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Medinah Country Club's Course 3 will be the site of next month's Ryder Cup competition
Medinah Country Club's No. 3 course is a reflection of the brawny, hard-working reputation built by Chicago and the Midwest.
It plays to a distance of 7,657 yards from the tips and will have four par-fours over 450 yards (including one over 500) when it hosts the Ryder Cup in late September.
Medinah has hosted three U.S. Opens, the last coming in 1990 when Hale Irwin outdueled Mike Donald in a playoff. Irwin, then 45 years old, sank a 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to take the clubhouse lead. He proceeded to do a lap around the green, giving high-fives to spectators. Donald, playing a few groups behind Irwin was able to finish in a tie.
The two entered into the traditional 18-hole playoff, but were remained tied after at 74. They went to an extra hole, and Irwin made birdie to win.
It's been 22 years since that Open, a sign the event has gotten too big physically for the site—or it's been forgotten by the USGA.