FORE! The Ryder Cup Tees Up Giant Golf Balls Along Chicago's Mag Mile.

FORE! The Ryder Cup Tees Up Giant Golf Balls Along Chicago's Mag Mile.
American Idol's Haley Reinhart signs a Tartan Art Golf Ball.

CHICAGO, Tuesday, September 11, 2012. It seems, the Ryder Cup, coming to Chicago’s Medinah Country Club September 25 (through the 30th) is bringing more in its grips than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

With the bigger than life Marilyn sculpture leaving town, Chicago’s Mag Mag needed another “Magnificent Moment.”  Then someone on the ball from the Ryder Cup came to the rescue…with the perfect anecdote…Tartan Art on the Avenue.

The public outdoor art exhibit, Tartan Art on the Avenue, opening this Thursday (through October 10), will feature more than 50 five-foot-tall golf balls, painted and embellished by artists from the School of the Art Institute, Columbia College and the Chicago Artists Coalition, displayed along North Michigan Avenue and other Chicago area locations.

The exhibit celebrates the arrival of the famed Ryder Cup tournament in Chicagoland and raises funds for two local charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) and the Illinois PGA Foundation. Tartan Art on the Avenue is part of the Magnificent Moments campaign, the officially sanctioned charitable fundraising campaign of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf event that was first held in 1927. The game is played between teams of golfers from the U.S. and and Europe. The tournament is named for British seed merchant Samuel Ryder. Tartan Art on the Avenue will be on display starting Thursday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

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