Hot this week? Pete Dye, Bradley, Malaysia. Not? Dye's bunkers, Michael Phelps

Tuesday August 7th, 2012
Fresh off his win at Firestone, Keegan Bradley will chase a second straight PGA Championship title this week.
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HOT
1. Pete Dye. Love his designs or hate 'em, they're always interesting. This week will be the latest monument to the 86-year-old dean of American golf architects.

2. Keegan. The kid has a stellar all-around game, but what makes him special are the onions. Twice this year he has jarred do-or-die putts on the 72nd hole. Some guys don't make that many in a career.

3. Malaysia. The CIMB Classic becomes part of the FedEx Cup schedule in '13, and this year it officially becomes big-time, which is defined as Tiger Woods accepting the filthy lucre of an appearance fee. I can't wait for Kuala Lumpur to be the setting for "Hangover 3: Tour Players Run Amok."

4. Ben Kohles. No, it's not the big leagues, but winning your first two pro starts on the Web.com tour is pretty damn impressive, especially when the most recent W is on the wings of a Sunday 62. Here's hoping Kohles gets his hat trick soon and earns the most macho battlefield promotion ever.

5. Paspalum. This new-age grass can handle the heat and humidity of South Carolina in August, giving the PGA a fighting chance to have major championship conditions, if it ever stops raining. It's also not as grainy as Bermuda, allowing players to make more putts. Alas, at the Ocean course, many of them will be for bogey.

NOT
1. PGA Championship logistics. By now you should be used to the bitching of entitled reporters, but 90 minutes each way on a brackish shuttle bus is a tad crazy. But at least we can get inside the ropes – the fans are forced to navigate treacherous terrain, in brutal heat with very little shade. But hey, the Ocean Course is gonna look great on TV. That's all that matters. Right?

2. Pete Dye's Bunkers. For the second time in three years, there is cause for confusion at the PGA about what is or is not a sand trap. That is a pretty good indictment of how overly  manufactured Dye's designs can be.

3. Suzann Pettersen. This mega-talent has an alarming knack for blowing tournaments. Her latest stumble was a bogey on the 71st hole at the Women's Irish Open, leaving her one back of winner Catriona Matthew. But at least she kept her clothes on.

4. Michael Phelps. The retired swimmer has been gushing about how excited he is to get serious about "golfing." Dude, first thing you need to know is that serious golfers don't use "golf" as a verb.

5. Jimmy Furyk. What can I add that wasn't made abundantly clear by that godawful double on the 72nd hole? Only this: Furyk is a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, and blowing a U.S. Open and a WGC at the age of 42 is not helping his cause.

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