Around The Links: Golf Stories for September 8, 2013

 

 

Sep 27, 2012; Medinah, IL, USA; Rory McIlroy juggles a golf ball on the 18th green during practice for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Who can forget the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah last September? Raucous crowds, and a Sunday lickin Team USA will not soon forget. Players will begin showing up tomorrow for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club, like Medinah, in the greater Chicago Area. Lake Forest will host the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoff, with practice rounds getting underway on Monday, and 70 of the world’s top golfers teeing it up on Thursday morning to punch their ticket to East Lake. Rory McIlroy won his last tournament on American soil last year at The BMW, a run that would end at the Tour Championship where Brandt Snedeker won all of the marbles.

 

BMW Championship makes a great course for Chicago’s golf appetite

Conway Farms Golf Club is a 7149 yard monster that plays to a par of 71, and can grow teeth. With its close proximity to Chicago, and the wind that is relentless in that area can play havoc with golfers needing birdies to make the leap to Atlanta. Golfers that survive this week,and get an invitation to East Lake next week will have earned it.

Lee narrowly misses out on historic 59

If you didn’t catch the European Tour on the Golf Channel on Saturday, you missed a great round of golf by Craig Lee from Scotland. Lee fired a 61 in the third round of the Omega European Masters, and flirted with the European Tours first sub 60 score in history. He fell two strokes short of history, but did take a two-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round.

U.S. on cusp of Walker Cup victory

Warren G. Harding was the President of the United States the last time the Walker Cup was played at National Golf Links in Southampton, New York. That’s 91 years ago. Team USA takes an 8-4 lead into Sunday’s action, and needs 13.5 points in order to bring the cup back to American soil. Foursome, and singles matches remain. Tell me if you’ve heard this story before. That’s all we needed to do at Medinah last year was win the Sunday Singles.

Web.com Finals offer new path to PGA Tour

Now that the PGA Tour has dropped the dreaded Q School, there are new tools out there for professional golfers to get a Tour Card for the 2013-2014 season which gets underway right after the Presidents Cup. Access to employment on the PGA Tour can be a little hard to understand at times, but this article from the Columbus Dispatch will answer all of your questions about the Web.com tournaments.

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