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  • Justin Rose wins Quicken Loans National in playoff Jun 29, 2014 6:09 PM
    Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani. Tied for the lead on the 18th hole, Rose tried to hit through the trees and put it into the water. He atoned for the mistake by making a 15-foot bogey putt and got into a sudden-death playoff when Stefani made bogey on the 17th hole. In the playoff, Stefani punched out from the trees and repeated Rose’s mistake by hooking his shot into the water. Stefan made double bogey, and Rose won with a par. Both finished at 4-under 280. It was Rose’s first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion. Congressional made it feel like he won another U.S. Open.

     
  • Woodland charity golf outing Jun 29, 2014 4:11 PM
    The Woodland Educational Foundation is sponsoring its 8th annual golf outing on July 17, at the Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

     
  • Bonnie Dundee Golf Club brings new hybrid sport of FootGolf to Fox Valley Jun 27, 2014 8:24 AM
    Switch out a golf ball for a soccer ball and replace a golf club with your foot, and you get FootGolf, a growing international sport making an appearance in various parts of the country, including in Illinois. The most recent course has opened at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club in Carpentersville.

     
  • A short return for Tiger Woods at Congressional Jun 27, 2014 5:55 PM
    Tiger Woods didn’t last more than 36 holes in his return to competition. Woods showed plenty of rust with his short game when he ran off four straight bogeys on the back nine Friday at Congressional to end any hopes of sticking around for the weekend at the Quicken Loans National.

     
  • Mike North video: Tiger Woods Returns Jun 25, 2014 9:59 AM
    Even though Mike North has been critical of Tiger Woods in the past, he knows golf needs Tiger for better ratings.

     
  • Woods says he’s ahead of schedule and without pain Jun 24, 2014 7:17 PM
    Tiger Woods returns at the Quicken Loans National with big hopes and realistic expectations — and with no pain. Asked for an opening comment on where he is with his recovery, Woods smiled and said, “I’m right here.” “It’s been an interesting road,” Woods said. “This has been quite a tedious little process, but been one where I got to a point where I can play competitive golf again. And it’s pretty exciting.”

     
  • Rave reviews for Medinah’s renovated Course No. 1 Jun 25, 2014 11:43 AM
    Medinah Country Club now has another course to rival its famed No. 3 layout, says Len Ziehm, who talks with members about the $6.5 million renovation to Course No. 1, which had six new holes created by architect Tom Doak and improvements made to 12 other holes.

     
  • Lehman wins Encompass tourney in Glenview Jun 22, 2014 6:06 PM
    After struggling with his putting much of the round, Tom Lehman made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship in Glenview. The 55-year-old Lehman closed with a 2-under 70 at North Shore and had a 15-under 201 total for his eighth senior title and first since 2012. He rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 — his only dropped strokes of the week — with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, parred the par-3 17th and won on the par-4 18th. “It wasn’t my very best performance today, but it was good enough,” Lehman said. Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett tied for second, a stroke back. Allen shot 67, and Triplett had a 68. Lehman, the 1996 British Open winner, opened with rounds of 65 and 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. He ended a 27-event victory drought and won $270,000. “The check is sweet, but the trophy is sweeter,” Lehman said. His last win was the Schwab Cup Championship at the end of the 2012 season. Lehman, who was bogey-free and made 13 birdies in the first two rounds, parred the first 11 holes before birdieing No. 12. “I had a rough start and wasn’t putting like I did the first two days,” Lehman said. “It put me in a bit of a bind. After 14, I told my caddie, ‘Let’s have the best four holes of the week.”’ Lehman sank an 18-footer on the 15th and a 6-footer on the 16th to get back to 14 under. Triplett birdied the first, sixth, 13th and 16th holes in his bogey-free round. His approach on the final hole stopped in the back fringe. He missed a 20-foot birdie attempt. “I said early in the week that 15 under would win and 15 under wins,” Triplett said. “I had some chances, missed a couple and made a couple. I had a pretty tough putt on 18 coming down that hill to keep it on line. So, next week.” Allen birdied three of the last four holes, with his approach on 18 hitting the flagstick and stopping 4 inches from the cup. Doug Garwood was fourth at 13 under after a 66. He played the first 10 holes in 4 under and briefly grabbed a share of the lead at 13 under with an eagle on the 16th hole, but three-putted for bogey on the 17th to fall back. Russ Cochran took advantage of a swing adjustment to shooting the best round of the tournament, an 8-under 64 that left him in a tie for sixth at 10 under. “I got up on my toes more,” Cochran said. “Seems like a little thing, but it seemed like it did the trick.” Colin Montgomerie was 10 under after a 70. Hale Irwin matched his age with a 69 to tie for 39th at 3 under.

     
  • Cochran rockets up leaderboard with final-round 64 Jun 22, 2014 10:44 PM
    It may have been too little too late, but Russ Cochran took more than a mediocre paycheck away from the Encompass Championship on Sunday. The left-handed golfer claimed the tournament 18-hole record with an 8-under-par 64.

     
  • Sluman returning to site of his lone major title Jun 22, 2014 10:45 PM
    The Champions Tour players didn’t all leave town after the Encompass Championship concluded. Many in Sunday’s field stayed around for Monday’s sectional qualifying round for the U.S. Senior Open at Village Links of Glen Ellyn.

     
  • Michelle Wie finally wins first major Jun 22, 2014 6:07 PM
    Michelle Wie finally delivered a performance worthy of the hype that has been heaped on her since she was a teenager. Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, sending the 24-year-old from Hawaii to her first major championship Sunday, a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis in the U.S. Women’s Open. Wie closed with an even-par 70 and covered her mouth with her hand before thrusting both arms in the air. Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, made her work for it. She made eight birdies to match the best score of the tournament with a 66, and then was on the practice range preparing for a playoff when her caddie told her Wie had made the sharp-breaking birdie putt on the 17th. Lewis returned to the 18th green to hug the winner after other players doused Wie with champagne. What a journey for Wie, who now has four career victories — all in North America, the first on the U.S. mainland — and moved to the top of the LPGA money list after winning the biggest event in women’s golf. She has been one of the biggest stars in women’s golf since she was 13 and played in the final group of a major. Her popular soared along with criticism when she competed against the men on the PGA Tour while still in high school and talked about wanting to play in the Masters. That seems like a lifetime ago. The 6-foot Wie is all grown up, a Stanford graduate, popular among pros of both genders and now a major champion. “Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening,” Wie said. It almost didn’t. Just like her so much of her life, the path included a sharp twist no one saw coming. Wie started the final round tied with Amy Yang, took the lead when Yang made double bogey on No. 2 and didn’t let anyone catch her the rest of the day. In trouble on the tough fourth hole, she got up-and-down from 135 yards with a shot into 3 feet. Right when Lewis was making a big run, Wie answered by ripping a drive on the shortened par-5 10th and hitting a cut 8-iron into 10 feet for eagle and a four-shot lead. She had not made a bogey since the first hole — and then it all nearly unraveled. From a fairway bunker on the 16th, holding a three-shot lead, she stayed aggressive and hit hybrid from the sand. After a three-minute search, the ball was found in a wiregrass bush that caused her to take a penalty drop behind her in the fairway. She chipped on to about 35 feet and rapped her bogey putt 5 feet past the hole. Miss it and she would be tied. Bent over in that table-top putting stance, she poured it in to avoid her first three-putt of the week. Smiling as she left the green, even though her lead was down to one, Wie hit 8-iron safely on the 17th green and holed the tough birdie putt. She pumped her fist, then slammed it twice in succession, a determination rarely seen when she was contending for majors nearly a decade ago as a teen prodigy. “Obviously, there are moments of doubt in there,” Wie said. “But obviously, I had so many people surrounding me. They never lost faith in me. That’s pushed me forward.” Wie finished at 2-under 278, the only player to beat par in the second week of championship golf at Pinehurst. Martin Kaymer won by eight shots last week at 9-under 271, the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history. Lewis got within one shot of the lead with a birdie on No. 13, and after two bogeys, kept her hopes alive by finishing with back-to-back birdies. “I knew I needed to get out early and post some numbers and make Michelle Wie earn it,” Lewis said. Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland made her pro debut by closing with a 69 to finish alone in third, earning $271,373. That should be enough to secure her LPGA Tour card for next season. Yang never recovered from her bad start and closed with a 74 to finish fourth. Juli Inkster never got going, either. The 53-year-old Hall of Famer, playing in her 35th and final U.S. Women’s Open, started four shots out of the lead and didn’t make a birdie until the eighth hole. She closed with a 75 and tied for 15th. She received a standing ovation walking up the 18th green, a remarkable career that includes three straight U.S. Amateur titles, two majors as a rookie, two daughters, and then seven more majors for the career Grand Slam. “They were so pulling for me, but it’s really hard to acknowledge them when you’re 5-over par and struggling,” Inkster said. “It was very nice, especially the reception on No. 1 tee and the reception on 18, and all around the golf course. It was great — very, very, very honored.” And she was thrilled for Wie, who has endured already so much for someone so young. Wie is the same age as Annika Sorenstam when the Swede won her first major.

     
  • Suburban native Streelman makes 7 straight birdies to win tourney Jun 23, 2014 8:40 AM
    Kevin Streelman, who was born in Winfield and grew up in Wheaton, birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke Sunday at TPC River Highlands. Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He broke the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.

     
  • Encompass win is on Lehman’s terms Jun 22, 2014 10:47 PM
    Ho hum, just another former major champion sinking just another 12-foot putt to avoid just another playoff to win the Encompass Championship. Last year it was Craig Stadler taking the title with a tricky bender from a dozen feet away, and Sunday it was Tom Lehman — who had putted himself into a 3-shot lead heading into the final round only to see it disappear late, courtesy of a balky flat stick — coming through with a clutch left-to-righter on the final hole to cap a wild finish at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

     
  • Golf encompasses Triplett and his son Jun 21, 2014 10:54 PM
    Kirk Triplett wasn’t excited about his Saturday round in the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, even though it was a good one. Triplett, an early starter, posted his second straight 5-under-par 67 and his 10-under 134 is three strokes behind leader Tom Lehman entering Sunday’s final round.

     
  • Langer believes Kaymer could really go on a tear Jun 21, 2014 10:16 PM
    Bernhard Langer is still pretty good at this golf thing, but today he is considered the world’s foremost expert on Martin Kaymer, and there’s really nowhere he can go now without being asked about his fellow German.

     
  • Lehman rushes to top before storm at Encompass Jun 21, 2014 10:50 PM
    As tournament leader Tom Lehman walked to the 18th tee late Saturday afternoon with some darker than dark clouds closing in from the west, he couldn’t help but think back to a year ago at this very same Encompass Championship. “It was at the end of the first round and we had a big storm and they suspended play,” Lehman recalled. “Then we had to come out the next morning and finish up. I’m not sure what time it was ... but I know it was a bummer.

     
  • Wie sets a standard in Women’s Open at Pinehurst Jun 20, 2014 5:10 PM
    Michelle Wie delivered the best comparison of all between the men and women at Pinehurst No. 2. She was threatening to turn this major into a runaway. Wie made two big pars and closed with two birdies for a second straight 2-under 68, giving her a four-shot lead among those who played early Friday.

     
  • Renovations coming for Buffalo Grove golf dome Jun 19, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s golf dome is due for a makeover, including a new heating system and replacement of the exterior dome material. To allow that to happen, Buffalo Grove village board members said this week they would draft an ordinance extending the site’s special use permit. Trustees stopped short, however, of granting the park district’s request to grant the dome permanent status.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Never a shortage of Bears news Jun 19, 2014 10:52 PM
    If you want random, well, you’ve come to the right place - Spellman's Scorecard. Some musings on Bears OTA's, Cubs pitchers and why Mike is still mad at Steve Coburn.

     
  • These guys can (still) play Jun 18, 2014 6:44 PM
    Starting Friday, 81 pros will fight for a share of the $1.8 million purse for the Encompass Championship starting at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Len Ziehm offers a look at 5 players to watch as the Champions Tour's best contend for the $270,000 first-place check.

     
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