That will be the overriding plan of attack this week at Bellerive Country Club, as the host for the 100th playing of the PGA Championship has been left soft, vulnerable and ripe for scoring by the weather.
Tuesday’s deluge that suspended practice rounds and produced small streams and a couple miniature lakes all but ruled out the prospect of the course ever reaching firm and fast conditions. More foul weather is in the forecast for Wednesday.
That means the par-70 course will play even longer than its listed 7,547 yards. The troubled greens are dart boards. Aggression will outplay conservatism, especially on the greens as a sign posted in the players’ locker room read: “Due to the expected high temperatures and high humidity over the next couple of days, greens speeds will remain slower than they are planned for Championship Rounds.”
Steve DiMeglio’s 10 to watch
In picking a top 10, we looked for aggressive players who have a lot of firepower and make a lot of birdies. And our list includes five players who could win their first major. Keep in mind that seven of the last nine winners of the PGA Championship were first-time major winners, including the last three of Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Day.
10. Luke List: He’s in the top 10 in birdies made on the PGA Tour. Lost to Justin Thomas in a playoff at the Honda Classic. Has moved up 81 spots to No. 47 in the world this year. A long shot, for sure, but he’s got a big shot.