Friday 15 November 2019

US PGA short chips

Stars unlikely to get snapped feeding gators

Ernie Els of South Africa hits balls on the practice range with a training aid on his arm in preparation for this week's PGA Championship golf tournament.
Ernie Els of South Africa hits balls on the practice range with a training aid on his arm in preparation for this week's PGA Championship golf tournament.

VISITORS to the US PGA have been warned not to feed the alligators which abound on Kiawah Island.

"Please do not disturb or feed alligators, snakes or other natural wildlife while on the grounds of the Ocean Course," says the notice on the timesheet and at various points around the course.

Feed alligators? These things eat chickens, dogs and anything else foolish enough to stray too close to the edge of the ponds they inhabit and are as partial to human limbs as we are buffalo wings (mmmmmm!)

So you're unlikely to offer one a lick of your ice cream.

Two or three gators reside in the pond in front of the world-famous 17th green and even US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love paused during a practice round to take a snap on his phone.

Els putting plenty of

focus on losing the belly

RUMOUR on the range here has it that Open champ Ernie Els is so happy with progress his putting has made under 'Eye Training' specialist Dr Sherylle Calder, he may abandon the belly putter once the season runs down.

Els has wielded a long putter since last summer and it helped him win the Claret Jug last month, yet the South African is old school and has never been entirely comfortable using one.

Tiger's boat small fry

beside bubba's shrimper

NOT to be outdone, Bubba Watson tweeted yesterday: "Hey, Tiger Woods brought his boat -- so I brought mine!!"

With this tweet, the US Masters champ posted a picture of a Charleston shrimper just off the shore of Kiawah Island.

Never miss a trick these guys ... one free meal at the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant chain coming up (if you'll pardon the pun).

Storm gathers on the

shore for green wave

TWISTING the 'War on the Shore' tag given to the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, local paper 'The Post and Courier' topped yesterday's preview of the PGA with the headline 'Pour on the Shore'.

They were referring, of course, to repeated thunderstorms which dumped six inches of rain on the Ocean Course during the practice rounds.

So it was entirely predictable for the opening day of the tournament to dawn under blue skies broken only by the occasional jet trail, in blazing 90 degree sunshine and crushing humidity.

Yet the forecast's not great for today, with a 60pc chance of showers and thunderstorms and winds between 15 and 20mph, potentially gusting over 30mph in the afternoon, when Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke are on the course.

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