McDonald Golf Park

The pond on the back nine at MacDonald Golf Park in Wichita (Photo by Grant Meech / September 4, 2012)

What a season it has been for Rory McIlory.

The Northern Irishman has been on vacation all over Europe, jetsetting around with tennis star and girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. Oh yeah, and he won three times on the PGA Tour, his last coming Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston.

McIlory battled head to head and held off Tiger Woods to win the second leg of the Fedex Cup playoffs, and jump into first place in the standings. If Tiger was the first wave of new golfers to turn the game, Rory is the second coming.

Only 23 years old, he is a two-time major champion (both wins coming in blowout fashion) and on top of the Fedex Cup standings (not to mention the European Money list). Things are pretty sweet for McIlroy. 

He shot for rounds in the 60's and battled Louis Oosthuizen on the back nine today - too bad this didn't happen in June instead of September. But for the Fedex Cup playoffs, this was pure gold today. Only thing that would have made it better was if he battled Tiger for the crown.

Tiger still gets a ton of headlines but McIlroy is beginning to steal them. Crowds love him, the media loves and best of all he can back it all up with his game. This was his third PGA Tour win this season - tied with you know who in 2012.

He was a force in the Ryder Cup two years ago in Wales, and he will be an absolute bear when it comes to the States at the end of the month.

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Davis Love III will pick his four Captain's picks Tuesday afternoon to complete the 12-member American Ryder Cup team.

Of the seven "wild cards" out there, only four get in. If you were a betting man, put your money on Brandt Snedecker, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson. Here's why.

Snedecker is red hot right now, posting back to back top-10's in the Fedex Cup and he is only going to get hotter with two more events before they start up.

Furyk is the guy you always want in match play formats and best ball. He went undefeated in last year's President's Cup and he is the best partner to place with Tiger. They get each other, and Love III needs a good Tiger this year.

Stricker is the veteran to calm down the young guns out there. He is consistently straight and long and will be a good putter come clutch time.

Finally, Johnson is the dude. He brings moxy to the team and a swagger they need playing at home. Plus he is stupid long and just blasts it past his playing partner. Oh and he also posted back to back top-10's along with Snedecker.

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Played MacDonald Golf Park the other day on the east side of Wichita - and man, that's a great course. The history behind it is even more so when you learn that it was once Wichita Country Club.

Look down the fairway on the first hole and the course design is amazing. You realize quickly this is no municipal track.

It's second on my list of the GWGA course behind Auburn Hills - I can never figure out the third and 11th holes - but MacDonald is great. It's old, it's mature, it's old fashioned tee to green style of golf. But the course right now isn't in the best shape.

The ponds are green, the rough is thin and the greens have patches of dead grass (but what courses don't have that this summer?). I would love to see the GWGA course in better shape but alas. I know they are hurting for players, and I would ask that they let us play nine holes in the morning. If you don't know - the only rounds before 2 p.m. are 18 holes only. It's hard to get a full 18 in in the morning, but also, why the limiting of play? If I want to play just nine in the morning or at noon, why can't I? The computers are locked that way - can't even charge for nine holes before 2 p.m. It's odd but if they changed it, I think play would go up among golfers.