MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB IN ROMEOVILLE is one of the Chicago Area’s top public golf facilities, go play Mistwood by calling (815)-254-3333 or online Mistwoodgc.com. ISLAND RESORT AND CASINO in Harris Michigan (UP), has opened a brand new golf course called Sage Run, by Paul Albanese with some incredible elevation changes. A great compliment to it’s first course Sweetgrass. Islandresortandcasino.com for details. _____________________________________________________________________
I’m finally wrapping up this column. It started at Wrigley Field last Sunday night, continued at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris Michigan, and now the final touches in my hotel located in Green Bay Wisconsin after my first night at Lambeau Field. It’s been a long week.
BROOKS IS THE MAN and the new face of golf, and major championship golf. What’s sad is that he is still not getting the credit he deserves for winning three of the last six major championships he has played in. He missed the Masters this year while recovering from a wrist injury, or maybe he would have won yet another major. One thing is for sure, Koepka won’t be flying under the radar anymore at majors.
The post championship hoopla, is all about Tiger Woods, and the fact he snuck in for second place. Okay, remember the old adage about “nobody remembers who finished second”. Yep, lets keep it that way. Woods hasn’t won ANYTHING in years, and the silly hype about him is already getting out of control. It will be sad if golf goes down that path again. No sport is all about one player, it never will be.
THE PGA now moves to May starting next year, so Koepka will only be the champion for nine months. I was never for the move that in some ways messes up the schedule fr the year, and wraps up the major in the USA, by Mid-June. It eliminates many great markets from having a PGA Championship in future. Hopefully the schedule changes at some point again and the championship can return to August.
THE RYDER CUP TEAM for Paris this fall is coming together, eight players earned their way on the team. Four more will be captains picks, who should Jim Furyk pick. Will Furyk get pressured to picked Tiger by the PGA, or TV. Let’s hope not. In fact Furyk should take a pass on Phil Mickelson too. Woods has career losing record in the Ryder Cup, and the last team he played on, there was issues about who would play with him, one story said none of the other team members wanted to, and there could be some truth to that. Woods killed Team USA at Medinah with his 0-3-1 record. In fact since the 2002 Ryder Cup, the USA is 2-0 when Woods doesn’t play, and 0-5 when he does.
The week ahead has me heading up to the UP. The upper Peninsula of Michigan to see the new Sage Run Golf Course by Paul Albanese, part of the Island Resort and Casino. I’ll play a few others and check-in later in the week.
IF YOU MISSED our story from last Sunday. Royal Melbourne in Long Grove that is operated by KemperSports management was awarded the 117th Women’s Western Amateur by the WGA-WWGA, congrats to them. Here is hoping they have a great week for the championship.
IN TODAY’S CHICAGO TRIBUNE a good read by columnist Eric Zorn on some future planning idea’s for the Jackson Park Golf Course, who could be involved and who should get tossed.
The Gog Blog will be back all weekend long. RS