Chicago Bears: Rivalry Cup

Bears, Packers tee it up for Rivalry Cup

June, 18, 2012
MEDINAH, Ill. -- When it comes to being America’s guest on a golf course, Mike Ditka probably only rivals Michael Jordan. So when he talks up Medinah Country Club, the host of the 2012 Ryder Cup, you tend to believe him.

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Jon Greenberg/ESPNChicago.comMike Ditka was one of the Bears to compete in the "Rivalry Cup" against the Packers at Medinah Country Club on Monday.
“First of all, I don’t think there’s a better pure test of golf than Medinah,” Ditka said. “I know what Olympic did to them [in the U.S. Open], but you don’t have to trick this course up. You don’t have to do anything to it. All you have to do is put the tees back and put the pins in the greens far back. If they can break par here, God bless them.”

Ditka said he was asked to make an honorary appearance at the Ryder Cup this September, but he’s a little embarrassed about the state of his golf game, which is best described now as “fast.”

“They asked me to do an honorary thing and hit the balls with the captains,” he said. “I don’t know if I decided to do it, to be honest with you. I might hit the ball so far they’d never find it.”

But Ditka was happy to be at Medinah for the inaugural “Rivalry Cup” golf matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers on Monday afternoon. No one’s arms had to be twisted for this event, which the Bears won, 10-2.

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