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  • Mickelson confident — at least about links golf Jul 14, 2014 1:57 PM
    Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors. Lefty was in good spirits Monday at the British Open, except for having to return the claret jug.

  • Tall order? Not for JDC champion Harman Jul 13, 2014 8:09 PM
    Local heroes Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker were in the hunt and the weather couldn’t have been better. That assured the John Deere Classic of its best year for attendance and revenue since tournament director Clair Peterson invited Michelle Wie to spice up the field eight years ago.

  • Rose tied for lead after 3 rounds of Scottish Open Jul 12, 2014 5:14 PM
    Justin Rose set up a chance to capture back-to-back titles by shooting a 5-under 66 at the Scottish Open on Saturday to move into a share of the lead with Marc Warren after three rounds.

  • Zach Johnson’s 67 earns share of JDC lead Jul 11, 2014 7:56 PM
    The John Deere Classic isn’t Zach Johnson’s personal showcase. It just seems that way at times. Johnson gained a share of the first-round lead after shooting a 63 on Thursday. He added a 67 in Friday’s second round to hit the midway point in the tourney in a tie for the lead with William McGirt.

  • For Niebrugge, Stricker more than a mentor Jul 8, 2014 4:42 PM
    There’s an interesting combination in the field for this week’s John Deere Classic, the only PGA Tour event played in Illinois in 2014. Steve Stricker, who considers himself semiretired at age 47 because he plays only a limited tournament schedule, has long been a JDC mainstay. u.s. Amateur Public Links champ Jordan Niebrugge, meanwhile, will be one of the youngest players in the 156-man starting field. They both hail from Wisconsin.

  • Spieth ready to defend his lone PGA title Jul 1, 2014 5:08 PM
    Jordan Spieth earned his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic. Now he hopes to win the tournament again. Len Ziehm has more in this week's golf column.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Even at 69, Hale Irwin doesn't like to lose Jun 19, 2014 11:08 PM
    The big spontaneous moments are long behind Hale Irwin, who just days ago celebrated his 69th birthday and beginning Friday will be part of a stellar field competing for the top prize at the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Nah, these days, things are a little different for the man who won 20 times on the PGA Tour, including three U.S. Open titles. Still the competitive spirit hasn't left him.

  • 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.

  • Tiger’s back? He says all is well Aug 6, 2014 6:25 PM
    The suspense is over. Tiger Woods showed up at Valhalla on Wednesday, just a few hours before Thursday’s start of the 96th PGA Championship. After a brief practice session promised he’d tee off in Thursday’s first round. Woods left the Bridgestone Invitational after nine holes Sunday after injuring his back. He returned to Florida while his caddie, Joe LaCava, came here to scout the course that will host the year’s final major championship for the third time.

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