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FedEx Cup: Pros unhappy with Cog Hill

Pleased to still be in with a shot at the US$10 million prize? Of course. Happy to have made it into the top 70 of the Fed Ex rankings? No question. But happy to be at the Cog Hill course, the venue for the penultimate leg of the playoffs?  Not so much.

A 2008 redesign of Cog Hill, the public course south of Chicago, was undertaken in an effort to land the U.S. Open.

The greens were raised, bunkers deepened and course lengthened. They didn’t get the U.S. Open and the BMW Championship will likely be played here for the last time.

All they did receive was a backlash from the Pros on the tours.

"They need to get their money back, I guess," said Steve Sticker, who won at the old Cog Hill in 1996."It's too bad what happened here."

"I know we all wish it had turned out differently," Phil Mickelson said. "But there was a lot of other guys to choose from that probably could do the job, and maybe if they just start over, it could turn into something special."

"But tee to green and the property, it's got really great potential," he added. "I'd love to see Gil Hanse or a Crenshaw-Coore or Kyle Phillips or David Kidd - or guys that really know what they're doing - come in and create something special here because I think that's what the family and this facility deserves."

The BMW Championship, which starts today, is the third FedEx Cup playoff event for the 70 remaining players.

The top 30 in the standings after this week advance to the Tour Championship with a shot at the $10 million prize.

Winner on the TPC Boston, Webb Simpson is No. 1 in the standings followed by Dustin Johnson, who won the Barclays and is the defending champion at the BMW Championship.

The next three are Matt Kuchar, world No. 1 Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker.

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