The first round of the Shriners Children's Open wasn't quite finished, as some players had to stop due to darkness. What happened in the first 18 holes, however, already has the power to enter into some flashes of history and stories.
All this regardless of the leadership of Beau Hossler, who leads with a 62 (-9) and opens his hunt for that title on the PGA Tour which in 2018, in Houston, eluded him in the playoff against Ian Poulter.
Shriners Children's Open, results
Second position at -8 for J.T.
Poston and Cameron Champ, fourth at -7 for Davis Thompson and Lanto Griffin. Speaking of these, it should be noted that his result is an important result (for now) after a bad sequence of physical problems that has affected him over the last few years.
Sixth place with the first appearances of non-Americans at -6, because alongside Luke List there are Adam Taylor (Canada) and Mattias “Matti” Schmid (Germany). Ninth together, at -5, Adam Long and J. J. Spaun. Historic debut for Lexi Thompson, who follows in the footsteps of Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie West, Suzy Whaley and Brittany Lincicome in terms of figures who have competed on the PGA Tour over the past 70 years.
For her, a +1 performance with three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey at the time of the stoppage (she was at number 17). Her goal is to become the first woman since 1945 to make the cut in an overseas event in which men compete.
Three of the four major Majors take place over eight weeks, between June and August. In the past, this has threatened to make the remaining two and a half months of the season uninteresting, as some of the top players decide to compete less thereafter.
The solution was to introduce a new type of ranking, the FedEx Cup. From January to mid-August players compete in tournaments that form the "regular season" and earn FedEx Cup points, in addition to the prize money up for grabs .
At the end of the regular season, the top 144 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualify for the "playoffs", four tournaments that take place between mid-August and mid-September. The number of participants in these tournaments is progressively reduced from 144 to 120 to 70 and eventually to the 30 who traditionally participate in the Tour Championship.
In these tournaments you can earn other points valid for the FedEx Cup. At the end of the Tour Championship, whoever has accumulated the most points is the seasonal champion. To implement this new system the PGA Tour had to make significant changes to the traditional calendar.