7 wishes for the culmination of the PGA Championship (Brooks-DJ playoff, anyone?)

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A Brooks Koepka-Dustin Johnson playoff to decide golf's first major in 2020? Don't mind if we do.

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Ed. note: Here it is: the seventh of eight installments of Bamberger Briefly, PGA Championship-style. Previously: player-caddie relationships; Tiger’s memoir; Tour grips; Jordan Spieth; a major major; Rory rules.

Seven Sunday Wishes

Wish-Comes-True™ is an exclusive GOLF.com rating system that captures chances on a 65 (likely) to 84 (unlikely) basis. Those numbers represent the lowest and highest scores shot in this PGA Championship through 54 holes. For entertainment purposes only.


Wish: Tiger wears red pants and a black shirt.

Skinny: Enough already.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 84.


Wish: Brooks doesn’t spit on the course.

Skinny: Vile habit, Covid inappropriate.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 81.


Wish: Course flagsticks shake from High Noon to end-of-play.

Skinny: Wind breathes life into Harding Park.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 66.

The rattle and hum of a Bay Area wind could be enough to stir some heart-pounding Sunday drama.

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Wish: Phil announces he won’t be playing the U.S. Open but working in the NBC booth instead.

Skinny: Golf needs its own Tony Romo.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 69.


Wish: Le golfeur Français Michel Lorenzo-Vera shoots 64 and spends an hour chatting up Jim-‘n-Nick, proving that Continental charm in professional golf is not dead.

Skinny: Jean van de Velde meets Victor Dubuisson and golf is better for it.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 70.


Wish: Jordan Spieth becomes first player to shoot 61 in a major.

Skinny: He needs the thing that will jump-start the rest of his Hall-of-Fame career.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 76.


Wish: Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson finish the 72 holes as co-leaders.

Skinny: The heavyweights go at it in a playoff, gloves off.

Wish-Comes-True rating: 73.

Michael Bamberger may be reached at Michael_Bamberger@Golf.com.

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Michael Bamberger


Michael Bamberger writes for GOLF Magazine and contributes to GOLF.com. He also participates in podcasts, primarily in tandem with Alan Shipnuck. Earlier in his career, he was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated for 23 years and a reporter on The Philadelphia Inquirer for nine years before that. He has written a half-dozen books about golf and other subjects. His magazine work has been featured in multiple editions of The Best American Sports Writing. He holds a U.S. patent on a utility golf club called the E-Club. In 2016, he was given the Donald Ross Award by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the organization’s highest honor.