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Continued: 4 in a row for the FedEx Cup next year; goat cheese and beet root salad for PGA champions

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Last update: August 7, 2013 - 5:40 PM

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WHAT'S FOR DINNER: A tradition like one other took place Tuesday night when defending champion Rory McIlroy hosted a dinner for past winners of the PGA Championship. McIlroy was in charge of the menu, similar to the Champions Dinner at the Masters, the difference being he didn't have to pay for it.

So what was for dinner?

A goat's cheese and beet root salad for a starter. Irish tenderloin as the main course. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

"It was good," McIlroy said, speaking at least for himself. "Everybody definitely enjoyed the last two courses. I don't know how the appetizer went down."

He also gave them each Bose speakers that were personalized. McIlroy signed a deal with Bose earlier this year.

Keeping with the tradition, McIlroy asked two former champions to make speeches. He selected two-time winner Dave Stockton, who coaches McIlroy on his putting; and Keegan Bradley, who won the PGA Championship prior to McIlroy winning last year at Kiawah Island.

"It was cool," McIlroy said. "You have the most recent PGA champions like myself, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer. And then you have someone like Doug Ford. It was his 91st birthday yesterday."

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NO SOUVENIRS FOR YOU: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson tried to do some advance scouting during a visit to Gleneagles, the famed Scottish resort that will be the site of next year's matches.

While his hosts couldn't have been more gracious showing Watson around, the hospitality dried up pretty quickly when he asked to see the pin sheets from a previous tournament. By seeing where the putting cups were located during the Johnnie Walker Championship, played over the same Centenary Course, Watson was hoping to make an educated guess where they might be when the U.S. and European sides clash a year from September.

"I looked at them with a smile and said, 'You're not going to give it to us?'"

"They said, 'No.'"

Watson laughed off the exchange, saying it was "no big deal. ... I've been assured that the golf course will be set up not with any particular bias in mind."

But that doesn't mean the Europeans won't enjoy a significant home-court advantage.

"At that time of year," Watson added, "it can get cold there."

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GREEN SPEED: The PGA Championship took a page out of Augusta National when asked about the speed of the greens at Oak Hill.

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