31 Jul '16, 12am

Major championships have become major displays of scoring firepower -- and this year's PGA is no different

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- It was early afternoon, about 1:30, when Padraig Harrington finished his day’s work, a five-under-par 65 that, suddenly, is about what’s expected of anyone good enough to tee it up in a major. By then the sunshiny morning had turned into a gloom’s-coming afternoon. As a gust of wind moved tree limbs around, Harrington, the 2008 PGA champion, smiled and said, “I’d like to see it blustery this afternoon.” Not that Padraig wished ill for his competitors. No, no. The beguiling Irishman only wished they would have a chance to rise to the challenge of playing through blustery breezes and rain moving sideways into their eyelashes. And that was almost a certainty. Weather radar had tracked storms moving toward New Jersey, on schedule to arrive Saturday afternoon. So Saturday’s early starters in the 98th PGA Championship caught a break: ideal conditions, with s...

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