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RYDER CUP


Davis Love III is one of the best and most-respected players of his generation.


The 2012 Ryder Cup September 27-30 Medinah Country Club (No.3) (Par 72/7,154 yards) Medinah, IL Watch on ESPN/NBC


■ The Europeans are captained by Spain’s José María Olazábal, who will almost certainly invoke the spirit of his friend, often teammate and fellow countryman, Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011 and was, it is safe to say, the Patron Saint of the European Ryder Cup team. May the Force be with them.


■ The American side is captained by Davis Love III, one of the best and most- respected players of his generation. That the PGA of America picked him as captain was a no-brainer. He has won 20 times on the PGA TOUR, most importantly the 1997 PGA Championship. That his late father, Davis Love Jr., was one of the game’s most esteemed teaching


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« THE EUROPEANS HAVE WON EIGHT TIMES SINCE 1979, WHEN THE ORIGINAL GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND TEAM WAS EXPANDED. »


professionals only makes young Davis’s appointment all the more fitting.


■ The Matches are being played in Chicago. To say that her sports fans are passionate is like noting that the Pope is Catholic. By the time everything is said and done, they will likely be quoting their most-beloved Cubbie, Ernie Banks: “Let’s play two.”


All of this brings us to Medinah, a club that sometimes—and inexplicably—gets lost in the shuffle of the country’s great championship tests given golf’s historic love affairs with its assorted Winged Foots, Merions, Baltusrols, Shinnecocks, Oak Hills, Oakland Hills, etc. In fact, Medinah’s members can be very proud of the three Tom Bendelow courses (people in Chicago tend to think big in matters


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