RAIN HAMPERS ROUND 2 OF ILLINOIS OPEN

  THE WORK HAS STARTED on the BAER NINE of the Schaumburg Golf Club, in Phase Two of the thee year plan to fully renovate the club. 18 holes are open through the entire length of the project, call (847)-885-9000 for tee times or Schaumburggolf.com. JUSTIN THOMAS hits a tee shot on the 17th hole at Bellerive Country Club near St. Louis, see Thomas defend his title at the Centennial PGA Championship this week.        ______________________________________________________________________

 THE 69TH ILLINOIS OPEN IS UNDERWAY with final round play tomorrow at the Glen Club, with a later start due to delays from Tuesdays rain storms that hampered the area. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook and Linkedin. At the front door of the Bellerive Country Club home of this weeks Centennial PGA Championship.

UPDATED Wednesday morning. Second round play is still wrapping up, but it has allowed Vince India with a 64, and (A) David Perkins with a 66 to join early second round leaders who finished play on Tuesday Daniel Hudson, Andy Mickelson and Brian Bullington at the top of the leader board at 8 under par.

Things were sailing along in Round 2 of the Illinois Open on Tuesday afternoon, Round 1 had finished early Tuesday morning, but as a result of wrapping the first round, the final tee times for Round 2 were pushed back to 3:20 in the afternoon. That would still have allowed the round to be completed before darkness, but in the 2 o’clock hour the rain the started falling again. By 3 pm the rain fall was getting stronger and the horn was sounded to stop play at 3:08.

That horn blast came just minutes too late for leader Daniel Hudson who qualified for the Illinois Open just last week at the last qualifier that was held. Hudson of Western Springs, who played college golf at Kansas, and has been playing in Canada on the Mackenzie Tour had a three shot lead as he headed to the 18th tee at Ravina Green. The par 5 18th hole, that has a fairway about as wide as a bowling alley is a tough tee shot. Hudson lost his tee ball int he trees, and had to go back and hit a provisional ball, then as jumped in his cart and started up the fairway, the horn blasted stopping play.

Hudson like the rest of the field that was still on the golf course, then got to wait for almost four hours to play their next shot. Hudson only blamed himself for the bad tee shot on 18, that lead to a triple-bogey 8. The three shot loss put him back into a tie with Mickelson and Bullington.

Click here to hear the interview with second round co-leader Daniel Hudson.

There was much discussion among tournament officials about whether to restart play or wait until Wednesday morning. But when the sun appeared late in the 5 PM, hour the decision was made to get as much golf in as possible until darkness. As a result of the extra 75 minutes of golf, several group at both courses did finish and the players avoided having to comeback out early on Wednesday.

With 19 players within four shots of the lead headed into the final round, and greens at the Glen Club softened from the heavy rains, the Illinois Open could turn into a shootout for the title.

Right behind the leaders are Dakun Chang and Kyle Kochevar just 1 shot back, past champion David Cooke of Bolingbrook is two shots behind. Medinah professional the long hitting Travis Johns is three shots off the pace with four time champion Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small five back at 3 under par.

Our full recap of the last round will be posted after play is complete. No tee times for the delayed Round 3 have ye been announced the IPGA.

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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.