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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Olympia Fields and this weeks KPMG Championship, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

IT’S here. KPMG/PGA/LPGA Championship week at Olympia Fields is on the tee.

Several golf greats started the week with skills competition on the 8th hole of the South Course at host club Olympia Fields.

KPMG Ambassadors Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis, along with defending champion Brooke Henderson, and star Lydia Ko.

A great afternoon was had by all, as this week of major championship golf, and a seminar for the benefit of women got underway. After the competition both Henderson and Mickelson spoke with the media.

Click here to hear interviews with KPMG defending champion Brooke Henderson (1st) and then Phil Mickelson.

Olympia Fields, IL – June 26: Mike Greenberg speaks with Phil Mickelson, Brooke Henderson of Canada, Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Stacy Lewis of the United States during a Skills Demonstration at the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship held at Olympia Fields Country Club on June 26, 2017 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

This week at 150 of the top female professionals will descend on the Olympia Fields Country Club for the 2017 KPMG PGA Championship.

In 2018 the championship will remain in the Chicago area when it moves north to the Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer in north suburban Lake County.

In addition to Henderson, Lewis and Ko, other top players in the field do include. Na, Yeon Choi of Korea, Paul Creamer, Charley Hull, Christie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Belen Mozo of Spain, Gerina Piller, Morgan Pressel, and Lexi Thompson.

Tickets are on sale on line or at Olympia Fields Country Club. Round 1 is Thursday with the final round wrapping up on Sunday afternoon. There is television coverage all four days with Thursday and Friday on The Golf Channel, and on the weekend on NBC.

The Gog Blog returns with a full review of the KPMG Championship on Wednesday.

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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.