Volume Three Hundred Twenty Four

Rory comes roaring back!

Hittin' the LinksHello golf fans and welcome to Hittin’ the Links! So how about Rory McIlroy putting on a clinic at the PGA Championship this weekend. A record breaking 8 shot win ought to go a long way to quiet his recent critics. And he did it all while still dating Caroline Wozniacki, guess she’s not bad luck after all.

In this PGA Championship edition of HtL we begin with a look into Haney’s next subject, see how Mickelson views himself as a baseball owner, and check out the big money to be had at the PGA Championship. Also, we peruse some twitterific pictures, investigate a disqualification, and do a wrap-up of the week’s events. Read on!

2012 PGA Championship Final Round Chat

Join us Sunday when coverage starts for a live chat during the final round coverage of the 2012 PGA Championship!

Staff Predictions for 2012 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

Glory’s Last Shot heads to South Carolina, lets see what the staff expects for this years event.

Thrash TalkThe 2012 seasons last major the PGA Championship heads to Kiawah Island with lots of intriguing story lines. Last years winner Keegan Bradley wins last week at the Bridgestone, and of course who can forget Tiger who is always a favorite in any major. The weather at Kiawah Island will likely be a big factor, and it will be interesting to see how the players handle it. Let’s see what the staff expects for this years event.

A Vacation on Kiawah Island

I hadn’t ever thought of vacationing at Kiawah Island, but now I can’t wait to go back!

2012 PGA Championship LogoMany people aren’t aware of the fact that Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup mere months after it opened. Check out Google Earth and go back to aerial photos from 1989 and you won’t even see the beginnings of a golf course. Yet less than two years later the site hosted the “War by the Shore” that really set the modern-day Ryder Cup as the most hotly contested, emotional, nationalistic event in golf.

Since 1991, the Ocean Course has played host to several local PGA events, a senior PGA Championship or two, and this week, will host the strongest field in golf in “Glory’s Last Shot” – the 2012 PGA Championship will play over the 18 seaside holes off the south-eastern coast of South Carolina, 45 minutes from Charleston.

I was able to spend a few days with my family vacationing on this exclusive, semi-private island. We played some golf, we lounged in the pools, and we boogie-boarded in the ocean.

Volume Three Hundred Twenty Three

And the long putter just keeps on racking up those wins!

Hittin' the LinksIt was another hot week for the long putter; they racked up three more wins on the PGA and Champions Tours this weekend. I know its a hot topic but the USGA and R&A will be making a huge mistake in my book if they decide to ban the long putter. Too many people have been making their living using these things for a long time and many of the younger players have known nothing else. But hey if they want to ban something just because “it doesn’t look right” or some other idiotic reason then go for it. I personally would love to see them ban it and then the PGA Tour not abide by the rule.

Anyway, let me get down off my soapbox and checkout whats in this week’s Hittin’ the Links. We begin with a look at the golf whisperer, then find out who needs a star, and investigate whats up with David Duval. Also on tap, we checkout more belly controversy, take a peek at a subway made golf course, and do a wrap-up of the week’s events. read on!

Cobra Golf Release Two New Special Edition Drivers

Cobra Golf teams up with Ferrari to create a luxurious new driver and creates a special AMP driver to honor Rickie Fowler’s “Sunday Orange.”

Bag DropOver the summer, Cobra Golf will release two special edition drivers. The first, debuting in July, is a creation based on a collaboration between Cobra equipment engineers and aerodynamics engineers at Ferrari. The result is a fast, beautiful, and expensive driver that is the centerpiece of the Ferrari Golf Collection.

The second special edition on its way is an all orange version of the Cobra AMP driver. Much like the all pink driver that PING created for Bubba Watson, Cobra has essentially done the same with the AMP driver for Rickie Fowler. For those that thought that the original AMP was a lot of orange, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Tiger Struggling at the Weekend

Tiger has been out of character on the weekends of the majors. Let’s take a deeper look at why.

Thrash TalkThe last two majors we have watched Tiger go from playing very solid golf Thursday and Friday, then switching personalities and struggling through the weekend. This is so out of character to the person we watched play from 2000 to 2008 that it leaves golf talking heads blaming everything from his shoes to his swing coach. I actually think Brandel Chamblee looks forward to Tiger playing poorly so that he can tell the world what a lousy swing coach Sean Foley is, and how great anyone named Harmon is. I have almost started to root for Tiger just to have Brandel move on to different topics.

What catches my eye about Tiger’s struggles is his play on Saturdays. I think Sunday at both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship the weather was significantly different and Tiger was forced to press and play outside of his comfortable conservative strategy that he had planned for himself.