Tuesday, Sep. 14
News & Features Archive

Woods, Weir share third-round lead
Tiger Woods started quickly for the second straight day to take the lead at the PGA Championship.

Harig: Cautious, confident Woods
Despite sharing the PGA lead, Tiger Woods isn't as cocky as he was two years ago, says ESPN Golf Online's Bob Harig.

Hole of the day: No. 14
Mike Weir made sure there would be a battle for the crown with his eagle on Saturday.

Couples' round blows up on back nine
Fred Couples was 5-under through 11 holes Saturday before disaster struck, leaving him 1-over and out of the Ryder Cup picture.

Notebook: Magic runs out for Irwin
The unlikely run of 54-year-old Hale Irwin came to an end Saturday with a third-round 78.

Haas sets the midway pace
Skip Kendall got off to a blazing start on an accommodating Medinah Country Club today, shooting a 6-under 30 on the front nine to move into contention in the second round of the PGA Championship.

Frozen moment: Woods makes a quick statement
Tiger Woods needed to do something quickly when he began his round late in the day Friday. Three straight birdies solved that dilemma.

Harig: Haas relishes his opportunity
At age 45, Jay Haas knows there won't be many better chances to win his first major, writes ESPN Golf Online's Bob Harig.

Hole of the day: No. 1
Most of the names on the leaderboard got off to quick starts Friday on the par-4 opening hole.

Notebook: Kendall makes a charge
Skip Kendall got things going early on Friday, breaking the course record with a 65 as part of the second group out.

El Niño storms into PGA lead
Mother Nature soaked Medinah Country Club early Thursday morning, giving players an additional challenge at the start of the PGA Championship.

Frozen moment: Garcia rules the day
Sergio Garcia's last appearance on the big stage was a last-place finish at the British Open. He overcame that Thursday.

Harig: Irwin rekindles memories of '90
Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open in dramatic fashion at Medinah nine years ago. The Senior Tour star played well in the first round Thursday.

Duval, Woods stand firm on Ryder Cup money
After shooting opening round 70s at the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods and David Duval refused to back down on their stance regarding payments for Ryder Cup players.

Former champion Elkington withdraws
Steve Elkington, the 1995 PGA Championship winner, withdrew from this year's event after his caddie was hospitalized with heart problems.

Hole of the day: No. 5
The lengthy par-5 proved to be the easiest hole and a key to Sergio Garcia's day during the first round.

Notebook: Medinah gets wet
Rain which arrived at Medinah Country Club on Thursday softened up the course while keeping conditions dark.

North: A very special PGA
The PGA Championship is the least exciting of the four majors, but ESPN's Andy North says that's not the case this year.

Medinah has 7,401 reasons to be tough
On the eve of the PGA Championship, ESPN Golf Online's Bob Harig says Medinah Country Club will challenge players thanks to the 7,401-yard length.

Van de Velde sticks by his decision
Four weeks after the 72nd hole disaster at Carnoustie, Jean Van de Velde insists he did nothing wrong. "It's still just a game," he says.

Notebook: PGA changing playoff system
Starting with next year's PGA Championship, a three-hole playoff will be used instead of sudden death.

Big names still chasing first major
David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie are three of the best golfers in the world, but each arrives at Medinah still seeking the first major of his career.

Duval is center of PGA attention
David Duval arrives at the PGA Championship as the No. 1 player in the world. He also arrives as the No. 1 player people are most interested in.

Woods chases second major ... again
After running away with the 1997 Masters, everyone expected Tiger Woods to dominate golf. But 10 majors later, Woods is still looking for a second victory.

Singh works his way to top of game
ESPN Golf Online's Bob Harig says defending champion Vijay Singh's practice sessions are legendary among his fellow golfers.

Players to watch
ESPN Golf Online's Greg Robertson picks the cream of the crop at the century's final major.

Players getting familiar with Medinah
The early reviews are coming in about Medinah Country Club, and some complaints are already being heard.

Length matters at Medinah
The fairways will be narrow and the rough deep, but players still will have 7,400 yards to deal with at the PGA Championship.

Sluman, Sutton hope history repeats itself
Hal Sutton and Jeff Sluman each won the PGA Championship in the mid-1980s and were at the top of the golf world. Both pretty much vanished for the next decade before resurrecting their careers.

Switching sides
Medinah is a classic golf course that has been repeatedly revamped, strategically elongated and fully leveraged to meet 21st-century demands.

Medinah is bittersweet for Watson
Forgive Tom Watson if he's a little down this week. The PGA is the only major he never won, and Medinah is the site of one of his biggest U.S. Open collapses.

Year of difficult majors comes to an end
ESPN's Jimmy Roberts says players have one more difficult chance to claim a major in 1999.

What to watch for at Medinah
From the hardest hole to the signature clubhouse at Medinah, the editors of Golf Magazine offer some keys to the PGA Championship.

Tournament within the tournament
As if the PGA Championship isn't enough pressure, several players also must deal with the end of the Ryder Cup points chase this week.

PGA Championship trivia quiz
Test your knowledge about 80 years of PGA Championship golf.

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