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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.

  • Former USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III worked with Bob Spence to help create Kinderlou Forest golf, a 10-year-old course in Valdosta, Ga., as part of his Love Golf Design team.

    Ex-Kemper Lakes pro takes Georgia course to a new levelMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Kemper Lakes pro Bob Spence wants to take Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga., to a new level, and Len Ziehm checks in with Spence, who has spent 60 years as a golf pro, about his stunning 18-hole course.

  • The 1988 PGA Championship winner, Jeff Sluman of Hinsdale, will headline the 31st Chicago Golf Show this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Sluman returns for 31st Chicago Golf ShowFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 31st Chicago Golf Show makes its return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for a three-day run that begins on Friday, and the event will feature Jeff Sluman, the Champions Tour veteran from Hinsdale, along with more than 400 exhibitors. Len Ziehm has more in his golf column.

  •  U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick has decided to leave Northwestern University and return to England to focus on his golf game.

    Fitzpatrick withdraws from Northwestern golf Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Northwestern men’s golf coach Pat Goss labeled Matt Fitzpatrick as “our most high-profile recruit since Luke Donald.” Unfortunately for NU, Fitzpatrick’s stay in Evanston didn’t last long. Fitzpatrick, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, withdrew from the school on Thursday to pursue more playing opportunities as an amateur in his native England.

  • Juniors to benefit from Chicago Open’s return Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    There’s just one major tournament left in the Chicago area golf season, and it’s both an old and new one. The Chicago Open, which tees off at Cantigny in Wheaton on Monday, has been played 23 times but not since 2001. The upcoming Chicago Open in Wheaton is being conducted by the Illinois Junior Golf Association to raise funds for its programs.

  •  Northwestern freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (left), the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, and senior Jack Perry (right), a 2012-13 All-American, led Northwestern at the Windon Memorial Classic with a third-place and second-place finish, respectively, at Knollwood Golf Club in Lake Forest.

    Malm, Slowinski ready to settle Player of the Year honorsSep 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The fourth and final major tournament of the Illinois PGA season begins a two-day run on Monday at a new site, Metamora Fields near Peoria. The IPGA Players Championship will decide two Player of the Year races. Curtis Malm, assistant professional at St. Charles Country Club, and Matt Slowinski, assistant at Glen Oak in Glen Ellyn, will duel for both honors.

  •  Sergio Garcia is one of 70 top players competing in the third round of the FedExCup playoffs at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest this week. The top 30 advance to the final tournament in Atlanta.

    A timely primer on the FedExCup playoffs Sep 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Len Ziehm takes a good look at the FedExCup points playoffs and offers up a primer for this week’s BMW Championship, the third of the four tournaments for the 70 players still alive in the points race.

  •  If Luke Donald misses the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championships, he might not qualify next month to play in the BWM Championship at Conway Farms, his home course.

    4 local golfers make FedEx Cup cuts Aug 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    With just one FedEx Cup Playoff tourney left before the PGA Tour comes to Conway Farms in Lake Forest for the BMW Championship next month, Len Ziehm looks at the rankings of the four survivors in the FedEx field with Illinois connections. He also has an update on improvements coming to Olympia Fields, and other news and notes in his weekly column column.

  •  Curtis Malm of St. Charles Golf Club looks to improve on his second-place finish during last year's Illinois PGA Championship Wednesday at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake.

    Malm takes aim at Illinois PGA titleAug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    After firing a 9-under par course record 63 at Elgin Country Club on Monday, clearly Curtis Malm is the player to watch in next week’s 91st Illinois PGA Championship on Olympia Fields Country Club’s South course. Len Ziehm has more on Malm, a first assistant professional at St. Charles Country Club and the IPGA’s player-of-the-year in 2012, and other topics in this week's column column.

  •  PGA Tour pros Mark Wilson, left, and Luke Donald, center, joined Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich and Northwestern University basketball coach Chris Collins, right, for a BMW Championship exhibition Monday at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. The event raised $45,000 for the Evans Scholars Foundation. The BMW Champion will take place Sept. 9-15.

    Donald, Wilson have work ahead to make BMW Aug 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    It won't be easy for Luke Donald and Mark Wilson to make the BMW Championship cut in the upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs. Both Chicago-based PGA Tour players and members of the Western Golf Assn. board of directors need to improve their current position to do it. Len Ziehm looks at their position, and the challenge they face, in this week's golf column, which includes a video of their exhibition match Monday at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

  •  Tiger Woods hits to the 18th green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Tuesday. Illini golf coach Mike Small again earned a spot in the field, which opens play on Thursday.

    PGA Championship to test Small’s game Aug 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Golf writer Len Ziehm catches up with Illini coach Mike Small, who will compete again in this week's PGA Championship. Small, who led the Illini to a Big Ten title and second-place NCAA finish, says his game needs work. Ziehm has that interview and more in this week's golf column.

  •  Two-time Illinois Women's Open champ Nicole Jeray will be among the contenders for this year's championship at Mistwood.

    Diverse field set for Illinois Women’s Open Jul 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The 19th Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, which tees off Wednesday at Mistwood in Romeoville, has taken a different approach from the men’s 64th Illinois Open, which had one of its most exciting stagings last week at The Glen Club in Glenview. Golf writer Len Ziehm explain that and more in this week's column.

  • Affrunti’s 4-putt will be hard to forgetJul 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Good things may still be ahead for Joe Affrunti, who gets back on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities in two weeks, but the Crystal Lake golfer will have a hard time forgetting what happened to him in his last tournament. Len Ziehm explains what happened.

  •  Inbee Park of South Korea will be going for her third straight major at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

    Big week for top women golfers Jun 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The U.S. Women’s Open tees off on Thursday at Sebonack, a seven-year old New York course co-designed by Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus. eanwhile, the Illinois Women’s Amateur begins the match play portion of its competition on Wednesday and concludes Friday at Cantigny in Wheaton. Veteran writer Len Ziehm previews each event and more in this week's golf column.

  •  Nick Price hasn’t competed on the Champions Tour since last August when he tore a legament in his left elbow. He’ll play in the 54-hole Encompass Championship this week.

    Price heads star-studded Encompass field Jun 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Some of Nick Price’s best days in a Hall of Fame career on the PGA Tour came in Chicago, where he won back-to-back Western Opens at Cog Hill in 1993 and 1994. Price, who hasn’t competed on the 50-and-over circuit since last August when he suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow, will make his Champions Tour return comes at North Shore Country Club in Glenview for this week’s Encompass Championship. Eight former Western champions will be in the field for the 54-hole main event begins on Friday after a two-day pro-am team event. Len Ziehm has all the details in this report.

  •  Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd with a thumbs-up after he birdied the 18th hole Saturday during the third round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

    Mickelson happy as can be at BMW this year Sep 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Phil Mickelson was a reluctant competitor when the Western Golf Association held the Western Open and its successor, the BMW Championship, at Cog Hill in Lemont. He just didn't like the course, and he said so.

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