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August 15, 2000 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 82nd PGA Championship begins Thursday on a golf course that is younger than Tiger Woods. Woods is 24 and Valhalla Golf Club is still a teenager at 14, which means it has sort of reached that awkward stage. Out here in the heat and humidity and bluegrass, Valhalla is gangly, hard to love and still trying to grow up and find personal acceptance. Could that happen this week? Well, it's going to be a struggle.
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September 15, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
As a golf event, it's become a biennial tradition, and not a good one for the United States. The Ryder Cup rolls around, the European team rolls over the U.S. team, the U.S. captain says he can't for the life of him understand why the ball rolls the way it does and the criticism rolls in and swamps the whole mess. Starting today, it's Ryder Cup week, so let's get this thing rolling one more time. No, it hasn't been a great nine years for U.S. Ryder Cup fortunes, and despite encouraging words from captain Paul Azinger, the fact that Tiger Woods is sitting this one out while the matches start Friday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., means it's likely to get worse before it gets better.
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August 6, 1996 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Jones, the U.S. Open champion, the guy who then tied for 70th at Memphis and at the Western Open, and missed the cut at the British Open, was so concerned about the shape of his golf game last week that he decided there was only one way to get really serious about preparing for this week's PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky. He went fishing . . . in Montana . . . all week.
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August 15, 2000 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 82nd PGA Championship begins Thursday on a golf course that is younger than Tiger Woods. Woods is 24 and Valhalla Golf Club is still a teenager at 14, which means it has sort of reached that awkward stage. Out here in the heat and humidity and bluegrass, Valhalla is gangly, hard to love and still trying to grow up and find personal acceptance. Could that happen this week? Well, it's going to be a struggle.
SPORTS
September 15, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
As a golf event, it's become a biennial tradition, and not a good one for the United States. The Ryder Cup rolls around, the European team rolls over the U.S. team, the U.S. captain says he can't for the life of him understand why the ball rolls the way it does and the criticism rolls in and swamps the whole mess. Starting today, it's Ryder Cup week, so let's get this thing rolling one more time. No, it hasn't been a great nine years for U.S. Ryder Cup fortunes, and despite encouraging words from captain Paul Azinger, the fact that Tiger Woods is sitting this one out while the matches start Friday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., means it's likely to get worse before it gets better.
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August 16, 2001
(With last year held) 3: Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio(1975) 3: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.(1978) 2: Olympia Fields Country Club, Matteson, Ill.(1961) 2: Keller Golf Club, St. Paul, Minn.(1954) 2: Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver(1985) 2: Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Ala.(1990) 2: Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.(1979) 2: Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.(1994) 2: Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky.
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August 25, 2006 | Thomas Bonk
Even though every player paired with Tiger Woods in the final round of a major failed to win, Bob May came as close as anyone. In the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., May shot his third consecutive 66 and Woods closed with a 67, tying Woods after 72 holes, but lost by one shot in a dramatic three-hole playoff. May's 72-66-66-66 at Valhalla was 18 under par and gave him a share with Woods of the PGA Championship scoring record in relation to par.
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September 19, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- He has been swinging under the radar so far this week, but the wraps come off Phil Mickelson early today when the Ryder Cup finally gets going. There surely must be some Mickelson moments if the U.S. is going to reverse its steeply downhill momentum against Europe.
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August 16, 2000 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Duval has to wait until at least next year for a chance to win his first major. Duval, the No. 3-ranked player in the world, withdrew Tuesday from the PGA Championship because of continuing problems with a sore back. Duval never reached Valhalla Golf Club, but stayed instead at Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was resting and exercising to relieve pain in his back.
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August 11, 1996 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe it was Kermit. Birdies. Bogeys. Frogs? It was a bad omen at the PGA Championship. A small frog hopped in front of Ernie Els before his third shot on the seventh hole at Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday, and Els backed off. He left his shot short of the green and it rolled back down the hill. He putted up the hill and the ball rolled back down again. For his fifth shot, Els putted the ball 12 feet past the hole and two-putted from there for a double-bogey seven.
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August 6, 1996 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steve Jones, the U.S. Open champion, the guy who then tied for 70th at Memphis and at the Western Open, and missed the cut at the British Open, was so concerned about the shape of his golf game last week that he decided there was only one way to get really serious about preparing for this week's PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky. He went fishing . . . in Montana . . . all week.
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September 1, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Which is more important for the Galaxy these days: To finish with a better record than the expansion San Jose Earthquakes, who have matched Los Angeles stride for stride, or to make a bit more money off David Beckham? If you guessed the latter, you win. In its continuing quest to become a global brand, the Galaxy will head Down Under again in the off-season, with one match planned against an Oceania XI in Auckland, New Zealand, on Dec. 6. Here, though, is the kicker: The Major League Soccer team is charging a $1.2-million appearance fee, according to the New Zealand Herald, which said a second match is being arranged for Beckham and company in Brisbane, Australia.
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September 20, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tales of the unexpected, that's what the U.S. Ryder Cup team conjured up Friday at Valhalla Golf Club, where success suddenly broke out and the only people chanting "Boo" meant Weekley. How unusual was it? Not much, but only if you overlook a lot of unwanted history. The U.S.
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