Gene Sapakoff column: Clemson’s national title wins in Miami, Tampa and San Jose, sure. And South Carolina’s baseball titles in Omaha, and women’s basketball in Dallas. But try finding something more impactful on S.C. soil than Phil Mickelson’s historic Ocean Course triumph.

The odds of victory for the three South Carolina golfers set to compete in the 2021 PGA Championship are as varied as the wind conditions and undulating terrain at Kiawah Island's treacherous Ocean Course.

You might think Austin Morgan had a built-in advantage heading into the 2021 Charleston Men's City Amateur golf tournament. After all, his brother-in-law, Troy Miller, headed up the restoration of Charleston Municipal Golf Course.

Rory McIlroy cruised to a glorious Ocean Course victory at the 2012 PGA Championship but appeared to be a longshot for the 2021 major starting May 20 at Kiawah. Until he snapped out of a slump and won the Wells Fargo in Charlotte on May 9.

GolfPass, a subscription-based website created by the NBC Sports Group that highlights instruction, travel content and course reviews, ranked Myrtle Beach as the world’s 13th-best golf destination on its list of “Top 100 Golf Destinations in the World” on May 14.

A golf match featuring six-time major champion Nick Faldo, nine-time major winner Gary Player, NFL legend and three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice, and Charles Kelly, an avid golfer and five-time Grammy winner as a member of the band Lady A, will be played April 29 to raise money for an organization aimed at growing the game of golf.

A good field at the RBC Heritage, the PGA Championship set for the Ocean Course in May, a PGA Tour event moved from Canada to Ridgeland for June, Dustin Johnson and so many other tour players with state ties combine to put South Carolina professional golf in a sweet spot.

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Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley during his annual State of the Masters address would rather have talked more about South Carolinian Dustin Johnson’s effort to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods in an exclusive group of back-to-back champions.


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