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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At Conway Farms home of the BMW Championship.

BREAKING NEWS: Jim Furyk withdraws after 6 holes with a left wrist injury.

Lefty Phil Mickelson was at his best on Wednesday, and took home the honor of signing a lot of autographs post round, and maybe more than any other player. You have to love players not afraid to stay with the fans and not run away.

There is no secret that Mickelson will need a top finish this week, if he is to move on to the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.

Mickelson had great things to say about Conway Farms, and doesn’t think scores will be in the very low 60’s.

Click here to hear Phil Mickelson’s press conference prior to the start of the BMW Championship. Tickets at


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Logo5_bwlinearwordmarklores The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Covering the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

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Rory McIlroy tells the Gog Blog he is ready to win again, and this week at the BMW Championship. With Wanamaker Trophy and Claret Jug.

Rory McIlroy had to race to get into this weeks BMW Championship. Those private jets coming out of the Bahama’s, can’t always get to Lake Forest when you want them to.

McIlroy rolled into another Chicago course, this time Conway Farms, about as late as he was for his time tee at Medinah at the Ryder Cup.

But the PGA Tour backed up his pro-am tee time 2 hours, and his press conference about 8 hours, and at the end of the day all was well.

McIlroy admits all is well enough with his ankle to golf at 100%, but overall it’s not quite 100% yet, but it’s getting there. As for picking him to win this week, why not he thinks he is ready to win again. But some other top players might have something to say about that.

Click here to hear the interview with Rory McIlroy as he gets ready for the BMW Championship.

Tickets for the BMWChampionship at or buy at the front entrance to the championship.


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Logo5_bwlinearwordmarklores The BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. Tickets at All the best players in the world are here, come see them play and support the Evans Scholars.

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Reporting from Conway Farms all week long.

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Rickie Fowler is ready to win again, this time in the BMW Championship.

Rickie Fowler comes into the BMW Championship, rested after a week off and with a game that’s locked in after winning in Boston.

He can basically wrap up being the Fed Ex Cup champion with a win this week, and avoid being down around #30 of 30 next week in Atlanta.

For the first time he will be paired with both Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day as the power group of this weeks BMW Championship.

Fowler is not new to Conway Farms, as a junior golfer, he played the Canon Cup here as part of a AJGA event.

I spite of being on a roll, he says he didn’t mind having a week off last week. Fowler says Conway Farms is in great shape, and staying out of the rough will be a big help.

Click here to hear Rickie Fowlers Pre-tournament press conference at the BMW Championship.

For tickets see


PrintlinksandteeslogoNew_GRAA_Logo DS   The Award Winning Links & Tee’s Golf Facility located at 880 West Lake Avenue in Addison is one of the few Chicagoland area year-round golf complexes. In the summer play and practice outside, in the winter take your game into one of the best golf domes in the area. For more information,, or call (630)-233-7275.                    _____________________________________________________________________

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PGA Tour PR Rep Doug Milne (L) with Jordan Spieth (R) at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms.

Jordan Spieth was the third player in the interview room today at Conway Farms.

Jason Day and Jerry Kelly were the first two players in. But when the week is over, Spieth doesn’t plan to be #3, he says he is ready to go and his game is in a good place.

When asked about equipment changes that might have led to him missing the cut in the first two Fed Ex Cup events of the series, Spieth said his equipment is not a problem, he just had a couple of bad weeks. Something he does not expect this week, as he tried to get some Fed Ex Cup points that he says he needs.

Click here to here most of Jordan Spieth’s Pre-BMW Championship press conference.

For tickets see first round play begins at 11:20 on Thursday. Pro-Am tomorrow with Bill Murray in the field. Should be fun.


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2013 BMW Championship Champion at Conway Farms Zach Johnson with all the trophies at Wrigley Field.

It’s BMW Championship week at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, 2013 Champion at Conway Farms Zach Johnson returns, along with Jim Furyk who shot 59 in round 2 of the 2013 championship.

Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and more make up this weeks field and it is a good one.

Starting the week in press tent with preview interviews was 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler/Haven was Australian Jason Day.

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PGA Tour media Rep Doug Milne (L) and Jason Day (R) in the media center.

Day who has four wins this year, including one major and most recently the Barclay’s, has a chance to be the #1 player in the world with a win this week, talked about that chance and more.

Day got his first chance to make a splash on the PGA Tour years ago, when he received a sponsors exemption from Clair Peterson at the John Deere Classic.

Day has certainly made the most of that exemption and more, he will be a player to watch this week at the BMW Championship.

Click here to hear Jason Day’s press conference at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. For tickets see First round action starts on Thursday at 11:20 AM.


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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 18th hole at Conway Farms, home of this weeks BMW Championship.

The PGA Tour in back in the Chicago area, after two years the BMW has finally driven back into Lake Forest at Conway Farms.

In 2013 Zach Johnson overcame the pace Jim Furyk set in Round 2 with his round of 59,  with a final round rally to win the title.

Who will win the title in 2015, that question will be answered this coming Sunday, unless the championship is required to finish on Monday like it did in 2013.

For this year there are some changes to the golf course, for both the players and the spectators.

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Zach Johnson at Wrigley Field, with the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs Trophy, the BMW Championship Trophy, the JK Wadley Trophy, and the Claret Jug won by Johnson at the 2015 British Open.

Seating on the 18th green has been doubled for general admission spectators, and additional viewing area’s have been created on holes 1,2,7,9,10,17 and the 18th tee. Wider walkways have been created as well.

The BMW Owners Pavilion has been expanded, at it’s location between the 16th greens and the 17th tee box.

Right next to the Conway Farms clubhouse will be the popular Biergarten, that has doubled in size for 2015. There will be more food and beverage options than in 2013.

Parking and transportation to and from the golf course have been improved. The golf course has been improved with new greens and practice areas. The merchandise tent will be larger with a bigger selection this year as well. This year attendance has been capped at 27,000 fans per day to improve the overall experience.

TICKETS visit there are different options, such as daily or weekly.

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The Par 5, 15th hole at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

The members of the Kemper Lakes Golf Club, have made a pledge of $2,500 for eagles made by the PGA Tour Players during the BMW Championship, with money going to the Evans Scholar Foundation.

The pledge is for up to 20 eagles, with the top donation being $50,000. the drive was organized by WGA Director, Evan Scholar Alum and Kemper Lakes Tournament Chairman Augie Tonne.

The club was quick to get behind the campaign, when Kemper Lakes caddie Thomas Broders of Palatine was named an Evans Scholar this year, to attend Miami University.

BILLY MURRAY and his brothers will play in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am on Wednesday, later that night the Murray brothers, Andy,Bill, Ed, Joel, and John caddies at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, will be inducted into the Golf Caddie Hall of Fame. It’s likely the brothers will visit the new “Caddyshack” that day at Conway Farms.

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST is getting involved with the BMW Championship, by starting a Welcome Back-Give Back campaign. Where ever tournament goers see these flags around town, it means those businesses are giving back part of their proceeds from all purchases to the Evans Scholars Foundation. For a full list of businesses that are participating, see

Visitors to Lake Forest can visit for details about transportation and more.

The city of Lake Forest and Conway farms are ready for the PGA Tour and the BMW Championship, are you. Tournament play and Round starts Thursday.


2015_Walker_Cup_logoDSC05187 Rory on 1st tee with Sunice typhoon jacket DSDSC04826 (1) Mt. Prospect new sign DS The Walker Cup this weekend, Team USA vs Great Britain & Ireland, see local listings for times. The new Typhoon Jacket, golf outerwear by Sunice, see The Mt. Prospect Golf Club has reopened from renovation, book your tee time today to place this 1926 golf course, that now has a classic style design to it. Call (847)-259-4200.       ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With Callaway Club Designer Roger Cleveland (L) in Cog Hill’s 2-4 Building.

If your in need of new wedges Callaway Golf has come out new line of wedges your need to try, before you buy.

Created by Senior Callaway Club Designer Roger Cleveland, the new MD3 Milled Wedges, have three grinds for every shot you will need around the golf course.

Callaway’s pitch to you says,

We’ve developed 3 unique grinds to suit the shots you hit, the courses you play and the swings you make. It’s the versatility and selection you need to get up and down from anywhere.

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Callaways 3 new wedges Top to Bottom, The W Grind Top, The C Grind Middle, The S Grind Bottom.

THE C GRIND: Designed for Full shots, pitches and flop shots. Condition Type firm, Swing/Divot Type, Sweep/Shallow Divot. Lofts available 56, 58, 60 degrees.

THE S GRIND: Shot Type All, Condition Type: Soft, medium, firm. Swing/Divot Type: All Swings/ moderate divot. Lofts available are 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 58, 60.

THE W GRIND: Shot type: Full shots, bunker shots, deep rough. Condition Type: Soft, Swing/Divot Type: Steep/larger divot. Lofts available 54, 56, 58, 60.

The wedges come in the following colors, Satin Chrome, and Mattie Black.

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The Mattie Black Finish on the new C Grind Callaway MD3 Wedge.

What type of Callaway MD3 wedge is right for you.

Follow just two easy steps in the fitting process to decide which wedges you need.

First determine the wedge set make up.

You should decide how many wedges you want to play your round with. Look at the highest lofted wedge in your set of clubs. This club could be a pitching wedge, or it could be a gap a wedge. The add wedges with loft of 4 to 6 degrees, and plan on having 10-15 yards of distance between wedges on full shots.

Second step is to, Identify the correct grind for each wedge. That is done by determining the shots a player likes to hit with each wedge, with an open face, or with a square face. Then determine what conditions the player will encounter on the course the most often. Then you must determine the players attack angle, by looking at the divot, or lack of it.

Click here, to hear the interview with Callaway’s senior club designer, and creator of the new MD3 Milled Wedges, Roger Cleveland.

For more information on Callaway wedges and other products, please see


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlinksandteeslogoDSC01763 Links & Tee's dome DS   The 7 time GRAA award winning Links & Tee’s, is the Chicago area’s year-Round golf facility. All summer long, play and practice outside, and come November take your game and club indoors to one of the best golf domes in Chicago. Right now you can get the play and practice all day special for $25. See or you can call (630)-233-7275 for more information, golf, mini-golf, foot golf, Links & Tee’s has it all.      _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 18th hole of Conway Farms, home of the 2015 & 2017 BMW Championship.

The BMW Championship made it official what many people had known for months already. Where the championship is going the next four years.

2016 The Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana, the championship was played there in 2012, and won by Rory McIlroy.

2017 A return to Conway Farms in Lake Forest, the site of next weeks tournament and the club served as a previous host in 2013, and was won by Zach Johnson.

2018 The Aronimink Golf Club located in Newtown Square in Pennsylvania. It will be the first time the BMW Championship drives into Pennsylvania.

2019 The Medinah Country Club in Medinah Illinois, theBMW’s first visit to Medinah, last known for hosting a very successful 2012 Ryder Cup.

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Vince Pellegrino is the WGA’s Sr. VP of Tournaments.

“Each of these storied venues enjoys a rich history of hosting top tier golf championships,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association. “We would like to thank the members at Crooked Stick, Conway Farms, Aronimink and Medinah for so warmly embracing the BMW Championship. We look forward to working with them to stage a series of world-class events.”

The BMW Championship was first played in 1899 and was conducted by the Western Golf Association. The championship was known as the Western Open through 2006, when BMW came on board as a new title sponsor. Since 2007 BMW and the championship have donated over $19.6 million dollars to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

The BMW has visited other championship venues in recent years, including Bellerive Country Club in Missouri in 2008, Cherry Hills near Denver in 2014 and Cog Hill in Lemont in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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Aronimink will host the BMW Championship in 2018.

“We recall with fondness the 2012 BMW Championship and very much look forward to the world’s top professional golfers returning to Crooked Stick in 2016,” said club president Kent Frandsen.

The club was founded in 1964 and was designed by Pete Dye. Today the course plays at 7,516 yards from the back tees.

“On behalf of the Conway Farms Golf Club members, staff, and Board of Governors, we are extremely excited and proud to again partner with the Western Golf Association, BMW and the PGA Tour to host the 2017 BMW Championship,” said club president Bruce Keith. “We are honored to host an event that contributes to the Evans Scholars Foundation and it’s mission of changing the lives of caddies through education.”

Conway Farms opened in 1991, and was built by Tom Fazio. The club recently spent $6.4 million dollars in improvements to upgrade the greens, practice area’s and the pro shop.

“We look forward to bringing a major world-class event to Aronimink,”said club president Steven Zodtner. “Our membership and the Philadelphia golf community are excited to partner with the WGA, BMW, and the PGA Tour to showcase our championship golf course and return professional golf to our region.”

The club was founded in 1896, the course has a par of 70 and was designed by famed architect Donald Ross. It plays 7,190 yards from the back tees.

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The Medinah Country Club will host the 2019 BMW Championship on it’s famed course #3.

The last the BMW Championship/ Western Openwas played at Medinah was in 1966, when Billy Casper was the winner.

“The members of Medinah Country Club are proud to add the BMW Championship to the list of iconic golf championships that have been contested at our club,” said Medinah member and WGA Director Jason Kinander. “Medinah’s No.3 will pose a formidable challenge to the best golfers in the world and provide a world-class venue for Chicagoland golf fans to the see the PGA Tour’s best in action.”

Medinah No.3 was designed in the 1920’s by famed architect Tom Bendelow, the course plays to a par of 72, and a yardage of almost 7,600 yards.

For more information on the BMW Championship, and getting tickets for next weeks championship. Please visit of


KPMG_R4-22015_Walker_Cup_logoKPMG_R4-2      The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields Coming June of 2017, the Walker Cup coming this weekend, see local times and listings, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes coming in June of 2018. The 2016 LPGA coming to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, July 19-24 in 2016.

What’s the UL Crown. Click here to hear the LPGA Promotional Video with Kraig Kann.  _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the UL International Crown Trophy at Rich Harvest Farms.

The Chicago Golf Scene will have a new look in 2016, it’s all about the women now, they are coming to town, and they are taking over.

To golfers and golf fans, especially you men, this is not a bad thing, Chicago could do worse, much worse. We could have nothing, but the women will be coming to town, and they can flat out play. Women’s golf has never been in a better place around the world, now they will soon be in a great place, Chicago.

It seems that the people who run women’s golf, realize that this nations second biggest market is there for the taking, and they are taking it, and taking over.

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Spain’s Belen Mozo (L) and Australia’s Minjee Lee (R) are ready to battle for the Crown at Rich Harvest Farms in 2016.

In men’s golf the PGA Tour doesn’t come around every year anymore, the USGA doesn’t have anything booked in the Chicago area through 2018. The PGA doesn’t have anything here for a few more years as well.

While the USGA seems to be looking for invitations for courses around the Chicago area, the PGA might be thinking ahead in awarding two, LPGA KPMG PGA championships, here in the Windy City.

In seems strange that some golf organizations continue to over-use the overloaded New York and Northeastern area courses, or the west coast in drought stricken California. Meanwhile the Midwest and the Chicago area, are a goldmine waiting to happen. The PGA is still counting all the money it made, at the best financial and profitable Ryder Cup ever, Medinah in 2012.

The question is being raised why clubs like Olympia Fields in 2017 and Kemper Lakes in 2018, would host a women’s golf event, even a major in the first place. The answer is believed to be that both courses, will get a PGA Championship down the road for doing so.

At this time, it appears that both clubs have not been promised a Men’s PGA Championship down the road. In fact there might be other steps to take, before they would get a Men’s PGA Championship.

The PGA of America loves Harbor Shores for it’s Senior PGA Championship, but they can’t play it there every year. Then as good as French Lick Resort was this year, the PGA would still like to be in a bigger market, with the potential to draw more fans than were in attendance on the Pete Dye Course at FLR.

It’s likely that both Olympia Fields and Kemper Lakes, will have to host another PGA event like a Sr. PGA and or a PPC (Professional Players Championship-The club pro championship) before the PGA Championship is on the table. Olympia Fields with two courses is a perfect PPC site, since the field is about the size of the recent U.S. Amateur. While Kemper Lakes would give some players who played in the 1989 PGA at Kemper Lakes, another shot at winning a PGA Championship in Lake County.

The PGA Cup which is another nice tournament (the club pro version of the Ryder Cup), would be a nice fit at either one of the courses.

But what can both clubs expect in hosting the ladies first. Apparently a profitable tournament.

In a letter to it’s members from the club president and board. Olympia Fields told it’s members that the interruption of play will be limited. That there would be no extra assessment to the membership, and that the tournament would break even at worst, and likely make a profit.

Olympia Fields sees that to remain relevant in the world of golf, and re-institute their relationship with the PGA of America, and gain national exposure in the recruitment of new members both local and national, publicity like this you just can’t pass up. National TV on all four days from the Golf Channel and NBC. The club says it wants to be a leader in promoting more women, to get involved playing golf.

Why does the Chicago golf market, seem to be needing a shot in the arm via women’s golf. Is it the state of politics in Illinois, that has both the population and businesses leaving in droves.

If that is playing a role, and it could be. Then Governor Bruce Rauner, Democratic majority leader Michael Madigan, and City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, had better get some skin in this skins game, to draw in the events that bring people, business and money to the Land-of-Lincoln. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin better be listening as well.

In 2016 women’s golf will make a big splash, even without the KPMG PGA events. The UL International Crown arrives first in Mid-July in Sugar Grove at Rich Harvest Farms, followed by the Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, that will finally have it’s 5 year, three phase renovation plan complete. The new clubhouse will be open, and owner Jim McWethy will be ready to showcase the entire facility, to what’s expected to be a large field.

The Woman’s Western Golf Association (WWGA) might even be ready to bring it’s national amateur championships back to Chicago, after a few years out of town.


Well Jerry Rich is hopeful that the UL International Crown will be returning in 2020 to Rich Harvest Farms, if it isn’t. Don’t be surprised to see him on the market looking for a U.S. Women’s Open or taking the new U.S. Sr. Women’s Open that tee’s off starting in 2018. Rich is already hosting the Men’s and Women’s NCAA National Championship in 2017. I expect women’s golf to have a fine future at RHF, Crown or no Crown.

It appears that a few other local clubs might be ready to take a run at a Women’s Open or Sr. Women’s Open, including the Merit Club that hosted the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 or Cog Hill.

While there are still questions looming over men’s golf tournaments in Chicago, it seems like the ladies are moving and taking over. Hey the door was “open”, and they walked through it. RS


DSC01384 jim Furyks actual 59 scorecard DSlinksandteeslogo    The Official Scorecard of Jim Furyk’s 59 in Round 2 of the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms, can Furyk do it again, come see the BMW Championship when it drives back into Conway Farms next week. See for details and ticket information. The Award Winning Links & Tee’s Golf Facility is one of Chicago’s year round golf complexes, outdoor golf and practice area’s in the summer, and then come November bring your clubs and game into the golf dome one of the best in the Chicago area, for details or call (630)-233-7275, located at 880 West Lake St. ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On Bandon Dunes Old Macdonald Golf Course.

The Gog Blog received this report regarding the Gorse fire that shut down part of the famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Labor Day Monday.

The summer has been very dry in the Bandon area, and Gorse that can be flammable caught fire on a hot day.

The fire started on the far north end of the property, just past Old Macdonald and up near the famed Sheep Ranch. The fire burned between 30 and 40 acres, and while it came close to the Old Macdonald course, it did not actually burn any part of the course.

Because of how fast the fire grew and moved at one-time, first Old Macdonald and then the Pacific Dunes golf course were evacuated as a precaution. The sprinklers were turned on at both courses, again as a precautionary move by the resort. The holes that were the most endangered on Old Macdonald, were 15-18.

Play was not stopped on the Bandon Dunes course, Bandon Trails or the Par-3 Course the Preserve.


The Par 3, Preserve Golf Course at Bandon Dunes.

Play was resumed on Pacific Dunes Tuesday morning, since the smoke that had made it to that area had dissipated. Play will resume at Old Macdonald on Wednesday.

The local fire department was alerted to a fire around 2 PM local time On Monday, and reportedly had the fire contained within 45-50 minutes.

When it was all over, there was no damage to any of the golf holes or structures at Bandon Dunes. All operations and courses will be running as normal on Wednesday. One report says the fire was started with human involvement, but not intentionally or for malicious purposes.

For more information on visiting the resort see