Local Knowledge: 2010 BMW Championship
Series: Local Knowledge
This week the PGA Tour heads to Chicagoland for the third leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup - the BMW Championship at Cog Hill. We caught up with one of our favorite people in the game, Cog Hill PGA Director of Instruction Kevin Weeks, who told us, among other things, why he believes Tiger Woods will win this week. Weeks also told us there's a lot kids can learn from the Tour players and it has nothing to do with ability. PGA.com: Talk to us a little about Cog Hill. It's one of the favorite player stops on Tour. Why is that? Weeks: I think it's because Cog Hill is an old, traditional, tree-lined course. All you see is golf course. There are no homes, no anything out there and I think the players like that. PGA.com: Interestingly, Matt Kuchar is No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and returns to Cog Hill this week, the site of his U.S. Amateur win in 1997. Do you think that will bring on the good vibes? Weeks: The course has been changed so much since Matt won here in 1997. Since he played in 1997, there's been a major renovation. The green complexes are all different and so on. As far as him having good vibes, I think that's a non-event. Plus, he played in the Western Open many times after that U.S. Amateur win and never had a great showing. He's hot right now, but the course is so different I don't think it will bring back good vibes necessarily. PGA.com: Tiger Woods needs a great week in order to advance to the Tour Championship. Is there a better place than Cog Hill - a place where he's won five times in the past through all the renovations - for Tiger to turn things around? Weeks: I don't think there's a better place. I think he's going to win this week. I do. I really do. I know I'm in the minority, but if I had to pick someone this week and I was in Vegas and someone nailed me down to pick the winner, I'd have a hard time not picking Tiger. He's said in interviews before that the golf course fits his eye. I've never spoken to him personally, but from what I've read and heard, he says the course fits his eye. It's hard to argue with that based on his success here. PGA.com: Do you think it's hard on the players at all to have the quick turnaround from the Monday finish at TPC Boston to the start of the BMW Championship on Thursday? Weeks: Yes. They play two straight weeks between Barclays and Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank has a pro-am on Thursday and they finish Monday, which is typically a travel day. Then, Tuesday becomes the travel day, they play a pro-am here on Wednesday and the tournament starts Thursday. It's extremely difficult. Then there are the guys we aren't playing in the pro-am and, unless they get to the course after flying in Tuesday, might not get a chance to play the course until the first round. It's tough. Guys at that level don't usually play this much. For many of them, this is their fifth start in six weeks. It's brutal. PGA.com: Once again, congratulations on your selection as a Top 50 Kids Teacher in 2009, your third such accolade. With that in mind, what's the one thing young kids should take away from watching the PGA Tour stars and apply to their own game? Weeks: You know, that's a great question. Most of the Tour players have fun, enjoy it and understand that it's a game. A lot of the guys I work with - if they're not in the pro-am on Wednesday - are going someplace to play golf. For most of them it's the love of the game. Hopefully any young person is playing because it's a game and they're having fun with it and they're not doing it for a college scholarship or to play professionally. If they don't love it, eventually they'll get burned out. I'd tell the young kids out there to look at these Tour players and see how much they truly enjoy the game.