THE KING LIVES AT BAY HILL and he has great company, when Rory McIlroy shot lights out to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and sent the message he is ready for Augusta and to win his first green jacket, and complete his career Grand Slam. #BACK _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by Director of Content and Creation, RORY SPEARS, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or on Facebook and Linkedin. At McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook, Chicago’s Premier Golf Dome see McQsdome.com.
YOU COULD HEAR THE CHEERS rolling through Bay Hill the home of the King, Arnold Palmer all weekend long.
Maybe it was just that the Irish Kid was back in form kicking butt on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, or maybe it was because Rory McIlroy was back, and just in time to complete his career grand slam at Augusta in a couple of weeks.
McIlroy was in the 18th fairway on Saturday, when NBC color guy Johnny Miller was ripping on McIlroy for too much gym time and other things that had taken away from Rory’s string of major wins. With that stuck his iron approach shot about 18 inches from the cup. Dan Hicks for once nailed it by saying, “Johnny I think he heard you talking him about him.” While Millers mic went silent, the gallery was not, as they toasted the shot of the day in round 3. When it was over on Sunday, McIlroy was toasting with the press in the media tent and everyone else knew there is another player in the race at Augusta.
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THE FIELD OF CONTENDERS at Augusta now has an Elite 8. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and three guys that are actually WINNING this year, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, and McIlroy. Last years top two Masters finishers, defending champion Sergio Garcia with his new Callaway sticks is ready to strike again and Justin Rose, both are playing well enough to win at Augusta, and know the course well enough to do it.
One thing is for sure, the green jacket is up for grabs, and it COULD be an exciting week in Augusta Georgia.
The par 3 12th at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol, home of the Blackberry Amateur June 23-24, this year lets FILL THE FIELD #120 players wanted. Blackberryoaks.com or call (630)-553-7170
THEY ARE OPEN yes Blackberry Oaks in Bristol opened for the year in the 60 degree weather we had yesterday. GM and head professional Chad Johansen tells golfers on Golf that he had over 100 golfers to open the season.
BBO is not only a great course for us adults, but for the junior golfers as well, BBO has saying #Kidsrule, and they do all season long. Get your junior golfers enrolled in the CJGA.
DON’T FORGET the Blackberry Amateur will be played on June 23-24 this summer, and this years tournament is sponsored by both Wilson Golf and Michelob Ultra. You can sign up now at Blackberryoaks.com or call the pro shop at (630)-553-7170. Johansen has also re-released his Guide for Golf, check it out online.
WHILE SUNDAY was a great day for outside golf, the week ahead here may not be, if not get your game ready by visiting McQ’s Dome. While there are several nice indoor golf domes in the area, MCQ’s is really leading the way in what it offers. A Tip of the cap or golf visor to owner Jim McWethy, and GM Dan Bradley for getting it right. The Mistwood Golf Staff is there all winter long for lessons and fittings. In a recent video, Mistwood Director of Golf Andy Mickelson and Superintendent Ben Kelnhofer discuss course improvements for 2018, including some tree removal on a few holes.
I AM ANXIOUS to go see the new Schaumbrug Golf Clubs new range now open. GM Jon Parson and his staff have much to be proud of, even as they go through the “pardon our dust” phase of renovation, now in year two of three. SGC will have 18 holes open all times, while the other nine is closed for work.
THERE IS ANOTHER forum tonight in Lake Bluff regarding the future of it’s golf course, tell the Park District #savethegolfcourse.
LOST IN THE HOOP-LA of yesterdays big win at Bay Hill by Rory McIlroy, was the retirement after 22 years at the Golf Channel by on-air talent Kelly Tilghman. Tilghman went through a lot over the years in various roles with the network, including a suspension for a lynching comment about TW, while reporting a story about a cover on Golfweek Magazine.
I’ve had the opportunity to talk with her on several occasions at tournaments, and one day for a while on the porch of the media tent in Kohler. I found her to be very nice and wish her the best in the next chapter of her life.
YESTERDAY I posted a story on Antigua Golf Apparel, one of the great names in golf wear, and my interview with Antigua CEO Ron McPherson. If you want to look good on and off the course this summer put on some Antigua golf apparel. The story on Antigua was the last piece of my stockpile of golf features from the 2018 PGA Show in Orlando this past January. I hope you have enjoyed the variety of content from the show.
JUNIOR GOLF SEASON is starting to get going. Check out the IPGA website on it’s connection with Junior Golf, get signed up for Drive Chip and Putt, are you ready for the PGA Junior League this season ahead. Check out IJGA.com and the list of tournaments for the season ahead. Get your juniors playing golf this summer.
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