Jim Nantz Explains Why St. Louis Deserved the 100th PGA Championship

The face of golf on CBS believes it's his job to prove to the entire country that St. Louis and Bellerive deserve the honor of the 100th PGA Championship. 

August 08, 2018 - 6:00 pm
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For more than 20 years, Jim Nantz has been one of the faces of golf on CBS and this week he'll call the final two rounds of the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, on CBS. During Wednesday's final practice round, Nantz told media that he'll have one other job this weekend – proving to the entire country that St. Louis and Bellerive deserve the honor of the 100th PGA Championship. 

Nantz brought up the fact that the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis were the last time, previous to 2016 that golf was an olympic sport. He remembered the historic 1921 U.S. Amateur Championship win by then 19-year-old Bobby Jones. And in 1965 at the U.S. Open, Gary Player closed out his career Grand Slam at Bellerive – which is something Jordan Spieth has the chance to do this weekend. 

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"It's a pretty complete portfolio and it's pretty cool that on this occasion St. Louis gets to, like I say, loud and proud, let people know they've got the 100th. It's a big deal," Nantz says. 

He wasn't the only person to notice that St. Louis has already made this a special event. Defending PGA Champion Justin Thomas called the amount of spectators "absurd" during his press conference, Wednesday. 

For more with Nantz, check out the interview he did with our Tom Ackerman, at the top of the page.