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  • Ryder Cup captains like what they see at Medinah Sep 27, 2011 11:53 AM
    Medinah Country Club and PGA of America celebrated the one-year countdown to the next Ryder Cup this week, with the captains of both teams lauding Medinah. “I can’t imagine a better place for this,” said Europe’s Jose Maria Olazabal.

     
  • Signs point to North suburbs landing BMW in 2013 Sep 20, 2011 11:25 AM
    An announcement won't likely come for a few weeks, but the BMW Championship figures to be played in the north suburbs when it returns to the Chicago area in 2013, and Luke Donald, the world's No. 1-ranked player, is pulling for Conway Farms Golf Club, a private facility in Lake Forest.

     
  • Streelman's PGA career on rise despite missing BMW Sep 14, 2011 12:03 AM
    The PGA Tour's BMW Championship will be heavy on Illinois talent when it tees off Thursday at Cog Hill in Lemont. World No. 1 Luke Donald is fourth in the FedEx Cup point standings, with Steve Stricker eighth, Mark Wilson 17th and D.A. Points 49th. Donald went to Northwestern and Stricker and Points to Illinois. Wilson lives in Elmhurst.

     
  • IPGA honors Twin Orchard’s Any Shuman Sep 6, 2011 6:03 PM
    Heading the list of the Illinois PGA's season award winners is Andy Shuman, the director of golf at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, who was named the section’s 57th professional of the year.

     
  • Small ready to make it 9 Illinois PGA titles in a row Aug 24, 2011 3:15 PM
    Mike Small has owned the Illinois PGA Championship, winning the title eight straight times. He’ll go for nine in a row starting Monday at Medinah Country Club’s No. 1 course when the tourney is staged for the 89th time.

     
  • BMW a huge test for Cog Hill’s renovations Aug 16, 2011 11:52 AM
    The biggest tournament of Chicago’s golf season is less than a month away, and the pressure is mounting at Cog Hill, which will host its 20th PGA Tour event when the BMW Championship returns Sept. 12-18.

     
  • Strong field for 81st Illinois Amateur in Glen Ellyn Aug 9, 2011 7:04 PM
    Although the defending champion, Vince India of Deerfield, isn't playing in the 81st Illinois Amateur golf tourney at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, the field is deep with past champions and solid contenders.

     
  • Past champ returns for Illinois Women’s Open Aug 2, 2011 11:22 AM
    This 17th staging of the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open will be something special. Even Diane Daugherty, the event's first champion, will be in the field.

     
  • Western Am pulls in top talent again Jul 26, 2011 10:49 AM
    The next big golf tournament in the Chicago area is the Western Amateur, but its organizers are somewhat justified in their claim that "there’s nothing amateur about it.’’ Without doubt a segment of the 156 starters in next week’s tournament at North Shore Country Club in Glencoe can play with the best professionals.

     
  • Shin looking for best form at Evian Masters Jul 20, 2011 2:49 PM
    EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Defending champion Jiyai Shin is still looking for her best form and first title of the year entering the Evian Masters. Shin birdied the 18th hole to win in dramatic style last year, becoming the first South Korean to capture the event. The 23-year-old Shin maintains she will be confident when play starts Thursday. “Actually, last year, before this week, before Evian, I didn’t win,” Shin said. “I think it’s time to win. I know a lot of my fans (are) waiting, and I’m also waiting for the win.” Shin finished second at the ShopRite LPGA Classic last month and was runner-up at the Kia Classic in March, where she lost to Sandra Gal after the German sank a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Otherwise, Shin’s best was an eighth place at the LPGA State Farm Classic and a tie for 10th at the U.S. Open. “I think I played well, just a little bit up and down,” Shin said. “Just my putting, sometimes my putting doesn’t work. But I’m practicing a lot, so maybe the good feeling is coming.” Shin faces a strong field, including Ai Miyazato of Japan. She earned her first LPGA Tour victory at the Evian Masters in 2009 and finished sixth at the recent U.S. Open. “I played very good at the U.S. Open, and my confidence is coming back,” Miyazato said. “I’m feeling good, I’m in good shape.” Two years ago, Miyazato clinched the Evian Masters with a birdie on the first sudden-death playoff hole, beating Sophie Gustafson of Sweden. “I have such a great memory from this tournament. I can’t believe it’s already two years,” Miyazato said. Players had to put up with drizzly rain and muggy conditions as they practiced on Wednesday. “It’s so cold and rainy. Feels like it’s Scotland,” Shin said. “But hopefully no rain in the next few days.” Meanwhile, Michelle Wie hopes to find some form in Evian — which is set to become a major in 2013. The LPGA announced Wednesday that it would become the fifth major of the tour and be held in September 2013. Wie, who finished 55th at the U.S. Open, has not finished in the top three since she was runner-up to Yani Tseng at the LPGA Thailand in February. Wie rebuffs recent claims by Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam that she has become distracted by getting her degree at Stanford. Speaking during the U.S. Open this month, Sorenstam even questioned whether Wie is “mentally strong enough to finish at the top” of the game. “I want to win majors, I want to win tournaments, and I’m working very hard at that. Right now that’s my No. 1 goal,” Wie said. “And even if I’m at school, you know, I don’t go to school full time.” The 21-year-old Wie plans to graduate, and says going to school provides balance to her life. “I think education has always been very important to me, especially ever since I was young,” Wie said. “So I’ve been playing on LPGA tournaments and going to regular high school and all of that, so it’s been very important.”

     
  • Team Miyazato to pool U.S. Women’s Open winnings for Japan Jul 9, 2011 11:37 PM
    For months now, the battered country of Japan has been looking for a lift. By using her blossoming golf game as a tool for charity, 21-year-old Mika Miyazato could turn the U.S. Women’s Open into the feel-good story her country seeks and back it with some cold, hard cash.

     
  • Storms spoil U.S. Women’s Open Jul 8, 2011 10:18 PM
    Stacy Lewis made it through 29 holes Friday in the U.S. Women’s Open at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., before the region’s typical summer thunderstorms hit and she walked off the mountain course at 4-under par, with a 1-shot lead over I.K. Kim and Ryann O’Toole. Play had been suspended Thursday with 131 players still on the course, or still waiting to hit their first shots, so it will be a long weekend before the tournament is complete.

     
  • With Love and Toms, JDC field even better Jul 5, 2011 4:00 PM
    The first of two PGA Tour stops in Illinois — this week’s John Deere Classic in Silvis — already had its share of good story lines with Steve Stricker trying for a three-peat and Louis Oosthuizen using the tournament as his final tuneup before defending his British Open title next week. But the JDC offers more than that thanks to two late entries.

     
  • Stricker goes for three-peat at John Deere Jun 28, 2011 12:04 PM
    Players start gathering at TPC at John Deere Run in Silvis on Monday for the first of Illinois’ two stops on the PGA Tour this season. If this year’s version of the John Deere Classic is anything like last year’s, it’ll be something special.

     
  • Busy summer of golf events at Medinah Jun 21, 2011 12:27 PM
    While Medinah’s membership is focused on preparations for next year’s Ryder Cup matches, the club will be a busy place this year as well. Its courses will be at the forefront of professional, amateur and charity events in the next few months.

     
  • Blakeman ready for U.S. Open return Jun 14, 2011 11:28 AM
    Len Ziehm's weekly golf column looks at Bennett Blakeman and the rest of the Illinois contingent playing in this week's U.S. Open.

     
  • It only took him 355 tournaments to win one Jun 12, 2011 9:09 PM
    Harrison Frazar won his first PGA Tour title in his 355th tournament, beating Robert Karlsson with a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at the St. Jude Classic.

     
  • Local pros, amateurs set for Radix Cup Jun 7, 2011 12:14 PM
    Len Ziehm's weekly column on golf looks at the Radix Cup, the changes to the Bridges at Popular Creek, and the upcoming Little City Invitational, among other golf events.

     
  • St. Charles to host Open qualifier May 31, 2011 5:08 PM
    Fifty-eight players will compete Monday in the U.S. Open qualifier at St. Charles Country Club , and they include veteran PGA Tour player Tom Pernice and Scott Langley, Illinois’ NCAA individual champion of 2010.

     
  • Injuries slow PGA start for Crystal Lake’s Affrunti Apr 26, 2011 4:07 PM
    Surviving a rookie season on the PGA Tour is hard enough, but Crystal Lake’s Joe Affrunti went through a nightmare in his first four months on golf’s premier circuit.

     
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