Be a Tiger
The best golfers in the world meet at this week's PGA Championship
at the Medinah Country Club
, about 28 miles north-west of the city of Chicago. I will be there later for the practice day. The Medinah course (guide to each hole courtesy of The Guardian here
) was constructed in the 1920's and hosted the 1999 PGA title, won by Tiger Woods and has also been chosen as the venue for the 2012 Ryder Cup.
For many years before I came to the States I used to attend The Open and I loved practice day because you can get much closer to the players and it's not as manic as later in the week. Lets face it, the final day is best watched at home with a cold beer in front of the box and not behind a load of blokes fighting to see a ball in mid-air. Camera's are also allowed at practice and like everyone and his dog I'll be hoping to catch a glimpse of Tiger, although it is well known that he likes to get out on the course before 7am.Making all the news yesterday
was the pairing of Tiger Woods and defending champion Phil Mickelson. Joining them on the first tee will be Australia's Geoff Ogilvy, pitting the winners of the first three majors of the season against each other for the first 36 holes.
I of course will be hoping one of the 48 Europeans can win the Championship for the first time in it's 76 year history. Sadly that number will not include Darren Clarke, whose 39-year old wife died on Sunday
after a long battle with breast cancer.