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13 August 2010

The 92nd PGA Championship opened today and it was no surprise that Tiger Woods was the story of the day.  Believe it or not Tiger Woods actually carded a decent score (one under par) which has resulted in hours of television devoted to Tiger’s improved swing and his supposed new swing coach, Sean Foley.   Not to worry, we at have no idea who this guy is either (except that he is a swing coach and probably rolls deep with hookers and pornstars now that he’s hanging with Tiger.)

Now, on to the rest of the field and events of the day:

Play was delayed for a few hours in the morning due to heavy fog which subsequently forced play to be suspended on the account of darkness.  Ernie Els, a three time major champion, is atop the leader board at 4 under par on through fourteen holes.  Phil Mickelson is 1 under par through eleven holes. Louis Oosthuizen who earned a spot in the field with his British Open victory is at even par through eleven holes as well.

The story line for Day 2 is still going to be Tiger Woods, but if Ernie Els can build upon his solid showing before play was stopped, we may have ourselves a tournament worth watching.

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Ryder Cup:  a biennial golf event featuring the United States versus Europe in a 3 day golf match

Cutline:  Commonly referred to as the “Cut” it is generally the top 70 players or anyone within 10 strokes of the leader.

World Golf Championship:  a series of four golf tournaments sanctioned by five world golf governing bodies.

Ace:  Another word for a hole in one (the golfer is able to put the ball in the cup in one shot).

Approach:  A shot that occurs for a golfer after a tee shot and before a chip or put.  Essentially, it is a long to middle distance shot to get the ball within striking distance of the green where the cup is.

Chip:  A shot used to hit the ball a short distance so the golfer can transition from swinging clubs to using a putter to roll the ball into the hole.

Dogleg:  A hole that significantly curves between the tee box and the hole.  The name comes from the shape of the hole which resembles a dog leg.

Drive:  A shot used to hit the ball a long distance from the tee box.

Handicap:  The average score an amateur golfer gets over 18 holes.  For instance, a 6 handicap would usually shoot a 78 on a course that was a par 72.

Links:  Another word for a golf course.  Origins were early courses that were by the seaside, thus holes linked land and sandy soil.

Par:  The number of shots that it should take a skilled golfer to complete each hole, and in turn the entire course.
PGA:  Professional Golfers Association—the league that contains the world’s best golfers. St Andrews is a par 72 course.

Pitch:  See Chip above.

USGA:  United States Golf Association, the body that sets the rules for professional and amateur golf.

Majors: US Open, the Masters, PGA Championship, British Open.