Tag Archives: Cog Hill

Sep
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Though Justin Rose’s two-shot victory at the BMW Championship was perhaps career-defining, there were a fair number of storylines that may have overshadowed it a bit. As I’ve mentioned, there was a lot more riding on the results of the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs than a paycheck — entry into the Tour Championship, which basically sets players up for the following year, and the Presidents Cup.

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Sep
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Rose: Let's do the boogie

Playing in tough, wet conditions at Cog Hill, Justin Rose shot an even-par 71 to close a wire-to-wire victory at the BMW Championship. Rose, who admitted to feeling frustrated at times this season, started the week outside the top 30 in FedExCup points and needed a solid finish to earn a trip to the fourth and final leg of the playoffs, the Tour Championship, along with other perks, such as automatic spots in the Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open.

And he certainly came through in the clutch. Now, he’s No. 3 in points, putting him in excellent position to win the $10 million payout.

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Sep
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Spiderman just misses the fourth leg!

After missing a four-footer to save par on 18 and before signing his scorecard at Cog Hill, Camilo Villegas headed straight for the computer to check his position. When he saw he was projected just outside the top 30, he pounded his fist down on the table.

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Sep
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Ugh, another one of these exasperating bunkers!

Hello from Cog Hill! This is my first time at the tournament, but it made a great impression right away — it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day when I arrived in the Chicago area Tuesday. You know, 75-80 degrees, clear skies, no humidity. Then I pulled up to the golf course and, to my delight, discovered media parking was conveniently located near the clubhouse (which has become a major factor when assessing “WUP’s favorite tour stops.” Just kidding…kinda). Two for two so far!

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Sep
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

#$*&(*)(!%&

With Phil Mickelson’s well-documented criticism of course architect Rees Jones, we knew Lefty probably wouldn’t pass at the chance to take a(nother) dig at Cog Hill, the venue for this week’s BMW Championship which was renovated by Jones in 2008. Pretty mild — well, relatively compared to his comments on Atlanta Athletic Club at last month’s PGA Championship. Here it comes…

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Sep
11
2010

Yeah, I’m just kidding. I don’t blame you if you watch football and not a second of golf tomorrow.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are paired together in the final round of the BMW Championship. The world’s number one and two players tee off at 11:56am EST. They both managed to play mediocre golf (for them, anyway) and are even-par for the tournament, eight shots behind leader Ryan Moore.

Get ready for nonstop coverage on NBC of Tiger and Phil matching bogeys fantastic golf shots. Regardless of how they play, it goes without saying that we’ll be seeing every stroke they take, even if they’re both way over par and taking terrible swings. That said, I might even tune in to watch. If I were at the tournament, no doubt I’d follow this group, but it’s a little different to watch on TV than in person.

This is the 25th time Tiger and Phil have been paired together with the last being the final round of the 2009 Masters. With Tiger needing an estimated top-five finish to advance to the Tour Championship, this is probably the last we’ll see of him until the Ryder Cup in Wales Oct 1-3. But what’s more significant is that 2010 will be the first time in his career that he’s had a winless season.

[Photos by Kyle Auclair/insidetheropes.com]

Sep
11
2010

Ryan Moore crosses his arms in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship

The small, tight-knit group of Team Moore jokes that Ryan Moore moves on Saturday (otherwise known as “moving day”), but it’s usually the wrong direction. Even his stats reveal his third round scoring average is almost a stroke higher than the other three.

His girlfriend Serena Solomon makes cracks that he has a complex with Saturdays because he’s never played very well in the third round. If Moore is grumpy on Saturday evenings due to a poor round, she’ll remind him that he had a bad one at the 2009 Wyndham Championship, where he came back on Sunday to win.

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Sep
10
2010
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Retief Goosen gestures at Cog Hill in the second round of the BMW Championship

When Stewart Cink sounds off, your ears tend to perk up because it doesn’t happen very often and he’s usually got a point. “I am going to echo what Zach Johnson told me,” Cink said after his round on Friday, “that on a scale of 1 to 10, this course is a minus-3.”

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