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posted: 8/21/2012 7:41 PM

Special Ryder Cup exhibit opens Friday in Oak Brook

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For the first time in its storied history, a special Ryder Cup Exhibit will be opened to the public to showcase items from some of the tournaments greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal.

The grand opening of the "Ryder Cup Exhibit ... Where Legends are Forged and Legacies are Made" will take place at Oakbrook Center starting at noon Friday and running through the final day of Ryder Cup play on Sept. 30.

With items dating back to 1927, the exhibit features items from the personal collections of the golf legends mentioned previously as well as Gene Sarazen, Samuel Ryder, and more.

The 4,000-square-foot exhibit features more than 60 extremely rare items highlighted by the actual golf bag Nicklaus used during the famous "Concession" match in 1969.

Also showcased will be Walter Hagen's driver from the 1920s, a lunch menu from 1929 signed by Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Samuel Ryder himself, and official Ryder Cup programs dating back to the 1933 Ryder Cup.

Admission is free at Oakbrook Shopping Center, 100 Oakbrook Center, in Oak Brook.

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