THE GOG BLOG’S MID-WEEK SHORT GAME NEWS UPDATE

¬†WILSON GOLF STAFF PLAYER KEVIN STREELMAN shows off the Driver vs Driver 2 hat in advance of the Wilson Golf Reality Golf program, that will be airing on The Golf Channel, starting on October 2nd, other segments will air on Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 and 13. IT’S RYDER CUP WEEK go Team USA, bring the Cup back home from France _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook, Linkedin and now Instagram. In the broadcast booth at the 2016 Ryder Cup at HNGC.

IT’S RYDER CUP WEEK and the USA is looking to win on foreign soil for the first time in over 20 years. The matches start on Friday, and conclude on Sunday. TV times will start just past midnight, due to the time change from the USA to the Paris France area.

Some odds makers say the USA is the favorites this year, but Europe on it’s home turf is always tough to beat. Since the USA heads over in possession of the Ryder Cup, they will only need 14 points from the matches to retain the cup. Team Europe will need 14 1/2 points of the 28 points that are available, to claim the cup back to Europe. More on the Ryder Cup as the week continues here on the site.

The Ryder Cup now for sale in the Ryder Cup Store in Kohler Wisconsin, by the Inn on Woodlake.

ARE YOU READY FOR 20. Yes the Ryder Cup returns to the United States in 2020, and Haven/Kohler Wisconsin will be the hosts, as the Ryder Cup matches will be held on the Whistling Straits golf links part of the Kohler and the American Club resort.

Whistling Straits has already hosted the PGA Championship in 2004, 2010, and in 2015. It hosted the U.S. Senior Open back in 2007, and other events over the years during it’s 20 years.

Right now Kohler is offering a special 72 hour sale, if you book an upcoming visit by 5 PM this Friday, from the dates ahead of October 7, through January 31st, you can receive special rates on that visit, that include stays at the American Club, Inn on Woodlake, Blackwolf Run, Whistling Straits and the famed Kohler Waters Spa. Call (877)-257-4349 to make your reservations today. Visit Destinationkohler.com for information on this anniversary season in Kohler.

The Par 3, 11th hole on Pinehurst #4, recently redone by Gil Hanse, now open for play. See Pinehurst.com

IT’S OPEN FOR PLAY, Pinehurst #4 that has been recently renovated by architect Gil Hanse is now open for play. The course did get a little wet during the recent hurricane, but is in stellar condition and ready to go.

In some ways #4 is almost being called a new golf course, since the project is more that just a renovation or restoration. The look that Hanse installed is something that looks more like course #2 than some of the other designs in the resorts list of courses.

The USGA has already selected the golf course to be the second course for the 2019 U.S. Amateur that will be played at Pinehurst next August. More exciting news from Pinehurst is that new Pinehurst Brewery will be opening shortly. Details at the home of American Golf, Pinehurst.com.

DUSTIN JOHNSON at the Groundbreaking of his new Academy in Myrtle Beach SC. earlier this year.

PGA Tour star and USA Ryder Cup Team member Dustin Johnson, along with other celebrities are helping raise money for the Myrtle Beach area, that was affected by Hurricane Florence.

Music stars Hootie and Blowfish, NASCAR Champion Denny Hamlin, and the PGA Tour Superstores are also working to help the area’s victims.

On the golf scene in Myrtle Beach, at least 45 courses have now been open for a week, another 24 were reopened last weekend, with more courses having reopened this week. A vast majority of all courses in the Myrtle Beach area, are now open for play and welcoming back the golfers. Details at PlayGolfMrytleBeach.com.

The news thread will continue next week. 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.