After 28 years of hosting the Toledo Classic, legendary Jamie Farr has passed the torch on to the Marathon Petroleum Corporation, who will be the title sponsor for this year’s Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. The event also makes its return to global television via Golf Channel and the LPGA’s international television partners that will bring the tournament to more than 160 countries around the world.
So Yeon Ryu looks to defend her title and break into the winner’s column for the first time this season after two runner-up finishes at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ryu won last year’s Jamie Farr Toledo Classic as a rookie thanks to an impressive final-round, 9-under-par 62. The great round gave her a seven-stroke victory over runner-up Angela Stanford and it marked her first LPGA tournament win as a member. She won 2011 U.S. Women’s Open while playing on the KLPGA Tour.
The strong field this week also includes Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, who looks to win her seventh tournament of the year and pick up some momentum before she heads to the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland for the RICOH Women’s British Open. She will have the opportunity that week to become the first golfer ever, male or female, to win four majors in one year in the modern era.
The 2013 LPGA season so far has seemed like a walk in the park for Inbee, whose six tournament wins have included the first three majors of the season: the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Wegman’s LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open. With her third major win, she became the first player on the LPGA Tour since Babe Zaharias in 1950 to win the first three majors of the season.
Park is currently in her 14th week atop the Rolex Rankings and does not appear to have any inclination of relinquishing that position any time soon. A win this week would further cement her hold on the rankings and would also propel her into her quest to make history at next week’s RICOH Women’s British Open as she look’s to capture the elusive Grand Slam.