Futility with a capital F


Professional golfers will be looking to end a couple futility streaks this week.

On the PGA Tour, 47 events have passed since a rookie has won. There are just two events remaining to prevent this from being the first year since 1998 that no rookie has won a Tour event. Marc Turnesa is the last rookie to win on the PGA Tour, claiming the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Childrens Open late last year.

On the LPGA, 15 events have passed since an American has won. That’s the longest American dry spell within any of the 60 seasons in LPGA history. It’s closing in on the longest American dry spell ever. Americans went 18 consecutive events without winning at the end of the 2002 season and the beginning of the 2003 season.

There would be a certain irony if the Americans break their run at the Hana Bank-Kolon Championship in South Korea this week with that country overtaking the United States as the dominant power on tour. Americans have won just four LPGA events this season, the fewest by Americans since the tour was started in 1950. South Koreans have claimed more LPGA titles (9) than any other country this season.