GREEN BAY - The NFL is playing games, even if they are pre-season. Baseball's playoffs are fast approaching, but golf takes it's the last gasp at relevance this week with the PGA Championship, glory's last shot as it's been branded. The PGA Championship could provide a fitting finishing salvo to golf's major championships for the year.
Tiger Woods looked down right dominate for much of the weekend in winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It's the fifth win of the season for the world's top ranked player. The events he's won are all in the PGA's upper tier of tournaments, (two WGC events, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Farmers at Torrey Pines, and the Players Championship).
Winning those five events in a single season for almost any PGA player would be a career year. Tiger long ago bid goodbye to being judged by anything other than winning major championships though.
His quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 professional major championships has been stalled at 14 since he won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Woods has found himself in contention at some point in all three majors this year with a tie for fourth at the Masters, tie for thirty-second at the U.S. Open, and tie for sixth at the British Open to show for his efforts.
Oak Hill Country Club will serve as the venue for Tiger's latest attempt at a 15 th professional major championship. This will be the third PGA Championship at Oak Hill, in addition to three U.S. Open's and a Ryder Cup held at the Country Club.
The 2013 majors have already given us long promised breakthroughs for two players who'd gone from prodigies to seasoned veterans longing to fulfill their promise. Adam Scott, the man with the matinee idol looks, modeled the green jacket at Augusta as the Masters Champion. Justin Rose, nearly won the British Open as an eighteen year old Amateur. His win at the U.S. Open ended a seventeen year drought for Englishmen in the majors and forty-three year absence from the winner's circle for an Englishman at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson followed that with a win for the ages at the British Open, closing with a 66 and punctuated by a birdie at the 72nd hole.
If Tiger Woods could restart his march towards Jack Nicklaus it would provide a fitting finish to the majors for 2013 but the PGA is a funny tournament. For every win by a Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods, there are just as many moments provided by journeyman players, enjoying the seminal moment of their career. Like when Shaun Micheel struck the shot of his life to close out the win a the 2003 PGA, the last time it was contested at Oak Hill.
Only time will tell what the PGA has in store, but after three thrillers this season, here's hoping it lives up to it's billing.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.