By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Phil Mickelson spent Monday practicing at Oak Hill Country Club, site of the PGA Championship next week. He was joined by his caddie Jim Mackay and putting coach Dave Pelz.
The PGA of America's twitter account captured this photo of Mickelson, wearing shorts, while he practiced.
Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell and Bo Van Pelt were also on site.
Tiger Woods is expected to arrive at Oak Hill around 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday. His caddie Joe LaCava was already there, scouting the course.
All are in the field at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, a short flight from Rochester, N.Y.
The last time the PGA Championship was played at Oak Hill, Mickelson had a share of the lead after a 66 in the opening round. He shot 75-72-75 the next three days and tied for 23rd.
Woods, meanwhile, shot 74-72-73-73 at Oak Hill for his highest total in a major -- until last month at Merion, where he finished his week at 13-over 293.
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Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Winner's interview: About 30-45 minutes after tournament's conclusion
Tee times are out for the first two rounds of the RBC Canadian Open, where Scott Piercy is trying to become just the second player in the history of golf's third-oldest tournament to successfully defend his title. The only other player to do it was Jim Furyk, who went back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
Here's a closer look at the group and other notable groups to watch the first two rounds (all times ET):
Scott Piercy, Ernie Els, Luke Donald: Piercy won this tournament a year ago and also played well in 2011, finishing sixth. Els, meanwhile, has had four finishes in the top six in his last eight starts worldwide. Donald finished third in the event in 2010. They'll tee off at 12:45 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday.
Woody Austin, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk: Austin is coming off his first victory in six years and another strong performance could get him into the FedExCup Playoffs picture. McDowell, who won the RBC Heritage earlier this season, is playing this RBC event for the first time. They'll tee off at 12:55 p.m. Thursday and 7:40 a.m. Friday.
Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson: Kuchar has a half-dozen top 10s this year, including two wins. He also finished fourth in this tournament in 2010. Snedeker enters the week off three straight finishes in the top 20 and he finished fifth the last time this event was played at Glen Abbey. They'll tee off at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and 12:45 p.m. Friday.
Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan: It has been a breakout season for Horschel, who has seven top 10s, including a first, second and third. He's cooled of late, however, with no finishes in the top 30 in his last three starts. Mahan, who was in the final pairing on Sunday at Muirfield, finished fourth here in 2004. They'll tee off at 7:40 a.m. Thursday and 12:55 p.m. Friday.
Each week, PGATOUR.COM's Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton offers his Power Rankings for the weekly TOUR event as well as his Sleeper picks. But what about the players who don't make the Power Rankings but who can't really be considered Sleepers? Bolton will make one "wild card" selection from the large group of players who fall into that middle range but might rise up to claim the title. This week's pick is ...
There may not be a better example of a Wild Card anywhere in the world right now. In his last nine starts worldwide, he's won three times, placed T58 at The Open Championship and missed five cuts, all in some of the most notable tournaments of the year. It defies logic, but the numbers support yet another endorsement at Glen Abbey this week. If he logged enough rounds to qualify for official rankings, he'd sit 10th on the PGA TOUR in fairways hit, 11th in strokes gained-putting, 22nd in adjusted scoring and 11th scrambling.
GULLANE, Scotland -- Tiger Woods needed just three holes to make his first birdie on Friday morning.
A 12-footer at No. 3 moved the world No. 1 to 3 under and two strokes off Zach Johnson's lead. But Woods promptly gave that stroke back at the next hole when he three-putted from 25 feet, missing a 5-footer to save par.
McDowell, who has either won or missed the cut in his last eight starts, has work to do. He birdied his second hole byt still stands 3 over for the tournament after shooting 75 in the first round.
Graeme McDowell has won three times worldwide in 2013, including the RBC Heritage. (Carr/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Graeme McDowell won in his last start before The Open Championship, at the French Open, but that may not be a good omen for this week. He has three wins, including the RBC Heritage, and five missed cuts in his past eight starts, following each victory with a missed cut. “I think my season has not felt as inconsistent as perhaps it's read,” McDowell said before pointing out that most of those missed cuts have been by small margins. “It hasn't really been as bad as it's read. I felt fairly decent with my game most of the year.”
He had a chance to win last year’s Open Championship, playing with Adam Scott in Sunday’s final group. He shot a final-round 75 to finish five shots back of Ernie Els in fifth place.
Muirfield was the only course in the rotation that McDowell had never played before, but he played it last week after winning the French Open. He called this week’s site a “fair test,” and said that’s why 13 of the 15 Open Championships at Muirfield have been won by World Golf Hall of Fame members.
“When a links golf course starts to play firm and fast, some of the fairways can be quite undulating and lots of humps and hollows. That's just the nature of links golf,” McDowell said. “If you catch the wrong side of a slope or downslope or upslope, it can be construed as quite unfair. I don't think there is anything like that on this course. This course is just all there in front of you. You hit the shots, they'll be where you expect them to be.”
McDowell will play the opening rounds at Muirfield with Tiger Woods and 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen.
“I tweeted early in the week, that Tiger and Louis' golf swings are probably two of my favorite swings in the world,” McDowell said. “So that's never bad to play beside two guys with the rhythm and golf swings like they have. I'll be very excited about that pairing and the obvious natural intensity that that brings and I'll be using that to my advantage.”
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champ who almost pulled off a second win last year at the Olympic Club, said the final five holes this week will provide Merion with the kind of defense that should prevent players from going really low on the less-than-7,000 yard layout.
"I can't think of a tougher finish that I've seen at a U.S. Open," McDowell said.
Here's how the Northern Irishman sizes up each of the last five holes:
14TH HOLE (par 4, 464 yards): "An incredibly difficult golf hole. If you miss it left off the tee, it's either lost ball (or) if you do find it, you're going back to the tee box, it's unplayable."
15TH HOLE (par 4, 411 yards): "You're aiming at the road. Guys are going to be hitting it out of bounds there for fun. The right hand side is deep rough and deep bunkers."
16TH HOLE (par 4, 430 yards): "With that tier in the green, as soft as it is now, it's going to be tough to find the top portion -- that is if you find the fairway. Very difficult second shot."
17TH HOLE (par 3, 246 yards): "It's all you want."
18TH HOLE (par 4, 521 yards)" "I missed my drive slightly off the back tee last Wednesday, I missed the fairway. They've got all the length there."