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Images from The 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol PDF Print E-mail

 

Photos by Jason Bruno

 

Covering a major championship is a unique experience, and last week at Baltusrol

was no different. Many of the images and a few videos as well were posted via our

Twitter page (https://twitter.com/LinksNation) throughout the PGA Championship.

Here are a few of our favorite images from the week in Springfield, New Jersey.

 

 


The entry into the club is modest and as old school as the date it was established.

 

 

 

 

There are two courses at Baltusrol, the Upper and the Lower - which is used as the championship layout.

Part of the upper course served as the spectator lawn around the clubhouse, driving range and 18th hole.

 

 


 

Home base for the week, the Media Center was located conveniently across

from the clubhouse and practice green.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the media center early Tuesday before things became really busy.

Note the Long Drive Competition standings, at the time Rory McIlroy was

leading. He would finish 2nd to Byeong Hun An.

 

 

 

 

 

By Wednesday evening most of the players lot and their Mercedes SUV's were gone.

The prep work was finished, rest became the priority before the start of round 1.

 

 

 

 

 

The famous par 3 fourth is a stunner, check the front right pin location for round 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the lake now wider on the left, sand and thick rough on the right, the tee shot at the

eighteenth hole delivered a great challenge to find the shortgrass. Once in the fairway, the

ultimate risk reward awaits. Jason Day showed us that on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green at the home hole looked so benign early in the week from the clubhouse

view (above), add in some pressure, a tough pin placement and a few thousand

spectators and it's a different matter.

 


 

 

 

 

 

The sticks of Phil

Mickelson. Callaway

had Baltusrol

themed green and

white striped staff

bags for this years

last major. Lefty

has gone with the

Cally X forged

muscle cavity

irons in recent

years.

Note the custom PM

grind lob wedge with

lead tape - his

money maker.

 

Phil would go on to

finish T33 at

Baltusrol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Wannamaker trophy was on the 1st tee for Thursday's opening round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S Open Champion Dustin Johnson's TMAG setup

 


 

 

 

Charl's new PXG sticks - Tour players don't usually make an

equipment company switch mid-season, but now we know why . . .

 

 

 

 

 

It was announced shortly after the PGA that Nike is transitioning

out of the Golf equipment biz. There will be "Free Agents" galore

for the 2017 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Kizner shows off his Georgia Bulldog pride

 

 

 

 

 

Masters Champ Danny Willet's bag. Check out the short iron that looks

like it got in a fight with a can of red spray paint.

 

 


 

I managed a nice spot

on the range to get an

upclose look at Jordan

Spieth's practice

session as caddie

Michael Grellar looks

on during their pre-

round warm up on

Thursday afternoon.


Spieth had a solid but

unspectacular PGA

Championship,

finishing tied for 13th

at 6 under par.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sergio Garcia was trending upwards coming in, but failed to make the cut.

 

 

 

 

 

Each morning in the media center pairing sheets and Pin locations are available.

 

 


 

 

The 2016 Masters and Open Champion got in some serious work on the practice green at Baltusrol.

 

 

 

 

 

It was Jimmy Walker who ended day 1 with the lead, and finished day 4 with the trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Bryson DeChambeau Q&A PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

Bryson DeChambeau, he might have just turned professional here at the RBC Heritage last week,

(he finished tied for 4th in his debut) but he's already considered to be one of the most interesting

players on the Tour. Last Tuesday afternoon at Harbour Town, immediately after his Cobra/Puma

press conference, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the 22 year old phenom that everyone

wants to know more about.


LinksNation: Congrats on turning professional and signing with Cobra/Puma, but before we

talk golf, I wanted to start by asking you how your Dad is doing? (Bryson's Dad is suffering

from Kidney failure and regularly has dialysis treatments)


Bryson DeChambeau: Thank You it's an exciting time for me as a golfer. My Dad is hanging

in there. Keeping my fingers crossed, it looks like we have a kidney donor for him.


LN: I understand the donor is Mike Watney (Nick Watney's uncle).


BD: Yes, that's right. We are very thankful, and thank you for your thoughts on my Dad.


LN: Last week You shot 72 on Sunday at Augusta and finished tied for 21st, your thoughts?


BD: It was an amazing experience, making that final putt on the 18th hole was the final

stroke of my amateur career. What a way to end it and begin a new chapter. I wasn't

disappointed when I looked at what Tiger shot in his first Masters - 72-72-77-72 (tied for

41st).


LN: What did you learn from the veterans that you played with earlier in the week?


BD: I learned from Phil Mickelson to get the proper rest, basically not to over do it before

Thursday . . . and yet I still over did it.


LN: Was that from the excitement of playing in your first Masters or was it over-preparing?


BD: Definitely from over-preparing.


LN: You were even par after 36 holes and still in the hunt, what were the expectations

at that point?


BD: To be honest, after Friday I was really tired. I had expended too much energy.


LN: Here at Harbour Town the course is so much different than last week at Augusta,

will anything in your set change for a week on a much shorter and tighter golf course?


BD: The only thing in my bag that might change is the hybrid and 5 wood. I'll decide

that before Thursday's round. The rest of my bag won't change at all.


A gift from DeChambeau to the media who were on hand for his "Hello World" moment.



LN: I watched you hit balls on the range earlier today, and as opposed to most of the

guys who have a definite shot shape they favor, your shots don't tend to curve at all.

Everything looked to be dead straight, can you elaborate?


BD: Yes. Straight is my ball flight of choice. What you saw really wasn't a typical

ball striking session for me. I was working on a few things, but it's true I prefer to

not see the ball curve much.


LN: You appear to be the perfect match for a company like Cobra/Puma, your thoughts. . .


BD: Yeah, it was a natural fit for me. My goal was to partner with a company that

would allow me to be me. Cobra/Puma complements my style and my desire to be

innovative. I'm an outside the box thinker, so this was the right company for me.


LN: Is it more of a challenge to get your set dialed in with the same length shaft

configuration? Is there a specific MOI that your looking for in your set?


BD: Absolutely. It is not an easy task to get a new set exactly matched up with

my specs. We are still working it out. I'll be playing these (DeChambeau proceeds

to show me each iron in his set and where exactly the weight is placed for his

optimum feel and performance) until we get my new set dialed in. I have tried

some Cobra blades, but we need to work some more on gettin them just right.

As for MOI, there is a specific number, my club guy has all of those specs.


LN: What does the remainder of 2016 look like for you schedule wise?


BD: I have 9 events.  7 exemptions and 2 invitationals that will take me into the

summer. Valero, Colonial, Byron Nelson, Memorial, Quicken Loans and Travelers -

those are some of the events. I'm really looking forward to starting my professional

career this week here at Harbour Town.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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