OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Mementos of past winners, golf icons such as Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus, adorn the walls of Olympia Fields Country Club’s historic clubhouse. It’s elite company, and among those featured is Ariya Jutanugarn, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, who will be vying for her second career major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Olympia Fields Country Club hasn’t hosted a professional major on any tour since 2003, when Jim Furyk edged journeyman Stephen Leaney for his only major title. It was in 2011 when Jutanugarn earned glory here, thanks to a hard-fought victory in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship on the club’s South Course.
Six years later, Jutanugarn is ready to pick up where she left off, this time on Olympia Fields’ North Course.
“I have really good memories here,” Jutanugarn, 21, said ahead of the LPGA Tour’s second major of the year. “I feel comfortable coming back.”
Jutanugarn’s overriding memory of…