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Medinah superintendent gets an "early jump"

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The Ryder Cup is about four months away, but Medinah Country Club is ahead of schedule thanks to cooperative weather.

"She's looking good," said Medinah director of golf course operations and head superintendent Curtis Tyrrell. "We had a wonderful fall and mild winter, which really benefited the course."

Most important, the weather allowed Tyrrell and his staff to get an early jump. Most notably, a mild March and April provided "good growing weather" for the famed course.

"Now, we're really settled in, and things are mature," Tyrrell said. "Now, it's about dialing in the finer details.

"It'll be refining things through the heart of summer."

And to take nothing for granted, Medinah also didn't open until April 24, later than other top local courses. Medinah will also limit rounds in July and August. By August, golf carts will be prohibited then close Labor Day (Sept. 3).

Rory Sabbatini embraces changes

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Rory Sabbatini is making changes.

Several of them, from switching to Ashworth clothing to overhauling his entire swing.

With swing coach Rick Smith, Sabbatini has rebuilt his swing from the ground up over the last three months. 

He's paid a price, missing five of eight cuts. But his best finish was in his last tournament (the RBC Heritage), when he finished tied for 17th.

"It concerns you a lot," Sabbatini told the Sun-Times. "I've used the same swing my whole life. It's frustrating, and I've had my moments. But it's starting to feel more comfortable."

So what exactly was wrong?

He's won six PGA Tour events, and he's won $24 million in prize money alone during his career. But, he wasn't satisfied with his consistency off the tee, and he believed he could improve his game in many facets.

A follow up to my fitting

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Many Sun-Times readers know me for my coverage of the Bears. But, during the NFL offseason, I get to dive into one of my passions: golf. Not only as a viewer but a doer. 

A few weeks ago, I detailed my journey in replacing a five-year-old set of Cleveland clubs. I tried out a bunch of different clubs, from a number of manufacturers, then I picked one: Taylor Made's RocketBallz, with steel shafts.

Click here for the original column. 

Since then, I've received a lot of emails asking for more information and asking me how the clubs are working out for me. 

Well, the 3 wood is doing better than 17 yards it's advertising. I am consistently getting more than 20 yards out of it. As for the irons, I am getting one more club, meaning my eight is now traveling the distance of my Cleveland seven. 

As I said, a fitting is essential, and I got mine at Golf Galaxy, when they were having a special. But, you can go to any number of places, or wait for one of the manufacturer's "Fitting trucks" to come to a club -- or store -- near you.

Tom Fisher, who runs Taylor Made's Performance Labs, noted that a golfer should consider new clubs if they're more than two years old. And keep in mind, that not all fitters are created equal. 

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