... also known as the Klinger Classic or the Pak Open ... name history from Wikipedia:
1984–1996: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic 1997–2000: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic 2001–2003: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Presented by ALLTEL 2004–2010: Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger 2012: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I 2013–2018: Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I 2019–2021: Marathon Classic Presented by Dana 2022–present: Dana Open Presented by Marathon
This event's history is NOT to be confused with another Ohio tournament from the same time period, the Wendy's ... I had forgotten that after it was played in 2006, the organizers butted heads with Bivens ,,, with predictable results.
That 1,500,000 that Jin Young Ko won at the CME season ending Tournament. Don't look that great compared to the 18,000,000 Mcllroy won at the PGA Tour Championship.
Edit: One PGA Golfer had the audacity complaining about the LIV Golfers. That he don't play for the money he plays because he loves to play and have fun. Sure give me a break, if so stay as an Amateur and get a regular job hypocrite. I didn't see Mcllroy say it was too much money and donate any to Charity.
Does anyone know whether Jamie Farr had a special interest in women's golf? Or was he just somehow persuaded to lend his name to this tournament for so long? This article says the tournament was boosted by a former PGA caddy, which is pretty interesting.
"The tournament began as a dream of Toledo native, Judd Silverman. He was living the life of a PGA caddy in 1982 when his aspirations to bring a ladies' professional golf tournament to Toledo became a reality. Silverman contacted John Laupheimer, the 1984 LPGA commissioner and received approval to host an LPGA tournament in Toledo. He returned home and secured the tournament's first 12 founding sponsors, who covered the purse that first year. Jamie Farr agreed to lend his name to the event and brought his celebrity friends to the tournament. The Toledo McDonald's franchises underwrote the operating expenses with the agreement that a portion of the money raised would benefit the Ronald McDonald House."
My field rating for this tournament is a pretty solid (especially for this tournament) 63%, Way way up from 47.5% last year. My breakdown is 72% LPGA Priority List (there will be a reshuffle after this tournament) and 54% Rolex Rankings. Although the top 2 players in the world are skipping the event, players 3 through 12 are all here. Players skipping the event include: Jin Young Ko Nelly Korda Jessica Korda Celine Boutier Ally Ewing Anna Nordqvist Matilda Castren Georgia Hall Austin Ernst Ryann O'Toole Jenny Shin Eun-Hee Ji Mirim Lee Brittany Lincicome Hee Young Park Maja Stark
Other Stuff: With Paula Reto winning this past week,there have been four consecutive first time winners on the LPGA Tour. There have been eight first time winners this year. In what has to be considered a very rare occurance, the last 5 winners have not come from either the USA or The Republic of Korea.
In the very important Race to the CME Globe (finishing in the top 100 is vital to play next year): Paula Reto wrapped up a spot by moving from 73 to 27. Emma Talley helped herself out by moving 86 to 72.
The Rookie of the Year race has tightened up a bit. Atthaya Thitikul still leads with 1075 points, but Hye-Jin Choi has moved closer with 1015.
After leading the tour in consecutive cuts made, Jin Young Ko has missed her last two.
Lydia Ko registered her tour leading tenth top ten, Hye-Jin Choi got her ninth, tying her with Atthaya Thitikul.
Rolex Rankings: Nelly Korda moves from 3 to 2. Hye-Jin Choi 24 to 18. Linn Grant 55 to 45. Paula Reto bolts into the top 100 moving 142 to 56. Sara Schmelzel 96 to 83. There were a few big moves outside the top 100: Ji Wong Hong 271 to 145 Lucy Li 204 to 161 Emma Talley 197 to 163
I met and briefly talked with Farr when he showed up at Se Ri's 2007 HOF Induction dinner. He was pretty much like you'd expect him to be, although he wasn't wearing a dress. He seemed to get a real kick out of the fact that his event was constantly being won by Korean golfers like Se Ri, considering that he had earned his lasting fame on a TV show set in Korea.
Shibuno Fever is gaming irons not shown on Ping's USA or Japan websites.
It is unconfirmed on the LET website, but the NY Slimes reported that October's Aramco/New York event will be held at Trump-Ferry Point. I really, really, really, really do NOT want to drive to The Bronx.
Caddie list is out ... I was right about Motion going with Ayako Uehara. With Bam Bam out, Missy Pederson landed with Caroline Masson. The Pink One went with a scrub touring pro, Holly Clyburn. Last but not least, the paths of two lost souls inevitably crossed, looper Jeff DeCoen (a nice old guy sporting LoudMouth duds who almost never gets a star) and MHL. Not a great first round, but at +1 she's only one shot off the cut line.
Did the airlines find Crusty's lost sticks in time for today? She shot 74 and dropped out.
Great first round by Hye Jin Choi, clean Score Card minus six tied for the lead. Even greater because she didn't make a birdie on the par fives.
Hyo Joo Kim also had a clean Score Card with five birdies for a great round also.
A Lim Kim had a really good round with four birdies no bogeys.
So Yeon also carded a minus four that included twenty five putts. But still a good round however she got it. But 242 driving average really needs to improve. The short driving Chella Choi had 246 average and Muni He was 255.
Jeongeun Lee6 had five birdies but two bogeys and a double. At least she made birdie on the last two par fives after a bogey and double.
Sei Young Kim had a unlike her round with only one birdie and no bogeys. Missed only three greens but had thirty two putts.
In Gee Chun was set up for a prime TV tee time with Danielle and Lydia but ended up dropping out due to (I hear) a shoulder issue. Bummer! This seems like a course she should do well on.
Great start for the rookie Hye Jin Choi. Have they even once mentioned that she's a three-time KLPGA Player of the Year? Yeah, her wins are impressive, but that's even more so: even Jin Young, Sung Hyun and In Gee never managed that feat. Anyways, great start that sets up her up for another run at that first win.
Hyo Joo and So Yeon with good starts; So Yeon seems to be coming around lately at last, and she has won here before, so maybe an omen? A Lim has also been peaking lately, and shot a 4 under to sit two back. Lee6/Sei Young/Sung Hyun are a bit farther back, but not out of it by any means.
I came home today, pulled up the LPGA online leaderboard and looked through the bottom half ... where was MHL, I can't find her. Holy frickin' moly, it was upside down ... 65!!! Of course, I couldn't find any pics from the usual sources. For now, her partnership with Jeff DeCoen looks like a good one ... maybe she should stick with him for the rest of 2022 ... although this guy hardly ever works on the LPGA ... I found his name only once this year from the caddie lists: Shoprite/Acer in June with Katie Yoo (three starts, no money, # 1196 on Rolex). One prominent looper seems to be available, Rock ... I'm guessing Bethany dumped him right after KPMG.
Typical BadA$$ move ... of course, she made the cut.