Ten Things Ryder Cup Fans Should Know About Medinah Country Club

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The Ryder Cup competition returns to U.S. soil soon, and the host course of this year's event is Medinah Country Club. The club has been host to plenty of major golf tournaments.

Here are 10 things golf fans should know about Medinah Country Club:

Medinah, Illinois, is a western suburb of Chicago. It is located south of Schaumburg and almost due west of O'Hare International Airport.

A group of Shriners from Chicago's Medinah Temple first created the club. The financial hardships of the Great Depression forced the club to drop the requirement that members be Shriners.

Tom Bendelow, a golf course architect from Scotland designed Medinah Country Club. The club first opened for golf in 1925. Course 3 was updated by Rees Jones in 2002.

This year's Ryder Cup will mark the first time the competition has been held at Medinah Country Club. It is also the first time since 1971 that the Ryder Cup will be contested outside the Eastern time zone in the U.S. when the event was held at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

Medinah Country Club has three golf courses. Course 3 is the track that has hosted the club's major tournaments.

Course 3 can play to a length of 7,657 yards. When it hosted the 2006 PGA Championship the course played at 7561 yards.

Scottish great Tommy Armour served as head professional at Medinah from 1933-1944. Among Armour's many wins were the 1927 U.S. Open, the 1930 PGA Championship, and the 1931 British Open.

The Western Open, a tournament long considered to be just a notch below golf's four majors was held at Medinah three times. Byron Nelson won the first Western Open at Medinah in 1939.

Three U.S. Open Championships have been played at Medinah. Cary Middlecoff won at Medinah in 1949, Lou Graham won in 1975, and Hale Irwin went 91 holes to win his third U.S. Open title in 1990.

Tiger Woods won both PGA Championships held at Medinah. Woods shot 277 to win in 1999, and he blew away the field in 2006, winning with a score of 270, 18 shots under par.

Brad Boeker has been a fan of professional golf for over 30 years. He still wishes Greg Norman could have a mulligan for the 1996 Masters.
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