Wednesday, September 14
BMW Championship Moved to Wrigley Field
IN A LAST-MINUTE SURPRISE that caught virtually every player off guard except Dustin Johnson, the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, has moved from Cog Hill Golf & Country Club to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. (See video.)
Despite being ranked 89th in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the United States, Cog Hill’s Dubsdread course has been heavily criticized by PGA Tour players since a $5 million renovation overseen by famed course architect Rees Jones. Even the mild-mannered Steve Stricker was critical in recent comments made to the Daily Herald.
“The redo is not conducive to our tournament there,” Stricker said. “It was a little severe. It’s playable, but a little tricked up and goofy in spots. I feel real bad for the Jemsek family (owners of the course). They stuck a lot of money into (the renovation), and they’re great people. I liked it before, but the players just don’t like it (now). The redo isn’t good. It’s sad for the Jemsek family.”
The rash of criticism may explain the BMW Championship’s 11th hour move to Wrigley Field, where Dustin Johnson was seen practicing earlier this week. A small ball park, Wrigley will surely negate Johnson’s distance advantage, although he appeared upbeat as he belted wedges toward a giant target in left field.
In another shocker, “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks, will tee it up in the tournament despite having zero FedEx Cup points. Banks practiced alongside Johnson, who complimented the Hall of Fame shortstop on his golf swing.
No word on whether the Chicago Cubs’ weekend series with the Houston Astros will open at Cog Hill.
−The Armchair Golfer
(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)