Thought blasts from Monday night of PGA Champ week

By |  August 5, 2014 0 Comments

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 12.47.09 AMWell, apparently that 5-Hour Energy Drink I took at 8 a.m. was extra-strength, because it’s still working at 2 a.m… so, time for some thought blasts:

  • Only talked to one golfer about conditions today (Martin Kaymer) but hopefully that will improve tomorrow. In the meantime, the course will get tougher. Right now the rough needs to grow a little… with some storms predicted and being five days away from the weekend still, it should be tough soon.
  • I have a video interview scheduled with Valhalla superintendent Roger Meier for tomorrow morning. We’ll try to get that turned around quickly, and share it with everyone in tomorrow afternoon’s Golfdom Insider, along with a photo parade. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask Roger, shoot them to me via Twitter, @Golfdom.
  • I saw the Wanamaker Trophy today. Asked the guys if I could shoot it, they said yes. Just when I was about to ask one of the guys if I could nab a quick photo with it, their boss-man showed up and shooed me away. Some people have no sense of humor…
  • No way Tiger plays here this week, right? NO WAY. But I still hope he does…

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    I’m telling you, watch out for my boy Gary Woodland this week!

  • Chatted with one of my favorite pro golfers today, fellow Jayhawk Gary Woodland. Asked him if he thought Andrew Wiggins would get traded by Cleveland for Kevin Love. “They have to trade him,” Woodland said. “It’s too bad for Wiggins, but Love is just too good.” BTW, Gary looked solid on the range… someone to watch out for, folks.
  • There will be a long drive contest tomorrow, on No. 10. It’ll be the first long drive contest at a PGA Championship since 1984. The prize is a money clip, inspired by one Jack Nicklaus won in a long drive contest in 1963. That year Jack hit a wound golf ball, using a persimmon driver, 341 yards. CRIKEY.
  • Meier had good news for the crew tonight… they get about 30 more minutes of sleep tonight. He asked them to be at the course by 5 a.m.
  • More soon… better try again to see if I can get some sleep. (The worst thought is that the crew? They’ll be waking up in about two hours from now…)
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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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