As he prepares to bid adieu to Medinah Country Club after nearly 10 years as Director of Golf to run Desert Mountain in Arizona, Mike Scully probably couldn't have imagined a better going-away present than what the 39th Ryder Cup has provided.
"Magical," Scully said before Sunday's matches took place and produced one of the most stunning turnarounds in Ryder Cup history. "I have five friends from around the country staying with me and we've been using phrases like 'it's been the greatest week of our lives' and 'this has been absolutely spectacular.'
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"Everything that we could have done as a membership and a staff, along with the city of Chicago, DuPage County ... I think we've exceeded our expectations. It's what we've talked about for so long; it's hard to believe it's over."
And it's not just Scully and the folks at Medinah beaming after this Ryder Cup. The players and coaches on both teams have been raving as well.
"They've said it's phenomenal, the crowds ... but the thing that brings a tear to my eyes is to have them describe the golf course the way they have -- that it's just been absolutely spectacular -- the best greens they've putted on all summer," said Scully, a former Prospect High School football standout.
"To hear that after the struggles we've been through this summer with the weather and the golf course, and to have (Director of Golf Course Operations) Curtis Tyrrell get the credit he deserves just fills my heart because he's worked his butt off and delivered the deal."
As has Scully, who plans to soak it all in before his new gig begins. Desert Mountain is a community with six championship courses designed by Jack Nicklaus.
"It's bittersweet," he said. "But what a way to go out."