Last week, the 2012 Ryder Cup took place at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, which is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, and I was lucky enough to grab a pair of tickets to the Wednesday practice round. The Ryder Cup matches took place on Medinah’s Course 3, which was designed by Tom Bendelow in the 1920’s, then updated by Rees Jones in 2003.

As you could imagine, the course is beautiful and in great condition. The course’s length is 7,657 yards, which is over 300 yards higher than the average course length on a PGA Tour stop. All of the par-3 holes are over 190 yards, including the 13th hole, which is 245 yards. Two of the par-5 holes, the 7th and the 14th, are over 600 yards. Water is most notable on three of the par-3 holes, where players have to carry their tee shot over 100 yards of water to a challenging, undulating green.

Markus joined me for the day, which mostly consisted of us fighting our way through the crowds to get pictures of the players. Markus knew a couple of the guys who were volunteering, so we got a bit of inside knowledge on where the players would be. The Europe team was playing the front nine, while later the US team was playing some of the front nine and some (or all) of the back nine. We eventually worked our way around to the tee box of the 9th hole, which turned out to be a great place to stand. From our spot, we could see the foursomes come down fairway of the par-3 8th hole, then tee off on the 9th hole. They would then later come down to the 11th hole green, which was next to the 9th hole tee box. Farther away, we could see the shared tee box for the 12th and 15th hole.

By the end of the day, I took around 250 pictures… some really good and some not so good (including a couple blurry pictures of Rory McIlroy, who was surprisingly difficult to photograph). Out of those, here’s about 100 that I picked out to show. Enjoy!
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