The Web.com Tour heads to Chicagoland for the Rust-Oleum Championship, held at Ivanhoe Club for the first time in the event’s history. This year’s field is strong with 9 of the top 10 on the Web.com Money List in attendance as well as a slew of talented local products in the field.
Ivanhoe Club is a 27-hole facility that will use a selection of holes from each of its three 9-hole courses. The par 72 layout will stretch to 7,059 yards with its main defense its water hazards, which come into play on 12 of the 18 holes. Ivanhoe features wide landing areas that smart players will play to, leaving short irons and wedges into the green, a recipe for birdies. While the rough is thick, I expect this one to be a shootout with a lot of birdies made over the course of the week.
Tickets are available for all 4 days here.
Golf Channel Thursday - Sunday:
Thursday: 10am-12pm EST
Friday: 10:30am-12:30pm EST
Saturday: 7-9pm EST
Sunday: 9:30-11:30pm EST
A storyline to watch
Fatigue. A large percentage of this week’s field played 36 holes in Monday’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, leading to an especially long week for those who competed last week in the Dominican Republic.
Richy Werenski - The former Big Break winner heads to Chicago with a chance to overtake Wesley Bryan as the money leader. Werenski, a former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, won earlier in the year at the BMW Charity Pro-Am and has made his past 5 cuts, including the win, a 2nd place finish and two other top 20s.
Brian Campbell - The University of Illinois alum will be returning to the Midwest, where he racked up a lot of wins and high finishes in college. Campbell currently sits 23rd on the money list and finished in a tie for 2nd in his last start at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Albin Choi - 3 top 10’s in a row coming in, few have better recent form. Choi shot a front-nine 27 in his final round at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Ollie Schneiderjans - The former number 1-ranked amateur player heads to Ivanhoe fully rested after a couple weeks off. Schneiderjans has had a solid 2016 campaign, but we expect a breakout soon.
Local players to watch
Many of this week’s sponsor exemptions went to local players who are either on the Web.com, playing mini-tours or college golfers. Here are a few names to look out for.
Vince India - India hails from the northern suburbs and has had a lot of success in the state of Illinois, winning the State Amateur (‘10) and finishing runner-up in the Illinois Open (‘15). India’s precise tee-to-green game and propensity to go low make him a perfect fit for Ivanhoe’s setup.
Brad Hopfinger - Hopfinger has dominated in his home state after winning the 2014 Illinois Open. He became just the 7th player ever to win both the Illinois State Amateur and the Illinois Open.
Nick Hardy - The nearby Northbrook native just wrapped up his sophomore season at the University of Illinois. Hardy comes in hot after a win at his U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying on Monday, shooting 70-64. Last year, Hardy also made the cut at the U.S. Open at the ripe age of 19.
Michael Schachner - The local legend has bounced around the mini-tours in recent years, but no one in the field knows Ivanhoe better than him. Schachner grew up playing the track and holds the course record (which he took from PGA Tour star Aaron Baddeley).