insider out this afternoon!
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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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