Justin Thomas returns to defend his PGA Championship title, Bellerive gets a lot of rain on Tuesday, and a Chicagoan gives you a quick guide to everything St. Louis.
This is Major
We’re off to St. Louis and Bellerive Country Club for the season’s final major. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the PGA Championship and the world’s best players are set to face a soft, long, and “patchy” golf course. Welcome to August in the Missouri Valley.
Jordan’s Friend Gets a Major
Last year saw Justin Thomas cap off his breakthrough season with a victory at the 99th PGA Championship. JT was in a battle with Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama, and others at the “renovated” Quail Hollow. He started the back nine with a dramatic putt and capped it off with a phenomenal chip in and blistered 7 iron. He arrives at Bellerive as the most recent winner on the PGA Tour and the defending champion.
Bellerive Country Club
As many of you are probably already aware, Bellerive is not our favorite golf course. It is an artificial design that is predicated around the philosophy of protecting par. It’s a long golf course on a big property though, and that is apparently what qualifies you to host a major championship.
Bellerive is a Jones family creation, originally by RTJ Sr. and then renovated by Rees Jones in 2006. As with most Jones family products, Andy had some words to say about the course. Read his full article on Bellerive and RTJ HERE.
The course has hosted PGA Tour events in the past, most recently hosting the BMW Championship in 2008. Camilo Villegas won that week but sadly he is not in the field this week because he is not very good anymore.
We’ll be able to get over the golf course assuming the drama is there on Sunday. Good tournaments have the ability to outshine poor golf courses but it is going to take a group effort to create something special in Missouri.
Bomb and Gouge - Bellerive is extremely lush right now. It is extremely hot and humid during St. Louis summers so water is required it they don’t want to kill the grass. Add in some thunderstorms and Bellerive is already wet wet wet. This style of golf is great for guys like Rory, DJ, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Koepka, Rahm, etc. A bomber will win this golf tournament.
Get off the Pot - Dustin Johnson is one of the best golfers in the world, that cannot be argued. Still, he is missing major championships for his resume. If he wants to be looked at as one of the best of all time he needs to start piling up the majors. Bellerive is a great spot for him to do just that.
Season Saver - Jordan Spieth has had a down year in 2018 and could really use a strong finish. He almost pulled off the Open Championship but faltered in the final round. Spieth isn’t the longest guy on tour but he is plenty long to compete at Bellerive.
With the golf course soft and slow, here’s who Paulie likes for Glory’s Last Shot.
A Chicagoan’s Completely Unbiased Guide to St. Louis
Many of you may be wondering what to do while visiting St. Louis this week and I figured I would give you my unbiased guide to the city. I have been there twice and am confident I can give an accurate description.
If you’re looking for great baseball… hop on I-55 and head north, Wrigley Field is only 4 hours away. The Cubs have the best record in the NL and have dominated their division recently. St. Louis also has a baseball team.
If you’re looking for a shiny metal tourist trap… take the same directions as above but stop a few miles south of Wrigley. “The Bean” is completely free to take mirror pics with and doesn’t require any claustrophobic pod rides.
If you’re looking for shitty beer... you’re in luck! Bud Light is made right there in St. Louis!
If you’re looking for a body of water to sit by… The Mississippi River flows right through St. Lou! It is usually only pretty muddy and sometimes you can see dead fish floating in the pollution. Lake Michigan is right up I-55 if you’d prefer a real water view.
If you’re looking for dessert… Ted Drewes is amazing. I can’t even pretend to hate on it. It is well worth the wait and you’ll enjoy every second of goodness.
More Fried Egg PGA Championship Coverage
Andy was joined by Brendan Porath and Kevin Van Valkenburg to breakdown the PGA Championship. They discuss the field, Bellerive, and the future of the event.
Desi Isaacson and Andy also wrote a piece on the implications of a win for many players in the field. Dive into their breakdown HERE
The Web.com Tour (and some basketball player guy) head to TPC Stonebrae outside of San Francisco. Tee Times
Lucy Li leads the field at the US Women’s Amateur as they head into match play. Leaderboard
Not a surprise, but Tiger wants Bryson on the Ryder Cup team. Story