Thursday, November 3

BMW Championship To Be Played at Wrigley Field

The curse is over. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. As a tip of the cap to the Cubs, I bring you this spoof from the archives.

IN A LAST-MINUTE SURPRISE that caught virtually every player off guard except Dustin Johnson, the 2011 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.

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 rash of criticism may explain the BMW Championship's 11th hour move to Wrigley Field, where Dustin Johnson was seen practicing earlier this week. (See video.) 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.

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