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Russell Henley has gained entry into The Open Championship by virtue of sitting in the top five of those previously ineligible for the major inside the top 20 of the latest FedExCup standings.

Henley faded to finish T30 at The Greenbrier Classic but ranks 14th in FedExCup points to secure his first appearance in the season's third major championship. At fifth in points, Billy Horschel tops the list of today's qualifiers. He'll be making his debut in The Open. Boo Weekley (ninth in FedExCup points; fourth appearance in The Open Championship), Jimmy Walker (17th; first appearance) and Harris English (18th; second appearance) round out the fortunate five. The final two exemptions will be distributed to the winners of this week's Scottish Open and John Deere Classic.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 09:57:00 PM

Danny Willett defeated Jim Furyk 3-and-2 in the consolation match of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship to finish alone in third.

Willett completed his Cinderella run at his tournament debut by defeating the fifth-seeded Furyk. The match began slowly and was all square thru four holes before Willett squared his first bogey on the par-5 sixth to fall to 1-down. Furyk would maintain the margin until Willett circled birdie on No. 9 to turn even. The Englishman won the 10th as well to take his first lead in the match. He'd increase his advantage to 2-up with a birdie-3 on the 13th. Willett closed out the match when Furyk conceded the 16th. This was Willett's career-best finish in 13 PGA TOUR starts. He collected 200 non-member FedExCup points to total 331 on the season. That's eight more than necessary to qualify for Special Temporary Membership, which grants him unlimited starts, sponsor exemptions and a spot in the Beyond 150 reshuffle. He's already exempt into this week's PLAYERS.
May 3 - 6:44 PM

Smylie Kaufman settled for a 1-over-par 34-39=73 in the final round of the United Leasing Championship to claim his first Web.com Tour victory at 10-under 278.

Kaufman cruised to a five-stroke margin of victory over Jonathan Randolph, Ryan Spears and Adam Long. The LSU product essentially put the tournament away when he picked off three consecutive birdies beginning with the second hole at Victoria National GC. He erased a bogey at the par-5 ninth with a birdie on the par-5 10th hole before trying to make things interesting with a pair of double bogeys on the back nine. The 23-year-old ranked inside the top five in both GIR and putting average, which is clearly a deadly combination on any layout. With this victory, he moves from 28th to fourth on the Web.com Tour money list and virtually assures himself of a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card.
May 3 - 6:09 PM

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy cruised to a 4-and-2 win over Gary Woodland in the Championship Match of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and went an unblemished 7-0 on the week.

After a sluggish start from both players, McIlroy (the No. 1 seed overall) took early control of the finale, winning four holes in a row (Nos. 4-7), three with birdies. Woodland improbably reached the championship match as the 50-seed, even more so as he had not registered a match win in his previous two appearances in the tournament. The American finally settled into today's finale by winning the 11th and 12th holes, cutting his deficit to 2-down. He had a four-footer to win the 13th as well, but missed. McIlroy would close him out three holes later. This was McIlroy's second WGC win (2014 Bridgestone Invitational) and 10th PGA TOUR title of his career.
May 3 - 6:08 PM

Rory McIlroy steals a 1-up win over Jim Furyk in the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the No. 1 seed will face the No. 50 seed Gary Woodland in the Championship Match.

After the pair halved the first with birdies, McIlroy took a 1-up lead on Furyk's bogey at No. 3. McIlroy immediately squared his own bogey at the next and the match is back to all square. The Northern Irishman regained the 1-up advantage with birdie on No. 5 and then chips-in for birdie from the rough at the seventh but Furyk answered dropping a 20-foot putt for a circle of his own to halve. Furyk answered again at No. 8 dropping his second lengthy birdie putt, this one from 19 feet. He snatched his first lead on the ninth after McIlroy failed to save par from a green-side bunker. McIlroy strikes back at the 11th, canning a 28-footer for birdie to get back to all square. Tree trouble on 12 for Furyk led to a double bogey-6 but he rebounded on the next converting a six-foot birdie to level the match once again. Furyk then moved to 1-up with another circle on the 15th and looked in control but McIlroy finished birdie-birdie and walk-off eagle on 18 to end the match in dramatic fashion.
May 3 - 2:32 PM

Gary Woodland dispatched Danny Willett 3-and-2 in the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Woodland conceded the fourth hole to Willett and the 27-year-old Englishman owned an early 2-up lead. After the duo exchanged birdie-4s on the fifth, Woodland reeled off two more birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to claw back to all square. The American took his first lead of the match when Willett squared his first bogey at the par-4 eighth and he maintained his 1-up advantage through the 11th. The 30-year-old Woodland then stiffed his approach on 12 (from 72 yards out) to within four feet and converted the birdie to move to 2-up. Willett fought back to 1-down with birdie on the par-3 13th but a costly three-putt bogey from 23 feet on the 14th dropped him back to 2-down. Woodland ended the match on 16 dropping a 15-foot birdie putt to move on to the final.
May 3 - 1:41 PM

Rory McIlroy outlasted Paul Casey in 22 holes in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the No. 1 seed advances to face No. 5 seed Jim Furyk. The other semifinal will feature Danny Willett (No. 48) versus Gary Woodland (No. 50).

It took 22 holes (and a second day) to determine the final player to reach the semifinals but McIlroy outlasted the No. 36 seed Casey in a protracted battle. McIlroy was 1-up early on over the Englishman Casey but found himself 2-down (thru seven) as Casey circled birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 7. A birdie-3 on 10 cut the Northern Irishman's deficit to 1-down and the match went all square at 13 as Casey squared his second bogey on the round. Casey went 1-up after McIlroy bogeyed 14 but his own bogey on 17 brought the match back to all square. Darkness suspended play on Saturday after 21 holes and when the match resumed Sunday morning McIlroy made quick work of Casey (who had fallen ill overnight) eliminating him with a birdie-4 on the 22nd hole.
May 3 - 10:16 AM

Jim Furyk eliminated Louis Oosthuizen 4-and-2 in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and awaits the winner of the Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey match.

Furyk trailed 1-down over the span of five holes in the middle portion of the match but caught fire on the back nine with four birdies in seven holes to dispatch the South African with ease. After trailing 1-down early on, Oosthuizen moved to a 1-up lead with birdie on the fifth, and had his chances to increase the lead on Nos. 6, 8 and 9 but could never take advantage. Furyk seized the opportunity with birdie on 10 to get back to all square and after the duo exchanged pars on 11, Furyk took the lead for good with another birdie at the par-4 12th. A concession at 14 and two additional circles for Furyk at 15 and 16 ended it. This is Furyk's first time to reach the semifinals in 14 starts at the WGC-Match Play.
May 2 - 10:11 PM

Danny Willett cruised to a 4-and-3 victory over Tommy Fleetwood in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship and will face Gary Woodland in the semifinals.

Willett remained unfazed (and unbeaten) in his WGC-Match Play debut. The 27-year-old is now 5-0 and was not seriously challenged by his fellow Englishman Fleetwood, who was also making his first Match Play appearance. After the pair matched birdies on the par-5 opener, Willett took the 1-up lead with a birdie on No. 3 and quickly moved it to 2-up with par on the fourth. That would be the margin at the turn as each player further squared a bogey against three pars heading to the back nine. Willett added another birdie on the 12th to up the lead to 3-up with six to play. Fleetwood took bogey to lose the 14th (his fourth bogey of the match) and fell to 4-down for the final margin.
May 2 - 9:40 PM

Danny Willett defeated fellow countryman Lee Westwood 3-and-2 in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Willett continues to surprise as the No. 48 seed and will face yet another Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, in the quarterfinals. Westwood took the upper hand early with birdie on the par-5 first and maintained that margin through No. 4. Willett got the match back to all square with his first circle on the par-5 fifth. Each recorded birdie-3s on No. 6 and pars on Nos. 7-11 until Willett took his first lead of the match with a par breaker on the 12th. The 27-year-old added another circle on 15 to go 2-up and par on 16 against Westwood's bogey was the final margin.
May 2 - 4:57 PM

Victor Dubuisson has withdrawn from next week's PLAYERS, according to Garry Smits of The Florida Times-Union.

Good luck trying to figure the Frenchman out. He went 0-3 at the Match Play in what was just his sixth start of 2014-15 in what in his first season with a PGA TOUR card. Now he withdraws from a $10 million tournament for the second straight year. It's highly unusual for a healthy golfer not to play TPC Sawgrass no matter how much he may dislike the track, but Dubuisson has proven to be the anomaly, if that's even logically possible.
May 1 - 11:50 PM

In what was easily the best match later in the day, Rory McIlroy defeated Billy Horschel in 20 holes in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Horschel had one hand on the wheel and another on McIlroy's head for most of this battle. The American enjoyed a 1-up lead on all but one hole through 11, and then doubled it with a birdie-3 at the 12th. He gave it right back with a double bogey at the par-3 13th, but McIlroy surrendered the par-4 14th with bogey. After the pair played 15 and 16 par-birdie, McIlroy poured in a 26-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th to begin the comeback. Now 1-down, he added a textbook birdie at the par-5 18th where Horschel fanned on a 12-footer for the win. Both parred the par-5 first the second time through, and then Horschel whiffed on an eight-footer for par at the par-3 second where the match ended, as did his hopes of advancing. McIlroy remains unbeaten this week. Horschel's only loss occurred today.
May 1 - 9:45 PM




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