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KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights

Watch KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Round 1 Highlights where Bernhard Langer is in search of his record 9th senior major win, but a crowded leaderboard of big names is in contention.

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KitchenAid maker doubles size of Greenville distribution center

The Greenville plant manufactures stand mixers, stand mixer attachments and accessories, hand mixers, blenders, aerated beverage machines and cutlery blocks under the KitchenAid brand.

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Marquee Round 1 Group at KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ

Marquee Round 1 Group at KitchenAid Senior PGA Champ

The 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship’s first round will be highlighted by a marquee must-see group of defending champion Rocco Mediate, renaissance man Miguel Angel Jimenez, and fan favorite John Daly.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez, always comfortable in own skin, prepares for KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — Miguel Angel Jimenez, 53, is playing in his first KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship this week at Trump National.

Jimenez’s time on the PGA Tour Champions has ramped up the last two years and he still makes starts in European and PGA Tour events.

After having a look at the Trump National course, Jimenez likes what he sees.

RELATED: Jimenez and the ‘interesting man’ connection | Senior PGA Champ tee times

“It’s a very nice golf course,” he said. “The rough is tough, you need to hit it pretty good from the tee and even the fairways are generous fairways but still you need to hit it good from the tees. It’s a long golf course from the back, it has all kinds of distance. And the greens are nice. There’s a lot of movement on those greens. You need to be on the low part of the green because you know you can have a very difficult putt, fast putts. I think it’s going to defend itself very well. It’s a great golf course.”

His own game aside, Jimenez was delighted when countryman Sergio Garcia captured the Masters in April — his first major championship.

“It’s amazing,” Jimenez said. “He deserves it. He played so many majors and has been in contention in a lot of them and he deserves this. It’s coming late, probably, but you see Mickelson also won his first major at 37. Now he has five. Now Sergio just opened the box and we hope that it’s not the last one. He’s got the game, he’s got the power and the skill to win more majors.”

 

 


Jimenez is a four-time PGA Tour Champions winner. He most recently won at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in April.

He’s one of the most recognizable people in golf with his red ponytail, aviator shades and a cigar as another common accessory.

Because of his looks — and a unique stretching routine, which we’ll touch on later — Jimenez has been given the moniker of “The Most Interesting Man in Golf” over the years, since he seems so similar to the popular character in those beer commercials for Dos Equis.

Whether people find Jimenez “interesting” or not is no matter to the Spaniard. According to him, he’s just living his life the way he wants to live it.

“What I do in my life is I never hide what I’m doing,” he said. “I love the game of golf, I love to compete because I keep competing here and it’s a thrill. I like to enjoy my life and I don’t hide it. I like to have my glass of red I have my glass of red if it’s Tempranillo (a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain) from Rioja, it’s even better. I smoke, I smoke my cigars. I don’t hide myself what I’m doing, what I like to do in my life. That’s me. I don’t know if I’m interesting or not. I have freedom to do what I want to. It’s not forbidden.”

It’s not forbidden. It’s actually endearing, much like that warm-up routine.

You know… this one:

 

 

Again, it’s just Jimenez being Jimenez.

“Well, it’s always nice to get flexible,” he said. “What you see on the range is now it’s a like a slow, like a refresh what you’re doing. But every morning when I wake up first thing is go to the gym and do the proper exercises. Go through like a 15 or 20 minutes through the elliptical or running there and exercise with elastic bands and things to get yourself going on. What you see on the driving range is after that moment to the driving range it’s, you have a shower, you have your breakfast, you travel to golf course, whatever, it’s time to do it again. It needs to be refreshed. But the people like it, the people enjoy it. I don’t mind. We are showmen. We have to put some smiles to the people and the same time you refresh yourself, you make like with one shot you kill two birds.”

Interesting. 

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Senior PGA Championship 2017: Scores, live updates from Trump National

We’re live all week with scores and exclusive live updates from the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club outside Washington, D.C.

SCORES: Senior PGA Tee times, leaderboard

 

 

Here’s more information on this year’s event:

The 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held at Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va. This will mark the first time that the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf will be conducted in the National Capital area.

DATES: The 2017 Senior PGA Championship will be played May 25-28. It is a staple of the Memorial Day Weekend sports calendar.

FIELD: The field for the Senior PGA Championship consists of 156 players. 

RELATED: The complete 2017 Senior PGA Championship field list

COMPETITION: The tournament consists of four rounds of stroke play. After two rounds, the 156-man field will be cut to the top 72 players and ties. The winner is the player with the lowest total score after 72 holes. If two or more players are tied after regulation, the title will be decided in a sudden-death playoff.

TEE TIMES: Tee times generally run from early morning through mid-afternoon. The official tee times will be released the Friday before the tournament begins.

HOST VENUE: Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., was created in 2009, when Donald Trump bought what was then known as the Lowes Island Club. Since taking over, Trump has added the Championship Course to the facility’s original course, now known as the River Course, and added a tennis center among other amenities during a major renovation project completed in 2015.

HOST COURSE: The only course in Washington D.C. area with large-scale Potomac River frontage, it measures 7,693 yards and was designed to take advantage of the river from both a visual and playability perspective. It is comprised of 007 bentgrass greens, pennlinks tees and fairways, while the rough is a mix of fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass.

TV TIMES: Golf Channel will broadcast the first two rounds, while NBC will carry the two weekend rounds. The airtimes are:

Thursday and Friday, May 25-26

1 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) on Golf Channel.

Saturday, May 27

1 to 4 p.m. on NBC

Sunday, May 28

3 to 6 p.m. on NBC

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The oldest and most prestigious major championship in senior golf, the Senior PGA Championship was founded in 1937 and first played at Augusta National Golf Club. The list of winners through the years includes many of golf’s biggest names, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Gary Player, and Sam Snead, who won the title a record six times. 

Over the years, the tournament has been staged at such prominent venues as PGA National, Firestone Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club, Aronimink Golf Club, Valhalla Golf Club, Oak Tree Golf Club, Canterbury Golf Club, Bellerive Country Club and the Kiawah Island Resort.     

TROPHY: The winner will have his name engraged on the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, one of the most distinctive trophies in all of golf. It is named for Alfred Severin Bourne, an original member at Augusta National and longtime friend of PGA Professionals. Bourne donated $1,500 to pay for the 30-pound trophy and create an endowment for the tournament.

FUTURE SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES: The 2018 Senior PGA Championship will return to Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Harbor Shores also was the host venue for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the tournament.

 

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KitchenAid well and truly mixes up its customer service

I have a KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, purchased in December 2011 and which came with a five-year warranty. In January 2016 it was repaired under warranty when the speed control lever no longer functioned properly, but a year later it developed the same fault.

KitchenAid advised that it could be repaired for £70 plus parts. At the end of March, after weeks of unanswered emails, I got through to KitchenAid on the phone and was told the repair would be carried out free of charge. I made sure the person on the phone understood that the warranty had expired, but she reassured me that this repair would be free.

In April, however, KitchenAid phoned to say the repair would cost £134.99. I pointed out that it had reneged on its promise. Several phone calls later, KitchenAid is still maintaining that its operative made a mistake and that I should not have been promised a free repair.

I have been given the option to pay the £134.99 for a repair with a 12-month guarantee, or have the machine returned unrepaired. It claims to have no access to the records of the previous repairs, and my requests to speak to a senior manager have been refused. RC, Ludgvan, Penzance

You released the mixer on the basis it would be repaired at no cost, with the full understanding that this machine was no longer under warranty. Clearly, there has been some subcontracting of customer services, leading to crossed wires and misleading information being handed out.

KitchenAid is owned by the electricals giant Whirlpool, which sent us a perfunctory statement confirming the issue had been resolved, but with no detail whatsoever about what had gone wrong. It said: “We work hard to resolve all customer cases as quickly as we can. Our customer services team has contacted RC and we can confirm the issue is now resolved.”

In fact, we have subsequently heard from you that the mixer has been delivered back, repaired, and is apparently working OK. You have made a £15 donation to our membership services to express your thanks. Thank you!

We welcome letters but cannot answer individually. Email us at consumer.champions@theguardian.com or write to Consumer Champions, Money, the Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Please include a daytime phone number

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Power Rankings: Regions Tradition

Vartan Kupelian is the PGA TOUR Champions Insider and a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top five players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player’s strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.

Rocco Mediate went record-hunting in his victory last year at the Senior PGA Championship.
He closed with a 5-under-par 66 for a 72-hole total of 19-under-par 265 at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. That established a new tournament mark for the lowest 72-hole score in tournament history. The previous mark was 268 by Sam Snead in 1973. Mediate had earlier broken the record for the lowest 36-and-54-hole scores in tournament history.

This week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship moves to Trump National Golf Club in Washington, D.C.

The Senior PGA Championship was Mediate’s third win on the PGA TOUR Champions. He became the first wire-to-wire winner of the event since Jack Nicklaus at the 1991 Senior PGA Championship.

Colin Montgomerie finished second with a 16-under-par 268 total. Bernhard Langer and Brandt Jobe tied for third at 271.

The Power Rankings for this week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship:

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