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    Still off season mode until Sunday, right? Here are some pictures I took at the BMW practice round at Cherry Hills yesterday.

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    This Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a practice round for the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver - the first PGA tour event in the Denver area since the International at nearby Castle Pines closed shop in 2006.&nbsp; Cherry Hills is a storied course that has hosted three US Opens, including the 1960 US Open - considered by golf historians one of the greatest tournaments ever.&nbsp; That championship featured Arnold Palmer coming back from seven strokes behind on the final day to win, edging out golf legend Ben Hogan and a young Jack Nicklaus.<br />
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    Arnold Palmer's 1960 victory is still remembered fondly around the course, including this plaque at tee box #1.&nbsp; Palmer was to drive the green and make a birdie on this 345 yard par 4 hole.&nbsp; Could today's golfers perform the same feat?<br />
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    We were fortunate to find a viewing balcony immediately behind the first tee.&nbsp; The format this day was a "pro-am", with a PGA tour pro playing 18 holes with three amateur partners.&nbsp; The amateurs paid $12,000 each for this privilege!&nbsp; Here PGA Pro Henrik Stenson meets his playing companions.<br />
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    What I liked best about our position behind the first tee was how close we could get to each golfer - we had an unobstructed view.<br />
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    The best drive we saw this day was from Sergio Garcia, who hit a powerful shot to the green, 345 yards away.&nbsp; "Best shot of the day," said a Cherry Hills official monitoring the first tee.<br />
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    Sergio's Spanish heritage was evident from his choice of golf club covers on his bag!</div>
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    The highlight of the day was the opportunity to follow the number one golfer in the World around the course for a few holes - Ireland's Rory Mcilroy!</div>
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    &nbsp;We could get very close to Rory during his round.&nbsp; Though small in stature compared to some of the other players we saw, no one can hit a golf ball farther than Rory.</div>
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    It was fun to see Rory's long tee shots from behind.</div>
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    I also enjoyed seeing some of the legendary holes at Cherry Hills.&nbsp; Here is the island green on hole 17.&nbsp; Ben Hogan hit into the water on this hole ending his hopes of winning the 1960 Open.</div>
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    I hope the BMW Tournament will lead to the PGA Tour returning to the Denver area for future tournaments.&nbsp; I have a feeling Cherry Hills will host another US Open or PGA Championship some day, now that the course has been modified for today's big hitters.&nbsp;&nbsp; </div>
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