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Posted on April 2nd, 2024

Your Imagery Work Break – 2022 PGA Men’s Championship, Round 1

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If you’re an avid golfer or simply like the social aspect of the sport, then you’ll love the image we have to share with you this month. Imagine teeing up and start practicing that swing.

For this month’s Imagery Work Break, we have a 30-cm Pléiades Neo 3 image taken from high above looking down at the first round of the firs golf major of the year on May 19, 2022 at 11:11 AM local time, held at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The private, member-owned country club has been recognized among the top 100 courses in the world and has hosted 17 championships since 1945. Southern Hills Country Club, established in 1935 during the Great Depression, used to have a swimming pool, stables, bridle paths, a polo field, skeet range and tennis courts. The club no longer has the stables, bridle paths, polo field or skeet range, but has added 12 tennis courts including four indoor courts, a tennis center, pool complex, golf performance center, health and wellness center and outdoor dining venues. Renowned golf course architect, Gil Hanse, completed the Championship Golf Course restoration in May 2019. Major championship golf returned to Southern Hills in May 2022 for an unprecedented fifth PGA Championship, which was won by Justin Thomas.

In the 30-cm Pléiades Neo 3 image featured here, you can see the deep hues of green marking the fairway, offset by the tan shapes of the sand-filled bunkers. Paths for golf carts or walking wind around the massive golf course, which is flanked by a housing development on three sides and businesses on a fourth side. The cars are miniscule and the people even tinier. The itty bitty dots scattered across the golf course show that the first round of the PGA Championship is underway in this image where two-time champion, Rory McIlroy, shot 65 (−5), his lowest round in his PGA Championship career, to take a one-shot lead over Tom Hoge and Will Zalatoris. He finished the round by making an 18-foot putt for a birdie on the ninth, taking the first-round lead at a major championship for the first time since the 2014 Open Championship, and first after any round since winning the 2014 PGA Championship.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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