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Ryo Ishikawa intends to accept PGA TOUR membership in 2013.

The Bashful Prince earned $871,051 in 18 starts on the PGA TOUR this season. (He accepted Special Temporary Membership in March, which afforded him unlimited starts.) It would have placed him 108th on the official money list, so he's now eligible for fully exempt status next season for finishing inside the top 125 in non-member earnings. Given his comments following a victory on the Japan Golf Tour on Sunday, he'll play full-time in the U.S. "A victory is the best medicine," said Ishikawa, who hadn't won anywhere since the same tournament in 2010. "It's a medicine that gives me confidence. I can go to the United States with confidence." At 21 years of age, he's the youngest on his circuit to record 10 victories.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 01:14:00 PM

Brian Harman calmly spun a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to earn his first PGA TOUR title by a stroke over Zach Johnson.

Harman circled an eagle, five birdies and squared two bogeys on his last lap around TPC Deere Run to end the week at 22-under 262. His eagle came at the par-5 second hole as he placed his approach from 223 yards 4'4" from the hole for an easy tap-in. Three of his birdies were from outside 14 feet, including a 29'6" effort on the par-4 ninth. His ball-striking was excellent as he split 13 of 14 fairways and landed 16 GIR, thus making his first victory appear a little too easy at times. He tied for eighth in driving accuracy and was second in GIR for the tournament. With this win, he nabs the final exemption into the Open Championship. In addition, he also snared invites into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. Harman is the 10th first-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14.
Jul 13 - 5:57 PM

Zach Johnson conjured up a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to take over the clubhouse lead at 21-under 263.

ZJ circled seven birdies and gave back nothing on his final navigation of TPC Deere Run. The highlight was a 19'3" birdie on the par-4 fourth hole, as each of his other six fell from inside 10 feet. He had a look from 12'2" to take it one deeper on the 18th hole, but couldn't convert. The Iowa native is a past winner of this event and routinely finds himself near the top of the leaderboard, so his late charge was not a surprise. He was two behind Brian Harman at the moment of his posting, so he needs some help to force a playoff.
Jul 13 - 5:27 PM

For finishing as the top three not otherwise exempt into The Open Championship inside the top 10 and ties at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Scott Jamieson, Tyrell Hatton and Kristoffer Broberg have earned exemptions into the major.

While arguably the least known of the trio, Broberg topped the other two at Royal Aberdeen with a solo runner-up, two strokes adrift of champion Justin Rose. The Swede closed with a 5-under-par 33-33=66 to post 14-under 270 and clinch his career-best finish on the European Tour. Hatton tied for fourth with three others already exempt at Royal Liverpool this week. The Englishman turned in a Sunday 68 to punch his third ticket into the season's third major. He's 0-for-2 (2010, 2013). Jamieson is also gunning for his first payday in his third start in The Open. He blitzed Royal Aberdeen with a bogey-free, 7-under 31-33=64 today to rise nine spots on the leaderboard into a three-way share of eighth place. (Fellow T8s, Rickie Fowler and Robert Karlsson, were already exempt into The Open.) The final berth into the major will go to the top finisher inside the top five and ties not otherwise exempt at the John Deere Classic.
Jul 13 - 1:59 PM

With a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-34=65 in his final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Justin Rose posted 16-under 268, good for a two-stroke victory over Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden.

The Brit took last week off following his come-from-behind win at the Quicken Loans National. If nothing else, the break allowed him to acclimate to the time zone at Royal Aberdeen where he opened with respective rounds of 69, 68 and 66 to share the 54-hole lead with Scotland's Marc Warren, who closed with a 1-under 70 to finish five strokes in arrears of the champion. For the week, Rose buried 21 birdies against five bogeys. This is his seventh European Tour title but first on European soil since the 2007 Volvo Masters in Spain.
Jul 13 - 1:48 PM

Brian Harman takes a one-stroke lead over Steve Stricker into the final round of the John Deere Classic after spinning a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in round three.

Harman was cruising towards a three-stroke lead before he suffered a bogey at the par-4 18th, dropping to 17-under 196, at the same time Stricker holed an unlikely birdie for a two-stroke swing. Harman found four birdies and two eagles on his lap around TPC Deere Run, giving back just two strokes. The first eagle came at the par-5 second from 29'4" and his second was a 46'11" conversion on the par-5 17th. His shortest birdie of the day was from 12'1" on the par-4 14th, so the long wand was working in a big way. It's no surprise that he gained over two strokes with the flat stick. He missed just two fairways and one GIR. He will likely need a similar effort tomorrow if he is to claim his first PGA TOUR win while preventing Stricker from capturing his fourth JDC.
Jul 12 - 5:50 PM

Tim Clark conjured up a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-31=64 in his third round of the John Deere Classic and enters the finale at 14-under 199.

Clark picked up two birdies on the front nine at TPC Deere Run, before scorching the back with five more. His 14'7" birdie at the par-5 10th was easily the highlight. A previous runner-up at this stop, he hit every fairway and every GIR in the third round. His last bogey came on his final hole in round one, making him blemish-free for his last 36 holes. He'll try and go low in Sunday's final round in an effort to pick up just his second PGA TOUR title.
Jul 12 - 5:15 PM

Scott Brown scorched TPC Deere Run for a bogey-free 10-under-par 31-30=61 in the third round of the John Deere Classic to take the 54-hole clubhouse lead at 15-under 198.

Brown's birdies came in bunches and started early. After circling a pair at Nos. 2 and 3, he picked off two more at the seventh and eighth holes. Turning his attention to the back, he added birdies at the 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th holes. His irons gave him excellent looks, as only three of his birdies were longer than 10 feet, highlighted by a 15'3" effort at the par-4 11th. While he didn't break the course record of 59, he did establish a new career low. Brown will try and go deep again on Sunday in hopes of procuring his second PGA TOUR win.
Jul 12 - 4:37 PM

Chris Kirk signed for a pair of even-par 71s at the John Deere Classic and missed the cut by two strokes.

Some thrive in shootouts and some die. Kirk arrived at TPC Deere having cashed in 22 consecutive starts dating back to last season, but he'll be forced to start anew at next week's Open Championship. He buried seven birdies against five bogeys, but was stung by a triple bogey at the par-4 18th hole in his opening round where he rinsed his approach and couldn't find the putting surface until his sixth whack. Other notables that missed the cut include: 141--Brian Stuard; Ben Martin ... 142--Kevin Streelman; Billy Hurley III ... 143--Pat Perez; Robert Garrigus; Patrick Rodgers ... 144--Jason Bohn; Jason Allred ... 146--Roberto Castro ... 147--Scott Stallings ... 148--2001 champ David Gossett.
Jul 11 - 8:47 PM

Bud Cauley has crafted a pair of bogey-free, 4-under-par 67s to begin the John Deere Classic.

Cauley remains on fire. After sharing fourth place at Greenbrier on Sunday, he's gone 11-for-11 in scrambling at TPC Deere Run and converted four birdies in each round. Today's set featured rolls from 14'9" and 13'1" at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. At 8-under 134, the 24-year-old is four strokes back of the 36-hole co-leaders.
Jul 11 - 8:05 PM

Overnight co-leader Zach Johnson turned in 4-under-par 34-33=67 for his second round of the John Deere Classic to post 12-under 130, good for a share of the 36-hole lead.

ZJ muscled out today's score. He went just 3-for-6 in scrambling with three bogeys, but compensated with seven birdies. The set included conventional conversions from 14'5", 20'10" and 16'3" at Nos. 8, 13 and 14, respectively. He also circled a zero-putt four-yarder at 10. At the time he signed his card, he co-led the field with 15 birdies at the break. Expect another dark red number on Saturday.
Jul 11 - 7:07 PM

Charles Howell III enjoyed a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in his second round of the John Deere Classic.

Well, he had a good time in places, shall we say. CH3 hit only 11 greens in regulation and swallowed four bogeys, but he rolled in three birdies and recorded two eagles. The first eagle came conventionally, sort of. He drove the green at the par-4 14th, and then drilled home the putt from 36'6". (Howell III chased that with a par save from 20'6" at the par-4 15th). Then, after circling a birdie-4 at No. 2, he jarred his tee ball from 132 yards for a hole-in-one at the par-3 third. So, he penciled at least one of every digit from 1-6 on today's card. It's the second time in seven weeks that he's recorded two eagles in the same round (first round, Memorial, eagle-2 and eagle-3). At 8-under 134, he's four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead at TPC Deere Run.
Jul 11 - 6:51 PM




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