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The Fayetteville Observer has reported that William McGirt recently received two cortisone shots in his left wrist due to inflammation.

McGirt, who went to New York for the cortisone, also experienced numbness in three fingers on his hand. "The doctor didn't find anything that required surgery," said his father, Curtis. "There were no tears in the tendons or cartilage damage but there was quite a bit of inflammation. He was afraid he would have to shut it down for the rest of the year if he had to have surgery." In 10 starts, William McGirt is 110th in FedExCup points and has withdrawn early from his last two commitments since wrapping up a T88/MDF at Harbour Town with a third-round 80. "The doctor said he could play," Curtis added. "He's going to ice the wrist after he plays, take some anti-inflammatories and see how it goes. I think his swing will be fine. But he might be apprehensive about how hard to go after it."
Thu, May 9, 2013 12:18:00 AM

Andres Gonzales carded a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the final round of the Utah Championship to claim the second Web.com Tour title of his career.

Gonzales slept on the lead by himself every night this week, making his feat that much more impressive. While he didn't run away and hide in the final round, circling a modest four birdies and handing back a double bogey at Willow Creek CC, nobody mounted a serious charge to his 21-under 263 tally. With this victory, he moves to seventh on the Web.com Tour money list and is essentially assured of a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card. He developed a bit of a cult following among fans in his rookie season on the TOUR in 2011, as he would constantly tweet Tiger Woods requesting a practice round to no avail. Both his personality and his game will be fun for gamers to follow next season.
Jul 13 - 9:31 PM

With a two-way share of third place at the John Deere Classic, Jhonattan Vegas met the terms of his Major Medical Extension and will retain status for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

The Venezuelan needed no worse than a two-way T5 to meets his goal with FedExCup points. With the 162.50 points collected, he exceeded it by 58.66. (For the record, to achieve the same objective with earnings, he needed no worse than a solo third, so he fell short of that by $8,680.) Vegas closed like a champ today, signed for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 with six birdies, including on each of the trio of par 5s. (He hit 14 greens in regulation.) He played the par 5s in bogey-free 10-under of the week. With his MME in the rear-view mirror, he can focus on climbing the ladder in the FedExCup standings where he's now ranked 110th.
Jul 13 - 6:40 PM

In the final start on his Major Medical Extension, Paul Goydos settled for a two-way share of 70th place at the John Deere Classic.

Goydos started the day in a logjam at T35 and needed no worse than a two-way T2 to secure conditional status for the remainder of the season. Instead, he blew up for a 4-over 39-36=75 to post 3-under 281. Only a victory (and its two-year exemption) would have fulfilled the terms of the MME to retain status. Once the $9,447.00 he earned was plugged in, he came up short of the primary goal by $546,849 and conditional status by $373,634. For the record, Goydos will plummet into the Past Champions category, but he'll likely spend most of his time on the Champions Tour moving forward.
Jul 13 - 6:30 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

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




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