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THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears. Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Facebook, or Linkedin. In the WNDZ studio.


It’s the week that golf fans have been waiting for. Fed Ex Cup, Playoffs and all of that.

Because it’s the long awaited return to Medinah, this should be a great week.

Besides the fact it won’t be about who wins on Sunday, it will be about enjoying golf in one of America’s top country clubs.

For the players, they will want to punch their ticket to the Tour Championship in Atlanta. For the fans it’s about going back to the Chicago area’s best place to watch golf. Period. Ever since the 2012 Ryder Cup ended, Chicago’s golf fans have wanted to know, so when is Medinah going to have another big tournament.

And that question has been answered. This week, it’s right here, right now. So do you have your tickets yet. The best 70 players on the PGA Tour are coming, are you. Don’t get left-out, be there.

Medinah was a great host for the 2012 Ryder Cup, and all those championships that came before. Golf history gets made at Medinah. Be part of it.

This Medinah Country Club is not the Medinah you saw 7 years ago. It’s different, it’s modern, but with all the charm and history it had before. The golf courses, 1, 2 and 3 are improved and better. The clubhouse is improved, other features have been added. Look around past Course #3, see what’s new. See why Medinah remains one Chicago’s flagship golf properties.

The BMW Championship drive’s off into the sunset on Sunday night. And BMW will drive off the PGA Tour as well. So who steps in to fill BMW’s shoes, that’s the big question. Because Chicago’s PGA Tour stop is heading to Olympia Fields in 2020, and hopefully staying in town come 2021 and beyond.

Michael Scimo Medinah President appeared on Golfers on Golf Radio (Am 750 WNDZ on Saturday), saying the members are excited about this week. And that the club enjoys hosting big championships. Medinah will welcome back another big championship, even if it takes another seven years.

NO CIRCUS NEEDED Tiger Woods pulled out of the Northern Trust Championhip this past week in New York, with yet another injury. And so his status is unknown for this week. Whatever decision he makes about playing this week is fine. But don’t take all week to do it. Because nobody is in the mood for days of, he might play or he might not.

Because in spite of what some misguided people think, not everybody is coming to see Woods. The new stars are here, and it’s time for them to get publicity they have earned.

THE BAER IS BACK. The Baer Nine is now completely open at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Because of the great recent weather, work is progressing nicely on the Tournament Nine. The last phase of the renovation, that should be ready to open by July of 2020. And there is now a fully renovated 18 holes open for play. I can’t wait to get out there and play, you should too. Tee-times at (847)-885-9000.

IRONS & WOODS a must visit once it opens. And the hope is that it will be open in late September, or early October. Owner Jamie Maravich’s vision for what Irons & Woods will be, is a good one. So you should follow the build-out as Irons and Woods gets closer to opening day. For those who enjoy year round golf, Irons and Woods will be for you.

IF YOU MISSED IT. Erin Hills has pushed back it’s closing date from October 15th, to October 20th.  So book tee times and over night stays now, because they will fill up quickly.

Enjoy Medinah week, the playoffs are here. I will see you there. 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.