FARMINGTON — It’s not likely many golf fans have heard of Sungjae Im, Scott Langley, Kyoung Hoon-Lee, Sebastian Munoz or Chase Wright.

On the other hand, most golf fans have certainly heard of John Daly and Zach Johnson, not to mention Tom Lehman, Stewart Cink, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, David Duval, Webb Simpson and David Toms

The first group are the current top five money-winners on the PGA Tour, which will be making its annual stop in Utah this week at Oakridge Country Club.

The second group are all major winners on the PGA Tour over the past couple of decades, who have each played in Utah in previous iterations of the event. Daly and Johnson both won the Utah tournament, while the others finished anywhere from fourth place to missing the cut.

Local golf fans would probably flock to Oakridge this week to watch the latter group of major champions, but don’t really care about players they haven’t heard of, even if they’re world-class golfers.

“The best players on this tour can play on the PGA Tour, it’s proven every year.”

That’s the conundrum the Tour has always faced during its 29 years of existence when it has also been known as the Ben Hogan Tour, Nike Tour, Tour or Nationwide Tour. It features some of the best golfers in the world. But the world doesn’t know which golfers are going to turn out to be great.

You can compare it to minor league baseball. Who knew that David Ortiz would eventually become a major league star when he was playing for the Salt Lake Buzz a couple of decades ago? Mike Trout may have been a little more obvious when he played briefly in Salt Lake before playing with the Los Angeles Angels, but still, who knew he’d and …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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