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The slogan the PGA of America coined a number of years in the past to commemorate and promote its PGA Championship because the final of the 4 main championships within the calendar 12 months was: “Glory’s final shot.’’

This week’s PGA Championship, to be performed at Harding Park in San Francisco, represents “Glory’s first shot.

’’ It not solely would be the first main championship of 2020, however the first carried out for the reason that British Open was performed in July 2019 at Royal Portrush in Northern Eire.

With the COVID-19 pandemic having pushed the PGA from Might to August, canceled the British Open and postponed the U.S. Open and Masters to September and November, respectively, the PGA Championship is batting leadoff to the truncated main championship season.

It does so with the PGA Tour having carried out eight weeks of occasions in its restart. And it comes with a listing of a season’s price of large storylines.

The place to begin?

  • With Brooks Koepka is making an attempt to perform one thing nobody has performed in 93 years: a threepeat? This regardless of Koepka having slumped for the higher a part of the previous 12 months with a knee damage and erratic play.
  • With Jon Rahm and his newly minted No. 1 rating, achieved two weeks in the past along with his victory on the Memorial Match, attempting to win his first profession main championship after not having actually contended to win one in his first 13 tries as a professional?
  • With Tiger Woods, who’s performed simply 4 event rounds since February and simply three tournaments in 2020, attempting to win his 16th main championship?
  • With Rory McIlroy, the perceived high participant on the earth, attempting to regain the No. 1 rating Rahm wrested from him two weeks in the past?
  • With Bryson DeChambeau and his 30-something kilos of added muscle and new-found size off the tee supposedly poised to vary the sport?
  • With Dustin Johnson, who gained the Vacationers Championship and adopted that with a pair of 80s en path to a missed lower on the Memorial then an opening-round 78 and a withdrawal from the 3M Championship every week in the past?
  • How about with Jordan Spieth, who’s been slumping so badly the previous three years that nobody even remembers he’s a PGA Championship victory away from finishing the uncommon profession Grand Slam?
  • Or the brand new fleet of 20-somethings quickly rising up the rankings — led by Colin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland?
  • Or Phil Mickelson, who nonetheless believes he has a significant championship victory or two in him at age 50 and flashes that very potential to take action every so often?

We will go on, as a result of there are extra storylines. However you get the image. This week in San Francisco has potential to be memorable.

“There are such a lot of nice storylines, one thing good’s going to occur … we simply don’t know which one it’s,’’ Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, informed The Publish this previous week. “We’ve bought 97 of the highest 100 in world rankings coming. We’re lucky to have the strongest area on paper in golf for the previous 10 or 15 years. Everybody desires to play, and we’re enthusiastic about that.

“We’re proud to be that first main. Now that we’re lastly again into the foremost season, it’s going to be an excellent run of golf. We’ll have us after which [FedExCup] playoffs begin after which U.S. Open and the Masters. It’s going to be a dash, and an excellent one and we’re very proud to kick that off.’’

Waugh mentioned the week, which can embrace no spectators on web site because the PGA Tour has been doing for the previous two months because it’s restart, “will really feel totally different than the final eight weeks, as a result of it’s a main and that strain is there.”

“I feel it’ll be totally different and higher than the final eight weeks, as a result of a significant at all times is,’’ he mentioned. “We’re thrilled to be the primary ones out, for certain. Hopefully, we’ll have an in depth match and a number of drama to the top.’’

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Golfer eliminated from US Amateur after his caddie gets into the bunker to test the texture of the sand on the 18th hole

A golfer has been eliminated from the U.S. Amateur after his caddie violated official rules by testing the texture of sand on the 18th hole. 

The incident occurred Thursday at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon during a round of 16 match between America's Tyler Strafaci and Argentina's Segundo Oliva Pinto. 

The pair were tied when Pinto hit the ball into a greenside bunker, prompting his caddie, Brant Brewer, to step in and touch the sand with his fingers.  

The United States Golf Association rules specifically prohibit players from taking that action, as it may give them information to help them with their next stroke. 

It all came down to the 18th hole.

And then this happened.

The outcome? A 1 up win for Tyler Strafaci. #USAmateur pic.twitter.com/JFJcoSKfFQ

— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) August 14, 2020

Segundo Oliva Pinto was eminated from the U.S. Amateur after his caddie, Brant Brewer, violated official rules by testing the texture of sand on the 18th hole

Brewer was caught on camera kneeling down into the bunker and touching the sand 

The directive - Rule 12.2b in the official USGA book - also extends to a player's caddie - as Pinto found out the hard way.  

Strafaci's caddie - his own father, Frank -  spotted Brewer brushing the sand and promptly called for officials. 

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It created a moment of high drama on the links, as Brewer denied he had bent down in the bunker to touch the sand - but the moment was caught on camera.  

The violation cost Pinto the hole,  and therefore the match. 

It sparked his elimination from the golf world's most prestigious amateur tournament. 

Pinto gave an interview afterward, expressing his disappointment in his caddie's actions 

2020 U.S. Amateur | Segundo Oliva Pinto Interview

Even after a Rules violation by his caddie that cost him the 18th hole and his U.S. Amateur Round-of-16 match, Segundo Oliva Pinto showed great class and sportsmanship.

Posted by United States Golf Association - USGA on Thursday, 13 August 2020

Pinto subsequently told the Golf Channel that he was extremely disappointed in Brewer's actions. 

'He didn't say anything. But at this point it doesn't really matter. What happened, happened. He can say anything, but it won't change what happened,' he stated. 

Strafaci, who is now through to the quarter finals, says he was also disheartened to see his rival eliminated because of his caddie's conduct. 

'It sucks that it came down to that because it was a phenomenal match.' 

Pinto (pictured), who is a native of Argentina, was eliminated from the U.S. Amateur due to the actions of his caddie 

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