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Stuart Appleby is scheduled to compete in this week's Talisker Masters on the PGA Tour of Australia, thereby forfeiting a spot in the second stage of Q School on the PGA TOUR.

Appleby finished 162nd on the money list in the U.S. In lieu of Past Champion status, which is what he would accept by taking a pass on Q School, he could burn a one-time exemption for ranking inside the top 50 in all-time earnings at the conclusion of this season. He's 19th, and would enjoy the flexibility to set his schedule. The Aussie exhausted a one-time top-25 career earnings exemption for the 2010 season, and then won The Greenbrier Classic with a 59 in the final round. He finished 129th in earnings in 2011. Appleby is just 41 years of age.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 11:38:00 AM

Chris Kirk acknowledged on Twitter tonight that he's eyeing The Barclays on Aug. 27-30 to return to competition.

The 30-year-old hasn't competed since the U.S. Open due to a broken hand. He's currently 26th in the FedExCup standings, so he could probably sit out the first two events in the Playoffs and still advance if absolutely necessary. There is an off-week two weeks after The Barclays.
Aug 3 - 10:08 PM

With an 8-under-par 32-32=64 at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championship, Tom Johnson earned medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.

The former PGA TOUR member opened with an eagle-3 at the first hole and birdie-3 at the second. He'd add six birdies to hide a lone bogey. Since losing his card following his rookie season of 2007, Johnson's only other TOUR appearance occurred at this year's Sony Open where he also four-spotted. He then placed T51 at Waialae. Ben Geyer and Chris Gilman shared runner-up honors today. Geyer traded eight birdies with one bogey for a 7-under 32-33=65. Gilman converted seven birdies and signed for a bogey-free, 7-under 33-32=65. Both will be making their TOUR debuts this week. The final exemption went to former TOUR member Wil Collins, who carded a bogey-free, 6-under 32-34=66 with six birdies, and then survived a three-way playoff. The field at Montrêux Golf and Country Club is now complete at 132.
Aug 3 - 6:49 PM

Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher and Graeme McDowell have gained entry into the PGA Championship thanks to their standing inside the top 100 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

The entire top 100 in the OWGR is almost always exempt into the final major of the year, but all who competed in the most recent Ryder Cup (2014) get first dibs as long as they were inside that bubble at the conclusion of play this past weekend. Donaldson is 37th, Gallacher is 70th and G-Mac is 60th, none of whom had yet to qualify. That leaves only Thomas Bjørn as the only Ryder Cupper who has not checked off one of the criteria. At 109th in the OWGR, the Dane will have to wait and see if the PGA of America will loop him in as a special exemption. Those inside the top 100 who have not yet gained entry would also receive a special exemption, but the governing body that oversees the tournament often extends beyond the expectation.
Aug 3 - 3:14 AM

Marc Warren is the last of 77 qualifiers for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

After Troy Merritt secured his exemption by winning the Quicken Loans National, the final conduit into the no-cut, limited field at Firestone Country Club's South Course was the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 50 in the latest update are exempt. Warren rose to 49th thanks to a fourth-place finish at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play. He also tied for fourth three weeks ago at the Scottish Open. Should he accept the berth to play in Akron, Ohio, it'll mark his debut in the tournament. In fact, the 34-year-old hadn't pegged it in any of the WGCs until this season during which he competed in the first three.
Aug 3 - 2:56 AM

Ian Poulter was one of 30 golfers to qualify for the PGA Championship by virtue of a special money list on the PGA TOUR through the Quicken Loans National.

The Brit would have gained entry via the Official World Golf Ranking anyway, but he landed 59th on the special money list from which the top 70 earned exemptions into the season's final major. The others (in order of earnings): Sergio Garcia (13th); Hideki Matsuyama; Kevin Kisner; Gary Woodland; Paul Casey; Russell Henley; Kevin Na; Matt Kuchar; Cameron Tringale; Marc Leishman; Jason Bohn; John Senden; Geoff Ogilvy; Morgan Hoffmann; Brendon Todd; Nick Watney; Justin Thomas; Russell Knox; Daniel Berger; David Hearn; Shawn Stefani; Tony Finau; Matt Jones; Boo Weekley; Kevin Streelman; Harris English; Brendon de Jonge; Brian Harman; Chesson Hadley (70th). Those outside the top 70 will complete the field of 156 at Whistling Straits and serve as the alternate list.
Aug 3 - 1:50 AM

Patton Kizzire broke through to earn his first Tour win with a birdie on the second playoff hole at the Utah Championship following a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round.

The Tour's leading money winner ended his week at GC at Thanksgiving Point with a 19-under 269 tally. After a wild front nine, where he circled four birdies and squared two bogeys, the Auburn Tiger picked up one additional birdie to go with eight pars on the back. While he was checking off the holes on the way to what looked to be his first win, Sung Kang rattled off five birdies over the final eight holes to force some free golf. Kizzire battled for a par after a poor drive on the par-4 18th on the first playoff hole, and then stuck his approach to almost tap-in range on the second playoff hole for the birdie and the victory. While he was already assured of a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card before the week began, he now has a strong grip on the top spot on the money list. Should he end the season in first place, he would be fully exempt from the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR next season.
Aug 2 - 9:44 PM

Rickie Fowler rallied late for a 2-under-par 37-32=69 in the finale of the Quicken Loans National to snare runner-up honors at 15-under 269, three shots adrift of champion Troy Merritt.

Although not netting him a win this time, like at THE PLAYERS in May, Fowler finished in similar fashion, circling birdies on three of his last five holes, including a walk-off 3 at the last from just outside 23 feet for his eighth career runner-up finish. The 26-year-old played the 18th tied with David Lingmerth, in at 14-under, prior to the dramatics. Fowler began the day at 13-under (solo third) and just one back of Merritt and Kevin Chappell. Playing in the penultimate pairing, he penciled seven birdies on the card, but similar to yesterday, he squared too many bogeys to win. In total, he bagged 24 birdies on the week, first in the tournament in that category, and an ace, but also squared 11 bogeys, including five today, T58 in that stat. His previous-best finish at the Quicken Loans (three starts) was T13 in 2011. He's projected to jump to 16th in the FedExCup standings ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Aug 2 - 7:34 PM

In his 96th PGA TOUR start, overnight co-leader Troy Merritt won his maiden title with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to post 18-under 266, good for a three-shot margin over runner-up Rickie Fowler.

Merritt began his day at 14-under and with a share of the lead with playing partner Kevin Chappell. Coming off a course-record, 10-under 61 on Saturday, the would-be champ opened right where he left off, circling a birdie from 9'1" at the par-4 first. He added a two-putt birdie at the par-5 fifth before dropping a six-footer for birdie at the seventh. The 29-year-old kept his forward momentum with par saves from seven feet at Nos. 2 and 8 to turn 3-under. In a battle for much of the day with 2013 champ Bill Haas, Merritt played his last nine in 1-under while the other contenders faded away. His birdie on 16 canceled a lone bogey at the 12th and he finished in grand fashion by canning a walk-off birdie from 34'5" for posterity. With this win, Merritt gains entry into this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. They'll mark his respective debuts in a WGC and a major.
Aug 2 - 6:48 PM

Roope Kakko closed out the Madeira Islands Open -- Portugal -- BPI with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 to post 24-under 262, good for a three-stroke victory over Scotland's Scott Henry.

The 33-year-old from Finland hit 14 greens in regulation and needed only 24 putts at Clue de Golf do Santo da Serra today. He supported a chip-in eagle-2 at the 10th hole with seven birdies. While this is his first European Tour title, Kakko is only the second from Finland to hoist hardware on the circuit, joining five-time winner Mikko Ilonen. "I’m speechless," Kakko said. "I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it. There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today. ... I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes. I almost started crying with three holes to go; I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment."
Aug 2 - 1:26 PM

With a four-foot conversion for birdie on the final hole of the championship match, Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Robert Karlsson 1 up at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In what was a brilliant display of golf theater, the Thai nearly coughed away this title. The duo matched birdies on the par-4 first hole before Aphibarnrat grabbed the lead with a birdie-3 at No. 2. He extended to 3 up through six, but Karlsson chipped away with wins at 8 and 9 to turn 1 down. Aphibarnrat won the 11th with a birdie-3 and No. 14 with a par-4 to regain the 3-up margin. With little room to spare, Karlsson took his cuts. He played Nos. 15-17 birdie-par-birdie, winning all three holes to even the match. At the par-4 18th, the Swede's tee ball landed on the green at the second hole, but Aphibarnrat's drive also failed to find the fairway, drifting right and into the rough. It was the eventual champ's escape that set up the clinching birdie. Karlsson's birdie attempt from 10 feet never threatened. This is the 26-year-old's third career victory on the European Tour and second this season.
Aug 2 - 12:59 PM

Robert Karlsson beat David Howell at the 20th hole in their semi-final clash at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links GC on Sunday.

The tall Swede was in front for most of the match but needed extra holes before securing his place in this afternoon's final against Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who beat Marc Warren 3&2 in the other semi. Karlsson made his move by winning 6, 9 and 12 to go 3up with six to play but the tenacious Howell took the next, holed a monster putt from off the green at 16 for a birdie and pulled level when Karlsson bogeyed 17. At the 18th, Karlsson had a four-foot par putt to win that lipped out but a Howell bogey at the second extra hole clinched the Scandinavian's spot in the final. Although the 45-year-old has played Ryder Cups, it was hard to see this coming as Karlsson had missed his last six cuts on the European Tour. Be honest, who could have predicted a Karlsson v Aphibarnrat final?
Aug 2 - 8:25 AM

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