Immersive Coverage of the 2022 PGA Championship
Daily content from our team on-site at the 104th PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Comeback Kid
Five long years after claiming his first major championship, Justin Thomas roared from way back to win the PGA
Fire Drill 017
In the final Fire Drill of a jam-packed week, Geoff Ogilvy joins Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck to relive, and add context to, Justin Thomas’s thrilling win. The setup at Southern Hills and Will Z’s putting stroke are also dissected.
A Major Problem
Rory McIlroy’s coming up short at the PGA, and the way he reacted, served as a reminder that golf is out of balance
Survival of the Fittest
Southern Hills showed its teeth on Saturday, and now it’s about to get really interesting
Sunday Storylines at Southern Hills
Here are the best possible outcomes at a wide-open PGA Championship
The Rielly Way
The PGA Championship is our annual opportunity to celebrate club pros. In this Fire Drill podcast, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck are joined by Rick Rielly, the head pro at Wilshire CC, to celebrate the legacy of Rick’s father Pat, a PGA of America lifer.
A Stroll Around Southern Hills
The author went wandering at the PGA Championship, finding some unexpected pleasures along the way.
Tiger Woods in Full
The winner of 15 major championships somehow grinded his way to the weekend at the PGA Championship. Why should we not be surprised?
Fire Drill 015: Midway at the PGA
In this Fire Drill podcast, Geoff Ogilvy joins Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck as they discuss how Southern Hills is playing, sing the praises of slower greens and riff on JT, Bernd, Tiger, Rory and other protagonists.
Star Turns at Southern Hills
A Thursday pairing at the PGA Championship illustrated how Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are headed down vastly different paths
Rory, Tiger and Trump, oh my!
In the latest Fire Drill podcast, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck recap the first round of the PGA Championship, which was dominated by Rory McIlroy’s fine play and Tiger Woods’s struggles. They also discuss Bamberger’s story about his news-making phone call with Donald Trump, who is still stewing that this PGA was taken away from him after the January 6th riots.
Trump Speaks Out on Phil, Jack, Saudi Arabia and the PGA that Got Away
The former President called to weigh in on our recent piece… and he had plenty to say
Few reporters have been closer to Tiger Woods than John Hawkins. In the latest Fire Drill podcast, Hawk joins Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck on the eve of the PGA Championship to riff on how Woods has (and hasn’t) evolved through the years.
Requiem For A Pro's Pro
Pat Rielly, a former PGA of America president, was a pioneer in every sense
Dreamers and Shadows
In this Fire Drill podcast, Ryan French and Laz Versalles join Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck for a non-traditional PGA Championship preview. Ryan gives the backstory on some of the longshot club pros in the field while Laz delves into the legacy of the Tulsa Race Massacre through the eyes of Bill Spiller, Jr., whose father, a Tulsa native, shamed the PGA of America into abolishing its Caucasian Only clause. This eclectic foursome also tees up their favorite storylines heading into this PGA Championships.
Bill Spiller: The Man Who Broke Golf's Color Barrier
There wasn’t much opportunity for a young Black man in Tulsa, Okla., in the early 20th century. There wasn’t much peace, either. Tulsa, site of this week’s PGA Championship being played at Southern Hills Country Club, also happens to be the site of one of the more violent attacks on African Americans, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and it’s where Bill Spiller came of age. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t stay in Tulsa too long.
They played their way into the 2022 PGA Championship. Now, as the 20 club pros look for more, here are five intriguing players
Previewing the PGA
In this Fire Drill podcast, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck go deep on the charm and challenge of Southern Hills and relive its previous major championships, highlighted by Tiger Woods’s inspired play at the ’07 PGA. Typically discursive, the conversation also touches on Perry Maxwell, Gil Hanse, Scottie Scheffler, Retief Goosen and, from Ogilvy, exactly how different a major feels versus an everyday Tour event.
Show Me The Money
This is a chaotic moment in professional golf. For this Fire Drill podcast, Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger brought in the Jerry Maguire of PGA Tour agents, Mac Barnhardt, to help make sense of the shifting landscape. Mac brought decades’ worth of insight.
This PGA was supposed to be Donald Trump’s crowning moment in golf; everything changed on January 6th. Now he’s in league with the Saudis, whose toxicity sent Phil into exile. In his first big piece for the Fire Pit Collective, Michael Bamberger untangles the tentacles.
Trumped with Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck
#AskAlan, Phil Edition
Addressing all of the questions around Mickelson and his WD as the defending PGA champ looms large in absentia