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  • Luke Donald, of England, gets a club from his caddie on the 12th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Local pros struggling as they prep for MastersApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 80th playing of the Masters tournament, which begins Thursday at Georgia’s Augusta National, won’t be like any previous stagings of golf’s first major championship of the year. Golf columnist Len Ziehm looks at the locals players in this year's tournament, and the first father-son qualifiers to play in the same Masters.

  • Pro golfers like Bubba Watson attracted nearly 45,000 visitors per day to Medinah Country Club in September during the 2012 Ryder Cup. Now towns surrounding the site are weighing whether the extra crowds were a boon or bust.

    DuPage towns still counting benefits from Ryder Cup Jan 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Several DuPage County communities are still calculating the benefits from the Ryder Cup — both in terms of money and image — even though golf's most prestigious tournament left Medinah Country Club nearly four months ago. The event also continues to pay dividends for charities such as Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana that are poised to receive thousands of dollars more this week from a tournament-related online auction.

  •  The squad car Lombard Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used to rush European golfer Rory McIlroy to the last day of the Ryder Cup on time can be sold in an online auction once its replacement arrives. The 2005 Crown Victoria is likely to be auctioned on eBay.com and could be available as soon as mid-January.

    Lombard plans to sell ‘Rory McIlroy car’ on eBay Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    The unmarked Lombard police car used to rush European golfer Rory McIlroy to his game-changing performance on the final day of the Ryder Cup in Medinah is heading to the auction block. "Since it's drawing so much attention," Village Manager David Hulseberg said in October, "we figure we have nothing to lose by putting it out there for any European or anyone who would like to buy the car and do whatever they would like with it."

  •  Tom Watson, the new Ryder Cup golf captain for Team USA, hopes to end two decades of losing in Europe.

    Tom Watson returns as 2014 Ryder Cup captain Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Americans are bringing back Tom Watson as their Ryder Cup captain with hopes of ending two decades of losing in Europe. Watson, however, faces a tall order as the Americans have lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and have not won away from home since 1993, when Watson was the captain at The Belfry in England. The eight-time major champion will be 65 when the 2014 Ryder Cup is played at Gleneagles in Scotland, making him the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history. "I was waiting for about 20 years to get the call," Watson said with that familiar gap-tooth grin. "I loved it the first time. I'm a great fan of the Ryder Cup. It's a great honor to be able to do it again."

  •  Tom Watson is rumored to be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain. Golf Digest has reported that the PGA of America plans to pick Watson as the 2014 Ryder Cup captain, and the announcement is scheduled to be made Thursday morning.

    Signs point to Watson as Ryder Cup captain Dec 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    In the two months since a stunning loss in the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, the PGA of America talked about doing things differently when selecting its next captain. Tom Watson certainly would break the mold. Golf Digest has reported that the PGA of America plans to announced on Thursday morning that Watson will direct Team USA.

  • Lombard is waiting to auction off the car Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used to bring European golfer Rory McIlroy to the final day of the Ryder Cup until trustees decide how Rollins should be able to use its replacement.

    McIlroy’s Ryder Cup ride needs trustees’ OK before auction Nov 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    The village of Lombard would like to auction off the squad car Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used to bring European golfer Rory McIlroy to the final day of the Ryder Cup in late September, but trustees first have to decide how Rollins should be able to use its replacement. Trustee Bill Ware raised concerns last month about the high mileage on the unmarked 2005 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Rollins, questioning how often the vehicle is used for personal trips.

  •  Joe Lundvick, left, chief operating officer of Perfection Global in Elk Grove Village, took photos with Team USA fans during the 39th annual Ryder Cup last weekend at Medinah Country Club.

    Fans basking in Ryder Cup afterglowOct 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    It's been a week now and still fans are comparing pictures, sharing stories, and showing off souvenirs from the 39th annual Ryder Cup that came to Medinah County Club. Few people can put their finger on the one thing that made the golf tournament so special, but many agree it was the experience of a lifetime.

  • Paul Lawrie Wednesday during the photo call at Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. Lawrie handed over the newly retained Ryder Cup trophy to Gleneagles club to mark the countdown to the 2014 Ryder Cup event which is taking place at Gleneagles.

    Europe’s Paul Lawrie criticizes crowd behavior at Medinah Oct 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Paul Lawrie wasn't just battling Brandt Snedeker as Europe won the Ryder Cup. He also had to contend with the Medinah crowd. "I didn't get abused, but you get comments like: `Top it! Shank it! You're going to lose.' Stuff like that on every shot you play," Lawrie said Wednesday. "Every single shot you hit last week, that's what you get. So apparently that's how it is."

  • Lombard Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used his unmarked squad car to rush European golfer Rory McIlroy, left, to the Ryder Cup on Sunday in time for the McIlroy to help his team to a comeback win. The car coincidentally was scheduled to be replaced and the village plans to sell it on an online auction site.

    Lombard cop gains international fame from Ryder escort Oct 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Ever heard of Pat Rollins? Well, they have in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Britain and throughout the world of professional golf after Rollins famously sprinted European golfer Rory McIlroy to the final day of the Ryder Cup on Sunday at Medinah Country Club. The Lombard Deputy Police Chief is busy answering more than 70 media calls from around the world about his timely escort of McIlroy in an unmarked squad car that's set to be sold online.

  •  Europe’s Martin Kaymer celebrating his Ryder Cup-winning putt Sunday was just one of the many memories for a special weekend at Medinah Country Club.

    Despite loss, great week for USA golf, Ryder Cup Oct 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    For many in attendance, the Ryder Cup at Medinah was the single greatest sporting event they have ever attended, and the amazing finish only made it that much more astonishing.

  •  Organizers say it will take at least three months before Medinah Country Club is fully back to normal after the Ryder Cup.

    Medinah dazzles during its moment in spotlight Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    Team USA may have faded down the stretch, but fans and organizers of the 39th annual Ryder Cup say Medinah Country Club dazzled from start to finish. Nearly 50,000 people jammed the course for Sunday's historic match. "The golf course looked so beautiful on screen. The city of Chicago, DuPage County, Medinah — we all delivered the deal," Mike Scully, Medinah's director of golf.

  • Maggie Roland of Wheeling, left, and Jo Holtby of Arlington Heights have a glass of wine at the Lynfred Winery in Roselle after attending the Ryder Cup. The winery has seen a substantial boost in business from the event.

    Local businesses are Ryder winners, but big gain could be future for DuPage Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Ryder Cup is on target to provide an immediate economic influx of about $130 million for businesses in the region, including about $80 million for DuPage County businesses, officials say. And long-term benefits could be in store as local officials woo visiting executives from around the world. “The Ryder Cup puts DuPage County on the world stage,” said Greg Bedalov, CEO of Choose DuPage.

  •  Steve Stricker reacts to missing a putt on the 17th green Sunday. Stricker lost to Germany's Martin Kaymer, whose match point clinched the Ryder Cup for the Europeans.

    Was this the last Ryder for winless Stricker? Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Did Steve Stricker, who’s had more birthdays than golf has had Ryder Cups, just play in his last Team USA vs. Team Europe competition? If so, will his lasting Ryder Cup memory be his last putt? The clutch eight-footer gave the United States hope, only to see opponent Martin Kaymer match the par-saver with a five-footer to halve the 18th hole, win the head-to-head match and secure victory for Europe. Stricker took the collar in the 39th Ryder Cup at sunny, jam-packed Medinah Country Club, going 0-4, as Europe rallied from Sunday’s four-point deficit for a stunning 14˝-13˝ victory.

  •  Martin Kaymer of Team Europe raises his arms in victory after his par putt on 18 clinched the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe.

    Europeans stun everyone but themselves to keep the Cup Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Europeans did their best to convince everyone, themselves included, that they actually had a chance to rally from America’s commanding 4-point lead and retain the Ryder Cup. Needing 8 points out of Sunday’s 12 singles matches, the Europeans turned what seemed improbable into reality with a stunning display of golf, winning 14˝ to 13˝ in the largest comeback on foreign soil.

  • Europe’s Martin Kaymer reacts after winning his match on the 18th hole to clinch a Europe win Sunday at the Ryder Cup.

    Europe retains Ryder Cup in improbable finish Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Europe has retained the Ryder Cup, completing an improbable comeback from a 4-point deficit. Martin Kaymer delivered the crucial 14th point with a 1-up victory over Steve Stricker. When Kaymer rolled in the 6-foot putt to clinch the match Sunday, he threw up his arms in triumph and shook his fists. His teammates, surrounding the green, roared and grabbed anyone within reach for a hug. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, watching from the middle of the fairway, closed his eyes and looked skyward.

  •  USA’s Phil Mickelson, left, shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus on the first hole before a singles match at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday.

    Day 3 gets off to unusual start as European star nearly late for tee time Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    The third and final day of the 39th Ryder Cup got off to a bizarre start at Medinah this morning when Europe’s top player, Rory McIlroy, nearly missed his tee time. Early reports indicated McIlroy, who arrived at the course with only about 10 minutes to spare thanks to a police escort, was confused over the time zone, believing he was to tee off at 12:25 p.m., instead of 11:25 a.m.

  • Recapping the Ryder Cup singles matches Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Here is a capsule look at the 12 singles matches Sunday in the 39th Ryder Cup.

  •  Martin Kaymer reacts after sinking the putt that sealed the Ryder Cup victory for Europe Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    After attitude check, Kaymer cashes in with clincher Sep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Germany’s Martin Kaymer changed his attitude. And for that, he was rewarded Sunday with the honor of assuring the Ryder Cup would remain in Europe for two more years.

  •  Europe's Luke Donald reacts after hitting out of a bunker on the 17th hole in his singles match against USA's Bubba Watson. Donald won the hole and the Ryder Cup match to start Europe's historic comeback.

    Donald rewards Olazabal’s trust with big winSep 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Luke Donald did his job perfectly for Team Europe on Sunday. With his team trailing 10-6, captain Jose Maria Olazabal sent former world No. 1 and Northwestern alum Donald out first in Sunday’s singles in hope of building some quick momentum for his team. Donald didn’t disappoint.

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