Robby Ormand of Austin, Texas, will try to defend his crown against a horde of hungry young Oklahoma pros and amateurs when the Oklahoma Open gets under way Friday at Oak Tree Country Club on the Pete Dye-designed East Course.
The Open is a 54-hole event. The field will be trimmed after Saturday’s round, with the leaders teeing off mid-morning Sunday. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge to come out and watch. All the pairings are on the Oklahoma Golf Association site here.
The Open has a long history of great champions. Before a rule change on the PGA Tour it was routinely won by PGA Tour players such as Gil Morgan, Willie Wood, Scott Verplank, David Edwards, Mark Hayes and Bob Tway. Traveling mini-tour players such as Lucas Glover picked up a victory shortly before he won the U.S. Open.
Of late, the victors have been players like Robert Streb (2009 and 2011), who is currently sixth in FedEx Cup points on the PGA Tour and fighting for a spot on the President’s Cup team. Rhein Gibson, who won in 2010, is on the Web.com Tour looking for a full exemption onto the PGA Tour in 2016.