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  • Family-man Streelman looks to get his game on track Jun 10, 2014 4:25 PM
    Winfield’s Kevin Streelman remains one of golf’s most promising up-and-coming players, but he’s not going into this week’s U.S. Open with any momentum. Chicago’s only homegrown PGA Tour player missed the cut in his last three tournaments. “It’s been a strange year golf-wise,” Streelman told golf columnist Len Ziehm, “but it’s been a wonderful year off the course thanks to Sophia (his daughter). The former Duke golfer talks with Ziehm about his family and the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday on the famed No. 2 course at Pinehurst, N.C.

     
  • College stars coming out for John Deere Classic Jun 4, 2014 10:11 PM
    Illinois’ only PGA Tour event of 2014 has thrived by appealing to young players, and director Clair Peterson saw no reason to change that approach when he announced his sponsor exemptions for the John Deere Classic this week. Peterson invited four of the best college stars to battle the PGA Tour players in the 44th staging of the $4.7 million tournament, which runs July 7-13 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL, near the Quad Cities. Len Ziehm has more in his weekly golf column.

     
  • Area golfers spread out for U.S. Open qualifiers May 27, 2014 2:50 PM
    Lots of golfers with ties to Illinois are still in the mix to compete in the U.S. Open, which features 10 qualifying sectionals on Monday across the country. Len Ziehm has the latest in this week's golf column, including where Carlos Sainz Jr. of Elgin and Vince India of Deerfield are likely headed.

     
  • Montgomerie finds comfort zone on Champions Tour May 24, 2014 8:05 PM
    Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, but he has yet to win a tournament in the United States. That could change Sunday when he takes a 1-shot lead over Germany’s Bernhard Langer into the final round of the 75th PGA Championship at Harbor Shores.

     
  • Ailing Stadler hoping to defend Encompass title May 20, 2014 2:42 PM
    Chicago’s only pro tour stop of 2014, the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club,, is less than a month away, and. defending champion Craig Stadler has some health issues that have sidelined him for most of this year. Len Ziehm has more

     
  • Malm’s 3-peat one for the books May 15, 2014 9:57 PM
    Curtis Malm had a chance to make some significant golf history on Thursday, and he didn’t disappoint. The new head professional at White Eagle in Naperville won his third straight title in the 63rd Illinois PGA Match Play Championship at Kemper Lakes in Long Grove.

     
  • Deerfield’s India fires a sizzling 61 May 6, 2014 4:30 PM
    Deerfield product Vince India has been struggling as a rookie on the PGA’s satellite Web.com Tour this year, but he didn’t struggle on Monday in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open. The former University of Iowa golfer shot a 10-under-par 61 to earn medalist honors in a local qualifier at Waterlefe, in Sarasota, Fla. Len Ziehm also takes a look at Curtis Malm and his bid for a third striaght Illinois PGA Match Play title.I

     
  • 3 area golfers battle on Web.com Tour Apr 29, 2014 11:56 AM
    Golf columnist Len Ziehm checks out the Web.com Tour starts for three former suburban golf stars — Vince India (Deerfield), Andy Pope (Glen Ellyn) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Elgin) — who are hoping to do well enough to play their way on to the big circuit in 2015.

     
  • Big Ten golf titles on the line this spring Apr 22, 2014 6:35 PM
    Illinois and Northwestern have become perennial contenders for the men’s and women’s golf titles in the Big Ten Conference, and that’ll again be the case when collegiate postseason play begins this weekend. The NU women shared last year’s Big Ten title and are the highest-ranked conference team (No. 12) in the national polls. Last year coach Emily Fletcher’s team shared the title with Purdue, giving NU its first Big Ten crown in women’s golf. This year’s team doesn’t have any seniors and will defend on a different course starting on Friday.

     
  • Most area courses battling winter damage Apr 15, 2014 5:26 PM
    Chicago golfers beware. In most years virtually all Chicago courses are in full swing by the time the Masters tournament tees off in April. This year that wasn’t the case, and that’s not all. The Midwest Golf Course Superintendents Assn. is conducting a survey of its courses this week and executive director Luke Cella doesn’t expect the results to be encouraging.

     
  • Local pros struggling as they prep for Masters Apr 8, 2014 6:08 PM
    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.

     
  • Watson: No need for Ryder Cup wild-card picks Sep 24, 2013 1:22 PM
    GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Tom Watson’s first move as U.S. captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup was reducing the number of wild-card picks from four to three. If he had his own way, he’d have none. “If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks, no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify,” Watson said. “That’s the way I qualified ... you had 12 players and no picks. Maybe that’s the way it should go back to.” If that had been the case at Medinah last year, Europe probably wouldn’t have returned home with the trophy. Ian Poulter — one of two wild-card selections — helped Europe rally from 10-5 down. No wonder Paul McGinley reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to two wild cards as the rival captains chatted at an often-jovial news conference at Gleneagles on Tuesday. They were celebrating the “Year To Go” mark for the 2014 tournament at the Scottish course. Europe is looking to win the biennial competition for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings. McGinley thinks the difference between the teams will be “so slight and so small,” just like in Medinah when Jose Maria Olazabal’s visiting team prevailed 14½-13½. “At the risk of repeating myself, I really see this as, again, boxing parlance, two heavyweights going toe-to-toe, 15 rounds,” McGinley said. “I know we are on home soil, but I know it’s going to be a very formidable package that Tom is going to pose to us, and I know ... that’s what makes it so enthralling.” For the United States to break Europe’s recent stranglehold, Watson needs 14-time major winner Tiger Woods to transfer his winning form on the PGA Tour to the Ryder Cup. The top-ranked player has struggled to produce his best golf in the team competition, winning the Ryder Cup just once — in 1999 — since his debut in 1997. He only won half a point at Medinah and tied Raymond Floyd for most losses in foursomes (8). However, Watson considers Woods pivotal for the team next year. “Tiger has a sense about him and in talking to Davis (Love III), he was very much a leader at Medinah,” Watson said. “We need him to be a leader. There’s not a question about that. “I don’t care who you are, if you don’t look up to Tiger Woods, what he’s accomplished in his career and say, ‘I want to play like Tiger Woods,’ you don’t know what you’re talking about.” Qualifying for the Ryder Cup began a month ago in Europe. American qualifying will start Oct. 10 with the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif. Watson will return to the United States where he will look at samples of the team uniform for the Ryder Cup before monitoring player performance at the Presidents Cup in Ohio next month. McGinley will compete in the Dunhill Links Championship at nearby St. Andrews.

     
  • DuPage towns still counting benefits from Ryder Cup Jan 8, 2013 5:56 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.

     
  • Lombard plans to sell ‘Rory McIlroy car’ on eBay Dec 13, 2012 3:47 PM
    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 returns as 2014 Ryder Cup captain Dec 13, 2012 3:43 PM
    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."

     
  • Signs point to Watson as Ryder Cup captain Dec 12, 2012 12:16 PM
    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.

     
  • McIlroy’s Ryder Cup ride needs trustees’ OK before auction Nov 2, 2012 12:29 PM
    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.

     
  • Fans basking in Ryder Cup afterglow Oct 7, 2012 8:00 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.

     
  • Europe’s Paul Lawrie criticizes crowd behavior at Medinah Oct 3, 2012 2:52 PM
    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 cop gains international fame from Ryder escort Oct 3, 2012 5:45 PM
    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.

     
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