2012 PGA Championship: Tee Times, News, Leaderboard Updates And More From Kiawah Island

The PGA's best tee it up at the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for a chance to claim the year's final major.

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Attitude Adjustment Costs Tiger Woods At 2012 PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy On Pace To Break Jack Nicklaus’ Majors Record

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2012 PGA Championship Purse, Prize Money: How Much Did Rory McIlroy Earn This Week?

Rory McIlroy cruised to an easy win at the 2012 PGA Championship, lapping the field and finishing at 13-under for the tournament. With the win, McIlroy earned a seven-figure payday, nearly doubling up the prize money for second place. Everyone in the top-18 earned six-figures, but the real winner was McIlroy, both in an earnings sense and a literal one.

After a solid first two days, Noted Golf Enthusiast Tiger Woods finished well off the pace, ending his tournament at 2-under. He struggled throughout the weekend, finishing in a tie for 11th place with a whole host of people, 11 shots off the pace.

Here's what the prize money breakdown looks like for the top-10. As a reminder, prize money for ties is determined by pooling the money, then splitting it equal ways amongst the competitors.

First place: Rory McIlroy, $1,445,000
Second place: David Lynn, $865,000
Tie for third: Carl Pettersson $384,500
Tie for third: Justin Rose $384,500
Tie for third: Keegan Bradley $384,500
Tie for third: Ian Poulter $384,500
Tie for seventh: Blake Adams $226,000
Tie for seventh: Jamie Donaldson $226,000
Tie for seventh: Peter Hanson $226,000
Tie for seventh: Steve Stricker $226,000

A breakdown of the rest of the purse -- without ties -- can be found here.

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2012 PGA Championship Winner: Rory McIlroy Ran Away With It

Rory McIlroy blew away the rest of the field on Sunday afternoon, winning the 2012 PGA Championship with one of the more impressive major performances in some time. The Northern Ireland native ended up beating the rest of the field by eight strokes, earning his second major victory -- and the honor of being the world's top-ranked golfer -- at the young age of 23.

McIlroy finished 13-under on Sunday while making his way around the course at Kiawah Island Resort. He made six birdies en route to breaking a 1980 Jack Nicklaus record of finishing seven strokes ahead of his closest competition over the course of the four-day tournament. It's interesting, by the way, that McIlroy finished with the same margin of victory in his other major victory at the 2011 US Open.

The young golfer entered Sunday's final round as an "overwhelming favorite" with Tiger Woods his closest competition according to the oddsmakers, but Woods was no competition for McIlroy as Sunday wore on considering Woods finished just two-under compared to McIlroy's 13-under.

David Lynn finished in second place at five under par while four golfers -- including Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose -- finished in a third-place tie.

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2012 PGA Championship Purse: Prize Money Breakdown For This Week's Event

Edit: Rory McIlroy wins: Breakdown of the prize money.

With an $8 million purse, the PGA Championship is one of the richest golf tournaments of the 2012 season, ranking up there with the other three majors. The winner of the PGA Championship will become an instant millionaire, taking home just over $1.44 million as well as a nifty trophy. Not bad for less than a week's worth of work.

The rest of the field will also be vying for significant money. Each of the players in the top 5 will pocket over $320,000 and 18 spots are worth six figures.


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Here is the partial breakdown of the prize money. A full list can be found here.

First place: $1,445,000
Second place: $865,000
Third place: $545,000
Fourth place: $385,000
Fifth place: $320,000
Sixth place: $288,000
Seventh place: $259,000
Eighth place: $235,000
Ninth place: $214,000
10th place: $196,000
11th place: $180,000
12th place: $165,500
13th place: $152,000
14th place: $140,000
15th place: $130,500
16th place: $121,500
17th place: $113,500
18th place: $106,500
19th place: $99,500
20th place: $93,000

In the event of a tie -- and there's always ties -- the prize money is pooled and dispersed. For example, if there's a four-way tie for second, the second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place prizes are combined, then divided by four. Each player then takes home their share of that money.

We'll be back with a breakdown of what each player won as soon as the tournament concludes.

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PGA Championship 2012: TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The PGA Championship has been delayed by inclement weather, forcing the players in Saturday's final groups into a very long day on Sunday. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, the third round's final pairing, got through just seven holes before a thunderstorm cancelled play. They'll get back out on the course at 7:45 a.m. ET -- weather permitting -- and will finish up their round. The fourth round is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Singh and Rory McIlroy, who also still has to finish his second round, are tied for the lead at 6-under par. Woods had a very tough start to his day on Saturday and is now 1-under for the tournament after going 3-over for his first seven holes. The players will play in threesomes and on split tees to ensure that the round can finish on time.

The fourth round (and probably part of the third round) of the PGA Championship airs Sunday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on TNT, then will switch over to CBS for coverage from 2 p.m. until the end of the day. All times are Eastern.

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Rory McIlroy Shares The Lead As Tiger Woods Implodes At 2012 PGA Championship

Co-leader Rory McIlroy likes his position heading into Sunday's twin bill at Kiawah Island. Tiger Woods -- who seems to turn into an everyday hacker on the weekends of majors these days -- not so much.

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2012 PGA Championship: Play Suspended, Will Resume Sunday Morning

It's going to be a long Sunday for the field at the PGA Championship. Due to a nasty storm that rolled in midway through Saturday's third round, play has been suspended until Sunday. They're done for the day, and plenty of players are still out on the course.

At the moment, the final pairing is through just seven holes, meaning Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh will have to finish up 11 holes on Sunday morning before even starting their final rounds. Play is expected to resume around 7:45 in the morning, with the final round set to begin around 11:30 a.m. It's unknown whether split tees or threesomes will be used in an effort to get the tournament finished by Sunday evening.

With play suspended, Rory McIlroy and Singh are tied for the lead at 6-under. Adam Scott is one shot back at 5-under and Carl Pettersson is two off the pace at 4-under. Noted golf enthusiast Woods is 3-over for his third round and has fallen back to 1-under for the tournament, five shots off the lead.

It's going to be a grind on Sunday, with many players having to play just about a round and a half. And that's if the weather cooperates after drenching the course and leaving puddles everywhere.

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2012 PGA Championship: Weather Delay May Last A While

The 2012 PGA Championship is under a weather suspension and for good reason. Midway through the second round, with the final pairing just about to make the turn, the clouds rolled in. And boy do they look menacing.

Here's a view of the course right now:

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We could be here for a while, waiting for the weather to pass. Throughout the week, the weather has been less than kind to the year's final major and the players competing for the title. Winds have been ridiculous, leading to higher scores and more ridiculous conditions.

But this ... well, this doesn't look good. Those clouds look like something out of a horror film, leading me to believe they're packing a serious punch. Now is probably a good time for everyone to take cover.

It's still unknown when the round will resume. If need be, players may have to finish their third rounds on Sunday morning, making for a long day. But we're still a ways away from seriously considering that topic.

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PGA Championship 2012: Saturday Tee Times And Pairings

With rounds averaging nearly six hours and Joost Luiten unable to finish before the sun set over the South Carolina coast, tee times for the third round of the PGA Championship were delayed until Saturday morning. But Luiten cleaned up his final hole on Saturday, so play is moving on to the third round with two of the game's greats in the final pairing.

The wind was up on Friday, and Pete Dye's paspalum masterpiece ground down the world's best field as the highest scoring average in PGA Championship history (and highest in a major since the debacle at Shinnecock in '04) was set. There were more rounds in the 90s than there were in the 60s. But Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh held on and posted two of the handful of rounds under par, moving up the board to 4-under as the field tumbled backward.

Aside from Ben Hogan, Singh may be the most legendary workhorse in the history of the game. At age 49, he is still putting in time in the gym and on the range, where he's hit more balls than anyone in his generation. The putter and short game got hot on Friday, and he carded a remarkable 69. He's one of the best ball strikers to ever play, so he was able to manage the wind well. As is always the case with Singh, however, he'll need to keep that anchored flatstick on point to stay in contention.

Tiger Woods, who's also been on a hot streak with the putter since the weekend at Firestone, will be playing alongside Singh. Woods has become reliant on a cut shot, which many predicted would give him trouble at Kiawah, where multiple shot shapes are required. But he navigated the wind and avoided the big number with excellent play around the green. He's improved at each an every major this season, contending on the weekend at both Olympic and Lytham. This could be the week that he finally wins a major again. He'll go off with Singh at 3 p.m. ET.

The paspalum is still soft from all the rain this week, which prevented an all-out catastrophe on Friday. The wind conditions are supposed to be a little more benign over the weekend, so the bunched-up field could see a low number take control.

Here's a complete list of tee times:

8:50 a.m.: David Toms, John Huh
9 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson
9:10 a.m.: Luke Donald, Chez Reavie
9:20 a.m.: Seung-Yul Noh, Sang Moon Bae
9:30 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Louis Oosthuizen
9:40 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke
9:50 a.m.: J.J. Henry, Ken Duke
10 a.m.: Marcus Fraser, Thorbjorn Olesen
10:10 a.m.: Bill Haas, Brendon de Jonge
10:20 a.m.: Paul Lawrie, Toru Taniguchi
10:30 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Justin Rose
10:40 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Rich Beem
10:50 a.m.: Matt Every, Jimmy Walker
11:10 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Cameron Tringale
11:20 a.m.: John Senden, Robert Garrigus
11:30 a.m.: Y.E. Yang, Alexander Noren
11:40 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els
11:50 a.m.: George McNeill, David Lynn
12 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Geoff Ogilvy
12:10 p.m.: Ryo Ishikawa, Ben Curtis
12:20 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Greg Chalmers
12:30 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Marc Leishman
12:40 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Padraig Harrington
12:50 p.m.: Miguel Angel Jimenez, K.T. Kim
1 p.m.: Keegan Bradley, Fredrik Jacobson
1:10 p.m.: Martin Laird, John Daly
1:30 p.m.: Marcel Siem, Pat Perez
1:40 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson
1:50 p.m.: Joost Luiten, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
2 p.m.: Peter Hanson, Tim Clark
2:10 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
2:20 p.m.: Blake Adams, Trevor Immelman
2:30 p.m.: Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott
2:40 p.m.: Jamie Donaldson, Rory McIlroy
2:50 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter
3 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods Holds A Putting Clinic, Shares 36-Hole Lead

Tiger Woods' hot putter cooled off a tad down the stretch in the second round of the PGA Championship. Even with a 3-putt on 18, however, the 14-time major champion heads into the weekend with a share of the lead.

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2012 PGA Championship: Joost Luiten Is Holding Up Tee Times

Wondering why there are no tee times for Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship? It's Joost Luiten's fault. You may not know Luiten -- though he did shoot to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday -- but you'll probably get to know him soon. After all, he's the one holding up play at the moment.

Here's the situation: Luiten, already having a bad day, opted not to play the 18th on Friday. It was getting dark and play was technically suspended for darkness. His playing partners went ahead and finished up their rounds, but Luiten opted not to.

It should be noted that Thomas Aiken, one of his partners, missed the cut but recorded a par on 18. His other playing partner, Alan Morin, was nowhere near making the cut and bogeyed 18.

Luiten was already 5-over for the day by the time he got to 18, so maybe he was hoping to wakeup and try and birdie the hole on Saturday. Or maybe he was just angry. Whatever the case, he didn't want to play. And as a result, his Saturday is kind of going to be a pain in the butt.

Most professionals like to sprint, basically, to get 18 in if play is about to be called for darkness. It's not fun to get up at the crack of dawn to finish a round, only to turn around and play the next round a few hours later. That's time that could be better spent sleeping in.

So here we are, with the second round not technically complete. Luiten is inside the cut line by a comfortable margin, but has to come back and play the 18th at 7:30 a.m. Because his performance will determine the tee times, the PGA Tour can't release them. We do, however, know that Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh will be in the final pairing. Both are tied for the lead at 4-under.

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PGA Championship 2012: Tiger Woods Takes Lead

The afternoon wave of the PGA Championship's second round is underway, and noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods is making a charge up the leaderboard on a difficult Kiawah Island Ocean Course. After a double bogey by Gary Woodland, he's on top of it.

Woods is 2-under through his first four holes of the day and is now 5-under for the tournament. Woodland sits at 4-under with four other golfers, including clubhouse leader Vijay Singh.

Tiger's success to this point has been by virtue of his red-hot putter, which has translated to 30 putts in his last 24 holes of golf.

Meanwhile, 49-year-old Singh has been the story of the day, and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa is also playing well, currently at 4-under.

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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy Contend For Golf’s Top Spot

Luke Donald must be hearing footsteps, as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy try to overtake the Englishman and climb into first place in the world golf rankings.

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2012 PGA Championship: TV Schedule, Streaming, Live Updates And More

The second round of the 2012 PGA Championship will be played on Friday in South Carolina. The opening round of play on Thursday gave fans a hint of some of the battles they may be in store for over the next three days, with strong showings by both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, and a formidable first-day leader in Carl Pettersson.

TNT will have live coverage from 1-7 p.m. ET. For online coverage, beginning at 8:30 a.m. you will be able to stream coverage of marquee groups and par 3 holes at The Ocean Course by visiting PGA.com. For those of you with iPads and mobile devices, Turner has helped launch the official PGA Championship app, which will feature live, streaming video, leaderboard updates and a lot more.

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Tiger Woods In Top 10 Of PGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard

Tiger Woods, noted for his enthusiasm for the sport of golf, took a while to get going at the 2012 PGA Championship in his first round on Thursday. But when he did, Woods put himself in the middle of a pack of golfers not far off the lead.

Woods shot a 3-under 69 at the Kiawah Island Ocean Course, good for a tie for ninth after his first round. He's a fair bit off the pace being set by Joost Luiten, but that's because it's a record-setting pace: Luiten is at 8-under through 14 holes.

Woods began his day on the 10th tee, and had three birdies and two bogeys in his first nine holes. But the third birdie came on the 18th hole, and Woods followed it with two straight birdies on the first and second holes, getting him to 3-under. He added both another birdie and another bogey before his round was done.

Woods' playing partners, Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer, had slightly more exciting days: Bradley, the 2011 PGA champion, shot a 4-under 68, while Kaymer, the 2010 PGA champion, misfired for a 7-over 79.

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PGA Championship 2012: Tee Times And Groupings For Thursday

Golf won't be a part of the Olympics until 2016, but the fourth major of the year in the sport will steal a little bit of the 2012 Olympics shine from Thursday until Sunday, during which the 2012 PGA Championship will be contested at Kiawah Island.

Tiger Woods will look for his first major since 2008 after near-misses at The Masters and the British Open. He'll be paired with up-and-comers Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer, the 2011 and 2010 winners of the PGA Championship, respectively, over the first two days.

The event's traditional threesome of the year's first three major winners produces the high-wattage grouping of 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson, 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and 2012 British Open winner Ernie Els for the first two rounds.

And in the group tailor-made for golf sadists, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia will play as a threesome for the first 36 holes.

Here's the full list of tee times for Thursday's first round of the 2012 PGA Championship. All times are Eastern.

Tee Number 1

7:20 a.m.: Kelly Mitchum, D.A. Points, Marcel Siem
7:30 a.m.: John Senden, Ken Duke, Michael Frye
7:40 a.m.: Greg Chalmers, Spencer Levin, Michael Thompson
7:50 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Robert Garrigus, Charley Hoffman
8:00 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Ben Curtis, Trevor Immelman
8:10 a.m.: Scott Stallings, Jeev Milkha Singh, Johnson Wagner
8:20 a.m.: Shaun Micheel, David Toms, John Daly
8:30 a.m.: Bernd Wiesberger, Ryan Palmer, Robert Karlsson
8:40 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Cameron Tringale, Ryan Moore
8:50 a.m.: Tommy Gainey, Jason Day, Carl Pettersson
9:00 a.m.: Mike Small, Brian Davis, John Huh
9:10 a.m.: Sean O'Hair, Brian Cairns, Seung-Yul Noh
9:20 a.m.: Chris Stroud, Marty Jertson, Thongchai Jaidee
12:30 p.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, George McNeill, Frank Bensel
12:40 p.m.: Brendon de Jonge, Danny Balin, Hiroyuki Fujita
12:50 p.m.: John Rollins, Kyle Stanley, Francesco Molinari
1:00 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Rickie Fowler, Nicolas Colsaerts
1:10 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia
1:20 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els
1:30 p.m.: Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson
1:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III
1:50 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar
2:00 p.m.: Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie, Nick Watney
2:10 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Simon Dyson, Scott Verplank
2:20 p.m.: Mitch Lowe, Jeff Overton, Blake Adams
2:30 p.m.: William McGirt, Paul Scaletta, Robert Allenby

Tee Number 10

7:20 a.m.: Matteo Manassero, Charles Howell III, Mark Brown
7:30 a.m.: Pat Perez, Corey Prugh, Martin Laird
7:40 a.m.: Toru Taniguchi, Rory Sabbatini, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
7:50 a.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Branden Grace, Matt Dobyns
8:00 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Ryo Ishikawa, Gary Woodland
8:10 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk
8:20 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy
8:30 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods
8:40 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Steve Stricker
8:50 a.m.: Lee Westwood, Bill Haas, Angel Cabrera
9:00 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Peter Hanson, Tim Clark
9:10 a.m.: Jeff Coston, Bud Cauley, Robert Rock
9:20 a.m.: Joost Luiten, Alan Morin, Thomas Aiken
12:30 p.m.: Bryce Molder, Matt Every, Bob Sowards
12:40 p.m.: Sang Moon Bae, Darrell Kestner, David Lynn
12:50 p.m.: Marcus Fraser, Jamie Donaldson, Doug Wade
1:00 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Anders Hansen, Aaron Baddeley
1:10 p.m.: Thorbjorn Olesen, Fredrik Jacobson, Jimmy Walker
1:20 p.m.: Miguel Angel Jimenez, K.T. Kim, Bo Van Pelt
1:30 p.m.: Y.E. Yang, Rich Beem, Vijay Singh
1:40 p.m.: Charlie Wi, Pablo Larrazabal, Chez Reavie
1:50 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Mark Brooks, Roger Chapman
2:00 p.m.: Alex Noren, Mark Wilson, George Coetzee
2:10 p.m.: Marc Leishman, Ted Potter, Jr., Brian Gaffney
2:20 p.m.: Michael Hoey, Kevin Na, Rod Perry
2:30 p.m.: Brendan Jones, Bill Murchison, J.J. Henry

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PGA Championship 2012: TV Schedule, Streaming, Live Updates And More

Golf's final major tournament, the PGA Championship, tees off Thursday at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Defending champion Keegan Bradely will not only look to defend the Wanamaker Trophy, but also win his second tournament in as many weeks after defeating Jim Furyk in dramatic fashion at last wekend's Bridgestone Invitational.

Thursday's first round begins at exactly 7:20 a.m. ET as Kelly Mitchum, D.A. Points, and Marcel Siem will show the rest of the golfers the way.

TNT will have live coverage from 1-7 p.m. ET and beginning at 8:30 a.m. you can stream coverage of marquee groups and par 3 holes at The Ocean Course by visiting PGA.com.

A course that looks like a links-style golf but doesn't quite play like one, golfers will be tested from start to finish of this tournament, which could provide U.S. Open-type scoring depending on weather conditions.

With 10 holes running right alongside the beautiful Atlantic Ocean coastline, windy and damp conditions are likely to cause problems for golfers, but elevated greens and paspalum grass means golfers will still have to hit high trajectory shots to stay in contention.

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Webb readies for belly ban

The 2012 U.S. Open champ is no fan of a potential ban on the use of long putters. But Webb Simpson is getting ready for such a circumstance just in case.

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Bradley experiments with new putter

Keegan Bradley has said over and over that he’s not scared to switch from his major-winning belly putter should golf’s governing bodies decide to ban the big bats. Turns out the defending titleholder at this week’s PGA Championship will have to do links battle with a new flat stick sooner than he imagined -- although putting purists will be unhappy to learn that Bradley, the first professional to win a major with a long putter, won’t be changing teams just yet.

Golfweek reported that during Tuesday’s practice round, Bradley’s trusted Odyssey XG Sabertooth developed a crack at the point where the shaft joins the putter head.

“I think it was a little hot from last week and just popped right off,” Bradley told Golfweek in jest about navigating the long wand to an average of 26 putts per round in his Bridgestone Invitational win.

Because Odyssey could not fix the break, Bradley will roll the rock with a new club that the company built for him last week. The 26-year-old three-time tour winner told Golfweek he was fine using the new stick and that he would find a way to honor the busted one, which he had used to such success since he played on the Nationwide Tour.

“I’m going to do something with it,” Bradley said. “It was good to me.”

Bradley’s father, Mark Bradley, by the way, won’t have to hole up in his condo to watch his son play the PGA, as he did last year. The elder Bradley is on-site this week at Kiawah Island after rearranging his responsibilities at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. Formerly the head pro at the Wyoming course, Keegan’s dad is now director of instruction, a position that lets him go on the road more often to watch his son compete in person, according to Golfweek.

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PGA Championship 2012: Tiger Woods Disappointed With Major Performances

Tiger Woods says his game's in good shape but he's not happy to be 0-for-3 in major championships this season.

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PGA Championship 2012: Contenders To Win Golf's Final Major

The 94th PGA Championship tees-off on Thursday as a deep championship field attempts to win the season's final major. Here are a few names to watch.

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