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1 hour ago, MattyO1984 said:

In doing some reading ahead of this week, invariably attention turned to the meaning behind the name of Valhalla. The thought which struck me is that perhaps the biggest problem with Valhalla is its name. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, Valhalla comes from Norse mythology. Valhalla is the hall of slain warriors who live there in bliss under their leader Odin (Thor's dad). Valhalla is a palace, where the warriors feast on boar, drink and practice their fighting waiting for doomsday. Nothing on earth is going to come close to it and projecting something of such splendor on what was unkempt, wild terrain in Kentucky was only going to leave what was left struggling to compete. That said, Valhalla Golf Club has managed to provide a canvas for some magnificent tournament golf. McIlroy squeezing past Mickelson and Fowler in 2014, the Ryder Cup in 2008 and Tiger vs Bob May in 2000 are moments which will stick in the mind of almost all of those that witnessed them. The architecture snobs may not be looking forward to this one with anticipation but those of us who are more interested in our modern day golfing warriors competing against one another will sure be looking forward to this with with excitement.

 

Doomsday for the field may be the return of Scottie Scheffler. 2024 has been his year. Multiple wins, another major and welcoming a new born all before the middle of May would likely mean that it doesn't matter what he does between now and 31st December - 2024 is his year. His return to golfing Valhalla will be something that the others will have wished was a week or two further away. As it is, he will be back and again if you can beat Scottie you will have a good chance of being the guy stood with the Wannamaker Trophy at the end of the week. Of course, numerous other big names will be looking in the mirror, thinking they can be that guy. Last years winner, Brooks Koepka seems to specialise in turning his game on in major events. A win on LIV a few weeks ago will have increased his confidence levels and he will certainly be looking to cement his reputation as this generations major man by claiming his 4th PGA and 6th major overall. Chasing to catch him with 5 is Rory McIlroy. How can it be that his major haul has remained at 4? When he won that 4th at Valhalla some 10 years ago, not many would have predicted that he would go 3,600 days without claiming another. Of course in that time he has had chances but if he could conceive to give them up, he has. He heads into this week after a hot week and a hot finish at Quail Hollow where he claimed his 26th Tour win but as the evidence of the past 10 years will confirm, that means nothing come the time he tees it up on Thursday. His would of course be a popular win in Kentucky but home favourite will undoubtedly be Justin Thomas. He is not quite the poster boy for this event - his play over the last 18 months has seen to that - but a 3rd PGA for the home state boy would guarantee a fantastic atmosphere around the place on Sunday afternoon whilst also serving as a significant turn up of the books given his patchy long game and balky putter.

 

It's all to play for heading into the week and I have not even mentioned Jon Rahm, Ludvig Aberg, Xander Scauffele or most battle scarred duo of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Who do you like heading into the week? If Tiger is Odin, does that make Scottie, Thor? Will we see another Block party? It's almost time to find out!

 

Defending Champion:-

Brooks Koepka

 

Notables in the Field:-

Scottie Scheffler

Rory McIlroy

Xander Schauffele

Wyndham Clark

Jon Rahm

Ludvig Aberg

Viktor Hovland

Patrick Cantlay

Max Homa

Tommy Fleetwood

Sahith Theegala

Collin Morikawa

Matt Fitzpatrick

Hideki Matsuyama

Cameron Young

Russell Henley

Tyrrell Hatton

Jason Day

Keegan Bradly

Jordan Spieth

Justin Thomas

Cameron Smith

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson

 

Course:-

Valhalla Golf Club

Par 71

7,609 yards

 

Brooks Koepka wins 2023 PGA Championship for fifth major title - Los  Angeles Times

 

ValhallaGolf (@ValhallaGolf) / X

 


 

Thanks MattyO!

 

“For those who have no idea what I am talking about, Valhalla comes from Norse mythology. Valhalla is the hall of slain warriors who live there in bliss under their leader Odin”

 

Let’s see who the golf gods favor and who they amuse themselves with despair this week. Or then again…

 

 

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Who’s ready for more Blockie this week!! 

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Who’s ready for more Blockie this week!! 

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3 hours ago, MattyO1984 said:

In doing some reading ahead of this week, invariably attention turned to the meaning behind the name of Valhalla. The thought which struck me is that perhaps the biggest problem with Valhalla is its name. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, Valhalla comes from Norse mythology. Valhalla is the hall of slain warriors who live there in bliss under their leader Odin (Thor's dad). Valhalla is a palace, where the warriors feast on boar, drink and practice their fighting waiting for doomsday. Nothing on earth is going to come close to it and projecting something of such splendor on what was unkempt, wild terrain in Kentucky was only going to leave what was left struggling to compete. That said, Valhalla Golf Club has managed to provide a canvas for some magnificent tournament golf. McIlroy squeezing past Mickelson and Fowler in 2014, the Ryder Cup in 2008 and Tiger vs Bob May in 2000 are moments which will stick in the mind of almost all of those that witnessed them. The architecture snobs may not be looking forward to this one with anticipation but those of us who are more interested in our modern day golfing warriors competing against one another will sure be looking forward to this with with excitement.

 

Doomsday for the field may be the return of Scottie Scheffler. 2024 has been his year. Multiple wins, another major and welcoming a new born all before the middle of May would likely mean that it doesn't matter what he does between now and 31st December - 2024 is his year. His return to golfing Valhalla will be something that the others will have wished was a week or two further away. As it is, he will be back and again if you can beat Scottie you will have a good chance of being the guy stood with the Wannamaker Trophy at the end of the week. Of course, numerous other big names will be looking in the mirror, thinking they can be that guy. Last years winner, Brooks Koepka seems to specialise in turning his game on in major events. A win on LIV a few weeks ago will have increased his confidence levels and he will certainly be looking to cement his reputation as this generations major man by claiming his 4th PGA and 6th major overall. Chasing to catch him with 5 is Rory McIlroy. How can it be that his major haul has remained at 4? When he won that 4th at Valhalla some 10 years ago, not many would have predicted that he would go 3,600 days without claiming another. Of course in that time he has had chances but if he could conceive to give them up, he has. He heads into this week after a hot week and a hot finish at Quail Hollow where he claimed his 26th Tour win but as the evidence of the past 10 years will confirm, that means nothing come the time he tees it up on Thursday. His would of course be a popular win in Kentucky but home favourite will undoubtedly be Justin Thomas. He is not quite the poster boy for this event - his play over the last 18 months has seen to that - but a 3rd PGA for the home state boy would guarantee a fantastic atmosphere around the place on Sunday afternoon whilst also serving as a significant turn up of the books given his patchy long game and balky putter.

 

It's all to play for heading into the week and I have not even mentioned Jon Rahm, Ludvig Aberg, Xander Scauffele or most battle scarred duo of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Who do you like heading into the week? If Tiger is Odin, does that make Scottie, Thor? Will we see another Block party? It's almost time to find out!

 

Defending Champion:-

Brooks Koepka

 

Notables in the Field:-

Scottie Scheffler

Rory McIlroy

Xander Schauffele

Wyndham Clark

Jon Rahm

Ludvig Aberg

Viktor Hovland

Patrick Cantlay

Max Homa

Tommy Fleetwood

Sahith Theegala

Collin Morikawa

Matt Fitzpatrick

Hideki Matsuyama

Cameron Young

Russell Henley

Tyrrell Hatton

Jason Day

Keegan Bradly

Jordan Spieth

Justin Thomas

Cameron Smith

Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson

 

Course:-

Valhalla Golf Club

Par 71

7,609 yards

 

Brooks Koepka wins 2023 PGA Championship for fifth major title - Los  Angeles Times

 

ValhallaGolf (@ValhallaGolf) / X

 

Well done MattyO!

 

At the end of the week just post that pic of Koepka that you have right here because he will be leaving with the hardware. He let me down at the Masters but redemption is near.

 

I'm rooting for chao.🙂  

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Plenty of hype leading up to this. Rory coming off a big win, Scottie with some time off, Books trying to defend his title, Tiger trying to play 4 rounds of golf, and more. Can't wait to see how it shakes out come the weekend. I would love to see Rory get another major.

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4 hours ago, MattyO1984 said:

The architecture snobs may not be looking forward to this one with anticipation but those of us who are more interested in our modern day golfing warriors competing against one another will sure be looking forward to this with with excitement.

 

If nothing else, it is fit for purpose.  Like a Pontiac Grand Am.

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Day yum Matty. Here I thought I’d be early “amongst” the responses and I’m almost on the second page!  
 

Well done as always. Maybe one of your best intros yet. 
 

Not jonesing on your last “notable”. Just sayin’ - signed, grumpy curmudgeon 🤓😀🏌🏼‍♀️
 

 

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In the case of courses that I have seen on TV and been unimpressed with I usually change my tune after seeing the place in person.

 

Not so with Valhalla which always seemed to be somewhere between generic and tacky. A rare misfire from Nicklaus especially after seeing his Muirfield Village GC and others.

 

Its ownership meant, unfortunately, that it would host a major championship with numbing regularity.  To be fair, there was a 14 year gap 2000-2014 and a 10 year gap 2014-2024.

 

Perhaps (hopefully?) the sale of the club/course means other venues will be chosen in future.

 

On a similar note, idle browsing of future US Open venues revealed that the rota is shockingly small. I understand and value tradition, history and and that repeat venues allow for some common denominator of comparison between players, eras etc. but through 2042 it's a rather closed shop of:

Pinehurst, Oakmont, Shinnecock, Pebble Beach, Winged Food, Pinehurst, Merion, Riviera, Pebble Beach, Oakmont, Oakland Hills, Pinehurst, Shinnecock, Pebble Beach, The Country Club, LACC, Merion, Pinehurst, Oakmont. Any course aspiring to host an Open will wait until...2043. With Pebble Beach in 2044 😉 etc etc

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2 hours ago, iBanesto said:

I'm going Schauffele because *why not...

 

may-12-pga-wells-fargo-championship.jpg?

Oh man, where does one start… Do you even watch golf?! 😂 


 

*someone above said Cam S… Me thinks someone is jus trolling. 🤷🏼‍♂️
 

**and thanks again Matty! Don’t spent that $50 all in one place! 😉 

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10 minutes ago, Duct Tape said:

Day yum Matty. Here I thought I’d be early “amongst” the responses and I’m almost on the second page!  
 

Well done as always. Maybe one of your best intros yet. 
 

Not jonesing on your last “notable”. Just sayin’ - signed, grumpy curmudgeon 🤓😀🏌🏼‍♀️
 

 

 

Just attempting to keep the LIV bots at bay!! Would be interested to see the odds on him beating Blockie. 

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