Baker didn't begin playing golf until after college. A nine-year stint in Orlando, Fla., during which he covered PGA Tour events at Bay Hill and Disney World, piqued his interest.
He has not found the time to take the $500 worth of lessons wife Jessa purchased for him at East Bank Club, but he does make semi-regular treks to South Shore and Jackson Park, where his best score is an 89.
Baker had a tough time at Conway Farms, where he said the rough was like "venus flytrap."
He had a funny line after an errant drive on No. 9: "They put me with the right caddie … Jesus."
Baker said his goal is to become a bogey golfer or better, adding: "I'm still learning the game … as you can see."
Following a shotgun start, we began on the third hole. As we trudged to the green of the home hole, we decided 16 holes followed by a half-dozen cold drinks sounded way better than a full 18.
I mentally checked out around the time I saw a dead frog lying on its back. But Baker kept grinding and was rewarded on the 18th green. He drained a putt of 35 feet (nah, 50 sounds better) that found the cup after what he described as a "Barney Rubble bounce."
Arms raised, Baker declared: "That's it. I'm good."
16 holes with … Ryan Baker
Five-second bio: Living his dream as a sportscaster in his hometown. Joined WBBM-Ch. 2 in 2008 after five years at WMAQ-Ch. 5.
Where: Conway Farms, Lake Forest (green tees: 6,853 yards).
Event: BMW Championship media day.
Baker's handicap: Well …
What he shot: Suffice to say, over par.
Baker on golf: "It's fulfilling, fun and frustrating."