Top Names to Play Inaugural Event
With her LPGA Tour career cut short by a bout with Hodgkins Disease, Owens taught for 20 years at Cog Hill G&CC in Lemont, where she enjoyed a reputation as a superb instructor whose insights into golf were equaled only by her personal integrity and her gracious way with people. During her teaching career, Owens was recognized as the LPGA Teacher of the Year in both 1993 and 1997.
The golf course designed by Tom Fazio, features fairways that afford generous landing areas and undulating greens. Water hazards (ponds) come into play on three holes. The club was host to the Senior PGA Tour's Ameritech Open for five years ending in 1995.
This tournament will serve as the final tune-up for next week's second major on the LPGA Tour, the McDonald's LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. Karrie Webb will defend her title while Annika Sorensta will be shooting for her second major title of the 2002 season after capturing the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March.
Top players in the field include:
Annika Sorenstam - Three wins, seven top-10's in eight events
Karrie Webb - 10th in scoring, driving distance, three top-10's in five events
Laura Diaz - Won last week for the second time this year, second in money
Juli Inkster - 17 of 25 rounds under par this year with four top-10's
Lorie Kane - Has made the cut in six of seven events with three top-10's
Sophie Gustafson - Third in driving distance, no missed cuts and no top-10's
Cristie Kerr - Third in Player of the Year points, fourth in greens in regulation
Betsy King - Only one top-10 in eight events with two missed cuts
Carin Koch - Ninth in scoring, three top-10's in just six tournaments
Nancy Lopez - Farewell tour continues, one round under par, first in putting
Se Ri Pak - Seventh in scoring, 13 of 21 rounds under par, four top-10's
Grace Park - Sixth on money list with two third-place finishes
Kelly Robbins - Six-for-six in cuts made with two top-five's, 12th in money
Rachel Teske - 13th on money list, one win in seven starts, two top-10's
Full-field for the Kellogg-Keebler Classic
Tiger Tracker: Farmers Insurance Open
Wie's goal to reach goals: Just. Stay. Healthy.
Michelle Wie’s player bio should come with medical charts.
Her caddie would be well served if he could read X-rays as well as he reads greens.
Wie is only 28, but on some days, she must feel like she’s going on 40.
That’s why one burning desire trumps all others for Wie as she begins this new year.
Wie said she’s going back and forth between conventional and left-hand low now.
And then a neck spasm knocked her out of the U.S. Women’s Open.
There also have been ongoing issues in both wrists.
“Everything we do with her swing now is to help prevent injury,” he said.
Leadbetter relishes seeing what’s possible in 2018 if there are no setbacks.
“She’s really enthusiastic about this year. She can’t wait to get back in the mix.”
How Rahm can overtake DJ for OWGR No. 1 this week
|Dustin Johnson||Jon Rahm|
|Wins||8 (1 major, 3 WGCs)||5 (3 PGA Tour, 2 Euro)|
|Top 5 finishes||20||16|
|Top 10 finishes||26||19|
|Top 25 finishes||37||26|
|MC or 0 OWGR Pts earned||4||7|
The ranking system can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are a couple of topline bullet points:
- The ranking is a 104-week period (two years) that evaluates a player’s performance.
- Events are given a certain weight and bigger events have a higher point total.
- Majors are worth 100 points to the winner. The Players champ is given 80 points. From there, you will see events weighted in the 70s for most WGCs, down to 24 for PGA Tour events opposite WGCs and majors.
- The number assigned to an event has to do with the quality of field – the more top 10/20/50/100 players that are in a field, the higher the weighting.
- Event 25 weeks ago: 86.96 percent of value
- Event 50 weeks ago: 59.78 percent of value
- Event 75 weeks ago: 32.61 percent of value
- Event 100 weeks ago: 5.43 percent of value
Rahm is taking advantage of the full value for three of his five professional wins.
There is still one more important piece of the formula and that’s the divisor.
|Dustin Johnson||Jon Rahm|
|Total points earned:||960.82||557.26|
|OWGR valued points||493.08||433.39|
|Projected OWGR after Farmers||10.72||10.83|
On the other side, DJ is only maintaining 51.3 percent of his total points earned.
To do that, the scenario is quite simple: Win this week.
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