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  • Rozner: Memories of Medinah fresh for Team USA Sep 24, 2014 7:43 AM
    The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah was one of the great sporting events of our time and Europe will ride that high into this week’s match at Gleneagles, where the host team will go off as a nearly 2-1 favorite to win its eighth Ryder Cup in the last 10 tries.

     
  • Larson calls 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah ‘a lifetime event’ Sep 23, 2014 7:16 PM
    With the world golf spotlight is on Gleneagles in Scotland for the 40th Ryder Cup matches, Len Ziehm talks with Don Larson, chairman of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah, about that epic week 2012, and what the future holds for the club.

     
  • Mike North video: Why aren’t the Bears favored against the Jets? Sep 22, 2014 1:39 PM
    Mike North expects the Chicago Bears to win tonight, but wonders why the New York Jets are favored to win.

     
  • Elgin’s Sainz Jr. earns PGA Tour card Sep 21, 2014 6:05 PM
    The Chicago area has a new member on the PGA Tour. Elgin’s Carlos Sainz Jr. earned playing privileges for the 2014-15 season after finishing in a tie for 31st place in the Web.com Tour Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

     
  • Mike North video: $10 million day for Fed Ex Cup winner Sep 17, 2014 9:45 AM
    Mike North would rather win the Fed Ex Cup and $10 million, like golfer Billy Horschel did, then the Masters with a payout of a little more than $1.5 million.

     
  • Illini Invitational attracts top college teams Sep 9, 2014 5:03 PM
    A pair of talented college freshmen, Texas golferDoug Ghim of Arlington Heights and Illini golfer Nick Hardy of Northbrook, could have an impact during the Illini Invitational tourney at Olympia Fields this weekend.

     
  • Horschel holds on for title at BMW Championship Sep 7, 2014 7:15 PM
    CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — The bad swing a week ago is a distant memory. The blown lead Sunday — that wasn’t enough to derail Billy Horschel, either. Horschel let a three-shot lead drop to nothing early in the final round of the BMW Championship before rebounding for a two-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Horschel shot a 1-under 69 and finished at 14-under 266 to put himself in prime position for the FedEx Cup title and its $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship next week. “If I were a betting man, I’d put some money on me,” said Horschel, who made $1.44 million for his second career PGA Tour victory. Horschel heads into the final week of the playoff chase in second place in the points standings thanks to the victory and his tie for second a week ago — when he chunked a 6-iron well short on the final hole at TPC Boston, squandering a chance to win or force extra holes with playoff leader Chris Kirk. This time, nursing a two-shot lead, the 27-year-old from Grant, Florida, smoothed a 9-iron into the middle of the 18th green and the only drama was whether he’d have time for a quick pit stop before he had to putt. Horschel sprinted up the fairway, ducked under the ropes and was back in plenty of time to two-putt and close out the victory. “Obviously, after last week, a lot of people on Twitter were calling me a choker,” Horschel said. “I didn’t choke. I made one bad swing at a bad time. To start with a three-shot lead today and hold on means a lot.” About an hour earlier, it was another chunked shot that drastically altered the course of the tournament. Ryan Palmer erased his opening three-shot deficit to Horschel and was tied after six holes, then again after 11. Palmer was one behind as the final threesome walked down the 13th fairway, with Horschel buried in the right rough and Palmer buried in the left. Horschel hit his second shot safely on the green. Palmer shanked his into a small creek that runs in front of the green. He made double bogey to fall three behind. “A shank? (Doesn’t happen) very often,” Palmer said. “But I’m doing with the downhill, down in the rough, I’m blaming it on that. But it happens. It’s a fickle game.” That left Sergio Garcia, who cut a seven-shot deficit to two, as the last true threat, but his chance imploded on the par-5 17th — when he laid up, cooked his third shot over the green, then chipped into the water. He made a triple-bogey 8 — sullying a round of 67. He finished at 9 under, tied for fourth with Palmer (71), Rickie Fowler (68) and Jim Furyk (66). “It’s what happens when you’re not mentally sharp,” Garcia said about the decision not to go for the green in two. “Then, just a mistake after another mistake.” Horschel said losing the lead early didn’t bother him much. “That’s why you have a three-shot lead. To have a little wiggle room,” he said. Unlike Palmer and Garcia, Watson, who shot 66, never truly threatened to take the lead, but he didn’t blow up, either. He missed a 25-foot birdie putt on 18 that would’ve drawn him within one of Horschel, who was behind him in the fairway. But Watson didn’t make much all week. He finished 42nd in putting over four rounds. Still, he’ll go to Atlanta third in the standings, joining Kirk, Horschel, Rory McIlroy and Hunter Mahan among the top five, all of whom control their destiny — meaning a win will give them the playoff title, as well. “Maybe that’s when I make my putts,” Watson said. Palmer’s fourth-place finish moved him from 37th to 23rd in the standings. But outside of Horschel, Sunday’s biggest winner was third-place finisher Morgan Hoffman, who turned the old-school, mile-high layout at Cherry Hills into his personal pitch and putt over the weekend. He shot 7-under 63 on Sunday to go with his course-record 62 on Saturday and vaulted from 68th to 21st in the standings. He started the playoffs 124th, matching the worst starting ranking to make the 30-player Tour Championship in the eight-year history of the playoffs. “That’s the perfect way of putting it — ‘nothing to lose,”’ Hoffman said. “Carefree and just go out and fire at pins.” McIlroy finished tied for eighth after a 66 that included a replay of the worst kind — a four-putt on the 12th green for the second straight day. Still, he’s comfortably in the mix for next week. Not so for Stuart Appleby, who missed an 18-foot birdie try on his last hole to end up in 31st. And Keegan Bradley’s decision to withdraw Saturday because of a question over a drop he took in the opening round left him in 33rd, a five-spot drop.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: My math says 10-6 for Bears Sep 4, 2014 10:18 PM
    If my math doesn't fail me, and it hasn't in more than three days, the Bears will go 10-6 and be playoff-bound.

     
  • Donald fails to make cut Sep 2, 2014 11:48 PM
    These are not the best of times for Luke Donald even though his last tournament round was a great one — a 67 to conclude the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday in Boston. “A nice round but a disappointing season on the PGA Tour,” the former Northwestern star and former world No. 1 said via Twitter. “Have never worked harder, so hopefully that was a glimpse of things to come.”

     
  • Mercifully, NFL preseason comes to an end Aug 29, 2014 9:09 AM
    Even though it was a meaningless preseason game, we still have to talk about it - right? I guess, but we'll keep it short and sweet.

     
  • Hectic two weeks ahead for WGA staffers Aug 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    This may well be the busiest two weeks in the Western Golf Association’s 105-year history. The Hotel Fitness Championship tees off Thursday at Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the WGA’s biggest event follows with a Sept. 4-6 staging of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills in Denver.

     
  • Mahan comes up with timely victory at The Barclays Aug 24, 2014 7:21 PM
    Hunter Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies late in the final round Sunday to win The Barclays, ending more than two years without a title on the PGA Tour. The victory was the sixth of his career, and one of the most important.

     
  • Longtime Evans Scholars supporter Moore dies Aug 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    James E. Moore, who dedicated his career to helping thousands of deserving caddies attend college through the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Program, died Tuesday at the age of 73.

     
  • Spellman: My Million pick rhymes with ‘Chagician’ Aug 15, 2014 6:58 PM
    Time to soak in another Million Week. Oh, and other stuff this week in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • NIU’s Jeray fighting to keep her LPGA card Aug 12, 2014 1:15 PM
    Nicole Jeray, Chicago’s only LPGA Tour player, needs one big tournament to give her career a boost. Len Ziehm has more in this week's golf column, which includes an update on a big week for Carlos Sainz Jr. on the Web.com Tour.

     
  • Mike North video: Rory roars at PGA Championship Aug 11, 2014 10:39 AM
    As Rory Mcllroy wins his 3rd straight tournament- two of them Majors, Mike North thinks we are entering a new golden age of golf with young players like Rory and Rickie Fowler.As Rory Mcllroy wins his 3rd straight tournament- two of them Majors, Mike North thinks we are entering a new golden age of golf with young players like Rory and Rickie Fowler.

     
  • McIlroy shines through the darkness at PGA Aug 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    There was some confusion on the last hole, but that didn’t detract from another Rory McIlroy victory in the PGA Championship. As darkness fell in the tournament, McIlroy's game shined on.

     
  • Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup Aug 11, 2014 8:22 PM
    U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods’ words instead of his actions. Watson has said all year he wanted Woods on his team if he were healthy and playing well. Even though Woods is injured and not playing for the next month, Watson wouldn’t rule him out Monday.

     
  • McIlroy wins riveting PGA Championship Aug 10, 2014 10:26 PM
    The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship. On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major. McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players. Boy Wonder appears on his way to belonging in that group. “I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.” But one of the greatest shows on soggy turf came with a most peculiar ending. Three shots behind going to the back nine, McIlroy rallied to take the lead and then hit a 9-iron from the fairway bunker to 10 feet for birdie on the 17th hole for a two-shot lead going to the par-5 18th. Because of a two-hour rain delay earlier, darkness was falling quickly and it wasn’t certain McIlroy would be able to finish. McIlroy was allowed to hit his tee shot before Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had reached their drives. Both were only two shots behind, still in the game. McIlroy came within a yard of hitting in a hazard right of the fairway. Then, the PGA of America allowed McIlroy to hit his second shot. Mickelson and Fowler had to stand to the side of the green. “We were cool with hitting the tee shot,” Fowler said. “We weren’t expecting the approach shots.” Fowler had a 50-foot eagle attempt to tie for the lead. He was well off the mark, and missed the short birdie putt attempt that cost him his third straight runner-up finish in a major. Mickelson was short of the green, and his chip came within inches of dropping for an eagle that would have tied him for the lead. Mickelson appeared upset that they had to wait to finish the hole not standard procedure in a PGA Tour event and he made two references in a TV interview that this is the only championship the PGA of America runs all year. “It didn’t affect the outcome of the championship at all, I don’t think,” Mickelson said. “It’s not what we normally do. It’s not a big deal either way.” Mickelson closed with a 66 and was runner-up for the ninth time in a major. Fowler became the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning one. He closed with a 68 and tied for third with Henrik Stenson, who fell out of a share of the lead by missing a 3-foot par putt on the 14th hole. Stenson shot a 66. McIlroy hit his second shot into a bunker, and he had to two-putt from 35 feet for the win. He lagged the first one to tap-in range, and the major was his. McIlroy repeatedly pumped his fist before letting out a scream above the gallery that had been treated to one of the best shows ever in a major. He won his first two majors by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship. Only a month ago, McIlroy took a six-shot lead into the final round of the British Open and completed a wire-to-wire win with only a brief scare. This was his first big test, and it took some of his best golf to come through. “I think I showed a lot of guts out there to get the job done,” he said. The winning shot turned out to be that 9-iron from the bunker and the birdie putt on the 17th hole that gave him a two-shot lead, the largest margin for anyone on a day when as many as five players claimed a share of the lead. It might not have been possible without a 3-wood on the par-5 10th hole. Standing in the fairway, McIlroy watched Fowler drain a 30-foot birdie putt to take the outright lead. McIlroy was 281 yards away, slightly uphill, and his short caught the left side of the fairway and rolled onto the green before stopping 7 feet away for an eagle that got him back in the game. Mickelson holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole to tie Fowler, and it looked to be his day when he rolled in a 30-foot par putt on the 12th. Stenson hit a bold shot to the island-green 13th for a short birdie to tie for the lead, only to fall back. McIlroy caught the leaders with a birdie on the 13th. None of the other contenders made another birdie the rest of the way until it was too late. All that was left after an exhausting day of raw emotions was the coronation. Not since Woods in 2008 has anyone won three straight tournaments, and they were big ones for McIlroy the British Open, a World Golf Championship and the PGA Championship. He played them in a combined 48-under par. “He’s better than everyone else right now,” Mickelson said.

     
  • Challengers aplenty for McIlroy at PGA Championship Aug 9, 2014 9:26 PM
    Rory McIlroy may be leading the PGA Championship at Valhalla, but he has more challengers in the final round than he's had in most of his previous victories.

     
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