Ben Curtis surged into contention on Friday, firing a tournament-best 3-under 67. HE moved 38 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth at last check. With conditions becoming more and more difficult throughout the afternoon, he might find himself even higher by day's end! Click on the image below to hear Ben's post-round interview.
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It was a wild day one at the 2008 PGA Championship. Similar to the other majors, you need to take advantage of the course conditions when they're more receptive to scoring like the morning was yesterday at Oakland Hills. Two players who seized the opportunity to go off in the morning were FootJoy players Robert Karlsson and Jeev Milkha Singh who tied for the lead at 2-under. Similar to The Open Championship a few weeks ago, conditions became more difficult in the afternoon as the wind kicked up, the course firmed up and weather delays forced play to continue on Friday. What will day two bring? I guess we'll have to tune in to find out!
Click here for a must-read-to-believe profile on the always-entertaining Karlsson from CBS Sportsline.
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FootJoy player Robert Karlsson demonstrated great poise during the first round, rallying from a double bogey at the first to go on and shoot a 2-under 68. Karlsson actually rebounded with three consecutive birdies and five over his next seven holes before struggling a bit on the back nine. Click on the image below to hear the Big Swede's thoughts on the round.
Check out these images from the practice rounds at Oakland Hills where players are making final preparations for Thursday's first round.
Okay, so a European hasn't won the PGA Championship since Scotland's Tommy Armour in 1930. But here in New England, stats like that are meaningless since 2004 when the Red Sox did what no pro sports team had ever done before in rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS. So that's why we're ignoring that bit of history and picking Robert Karlsson (right, Classics Tour style #51112, StaSof glove) as one player to watch at the PGA. Well, that and the fact that he's the only player to finish in the top ten in all three majors this year - The Masters (T8), U.S. Open (T4) and The Open Championship (T7). In fact, the Big Swede hasn't finished outside the top 20 since March, a run that includes six top tens on the European Tour.
He's on an incredible run right now, one that has locked up his spot on Nick Faldo's European Ryder Cup squad. I expect that to continue at Oakland Hills, so keep an eye on the Big Swede this week...