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BY: RORY SPEARS Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on FB, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

There is already a lot going on in the world of golf this week. Where to start ?

Okay I will make it the first tee box, how about that. First up congrats to long time golf writer Tim Rosaforte on breaking the story last night about Davis Love III getting named again as captain of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

The official word comes from the PGA of America next Tuesday on the 24th. When the PGA learned of Rosaforte’s comments, they quickly responded with a no comment. That means Roseforte nailed it right down the middle in breaking the story.

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The Hazeltine Ryder Cup logo ball

It didn’t take long for the debate to start on whether bringing Love back was the right choice.

Love pretty much did all the right things until Sunday, when his team got outputted by the Europeans in a record comeback. if Love made any mistake it was not putting out Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on Saturday afternoon. Had those players who were rolling through the first three sessions gone out Saturday afternoon and earned a point, the Sunday results would not have mattered. After the defeat on Sunday Love might have been a little, Oh Well no big deal in the post matches press conferences. Love was like, Oh well, a few putts didn’t fall for us that fell for them and a few matches flipped late. Better luck next time.

With the current status of Team USA in the Ryder Cup matches, Love will need better this luck this time around. If he loses again, I would expect to see Paul Azinger in 2018 oversea’s. Fred Couples is another name we keep hearing, but Freddie should stay with his laid back style at the Presidents Cup, where the atmosphere is just that, laid back. I would hope Love III would make Minnesota native Tom Lehman one of his assistant captains.

BRANDT SNEDEKER, is he back ? Another win for him at Pebble Beach and Sneedeker as Tom Watson would say, looks healthy for the first time in a while. Plus his new $20 dollar driver seems to be working well. Then again the time he spent with Butch Harmon didn’t seem to hurt either. Here is Snedeker’s post tourney presser at Pebble Beach. Maybe Snedeker, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy have become the Augusta National front runners for a green jacket in 2 months.

TWO GUYS who are not front runners for the winners circle, are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Woods has stepped away from the game again for a period of time, and only he knows when he will return. There are so many issues with Woods now, it will take him some time to sort it all out. But do expect to see him at Augusta. Mickelson isn’t hitting the ball bad, but needs to make some putts. Butch and the short game guru’s need to check him out.

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Illinois Big Ten Match Play Champions again, photo courtesy of Illinois golf and sports department.

Just win baby ! That’s what the men’s Illinois Golf Team is doing. Coach Mike Small has the team rolling and the entire team is taking turns stepping up when called upon.

The Illini defeated Purdue, Maryland and Michigan in route to the title. This win will help Illinois stay No.1 in the NCAA ranking for a while longer. Let’s hope Illinois is still No.1 in late May.

Freshman Dylan Meyer scored the title clinching point against the Wolverines, as the Illini won the title for the second time in three years. Northwestern ended up finishing in 5th place.

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The Merry Mex

Lee Trevino will appear at the Chicago Golf Show in Rosemont, on Saturday Feb. 28th. He will be on the main stage with his friend David Graham at 11 AM and at 2 PM.

The Chicago Golf Show Runs Feb. 27-28 and March 1st.Visit for ticket prices and more information.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow after a tour of the new Mistwood clubhouse and the MCQ’s golf some in Bolingbrook, where more renovations are taking place. RS.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.