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With a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62 at Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison, Miss., Ken Looper shared medalist honors at today's open qualifier for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Looper converted two eagles on par 5s and added six birdies to clinch his second start via open qualifying this season. He tied for 21st in New Orleans in late April. Nathaniel Rau also signed for a 10-under 62 with respective nines of 30 and 32. He circled one eagle and nine birdies to offset a lone bogey. Mark Silvers took third place with a bogey-free, 9-under 32-31=63 thanks to nine birdies. Andrew Johnson sniped the final berth into the tournament proper with an 8-under 30-34=64 after nine birdies and one bogey. The field at Annandale Golf Club is now complete at 132.
Jul 15 - 5:28 PM

In an update at GolfChannel.com, Peter Hanson has stated that he will, indeed tee off in tomorrow's opening round of The Open Championship.

It's that time of year when a couple of internationals that own PGA TOUR cards have to do the math on when they can meet the membership minimum of 15 starts. Hanson has 11. "I spoke to the guys over at the Tour," he said. "I’m in an awkward situation. Basically, by teeing it up over the next four or five weeks I’m guaranteed to be in the top 125." He could putt his tee ball on Thursday, withdraw, and count it as a start. If that happens, first alternate Joost Luiten may cross the Swede off his holiday card list, but Hanson has earned that option. "I played nine (holes) today and was pain-free for the first two holes so I’ve been limping around," Hanson added. "We’re doing as much as we can to try and get it ready." He's currently 129th in FedExCup points.
Jul 17 - 2:17 PM

Spencer Levin is scheduled to compete in this week's Midwest Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Aside from a failed attempt to sectional qualify for the U.S. Open on June 3, Levin has sat out the entire year resting his left thumb following surgery last October. He's planning to burn all five of his allotted rehab starts on the Web.com Tour before returning to the PGA TOUR full-time when the 2013-14 begins in October. "Playing almost every week to once every eight months, it's been tough," he said. "I could be rusty; I could be great. I've been hitting a lot of good shots, but you never really know until you get back in competition." It's also notable to add that after his brother passed away suddenly late last summer, Levin quit smoking on Sept. 5. "I don't even think about it anymore," he said of smoking. "That's history."
Jul 16 - 9:59 PM

Steven Alker spun a bogey-free 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Utah Championship and held off Ashley Hall in a playoff to win his third Web.com Tour title at 22-under 262.

Alker jumped out to a quick start with a birdie on the par-5 first and joined Chad Collins in the lead with an eagle at the par-5 third hole. Alker would only add two more birdies the rest of the day, but his ability to navigate Willow Creek CC without a blemish for the second consecutive round was key. He then faced off against Hall in a playoff, and the Kiwi won it with a par. He moves from 149th to 20th on the Web.com Tour money list with the win. While it puts him inside the magical top 25 at the present time, he still has work to do to lock up a PGA TOUR card.
Jul 14 - 9:28 PM

Kevin Sutherland gave it a good run but he settled for a share of 12th place at the John Deere Classic at 15-under-par 70-65-65-69=269.

The JDC was his final start via a Major Medical Extension from which he needed to finish no worse a three-way T3 to meet its terms and retain status. The $96,600.00 paycheck leaves him $140,394 short of his target. He had already secured conditional status, so this won't be the last we'll see of him this season. In fact, he's scheduled to compete at this week's Sanderson Farms Championship. Sutherland is also comfortably inside the top 200 in FedExCup points, so at worst he'll qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 14 - 8:53 PM

Will Wilcox made Web.com Tour history today with an 11-under-par 30-29=59 in the final round of the Utah Championship.

Chad Collins (60) and Steven Alker (61) teased us earlier in the tournament, but Wilcox converted. He split eight (of 12) fairways and hit all 18 greens at Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy today en route to one eagle (at the par-5 17th hole) and 10 birdies. He concluded his round with birdies at 8 and 9, the latter of which from just six feet or so. He's the fourth in circuit history to sign for a 59. The last to turn the trick was Jason Gore at the 2005 Cox Classic. Wilcox entered the week ranked sixth on the money list, so he'll be a rookie on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14.
Jul 14 - 7:22 PM

After turning in a steady, 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the John Deere Classic, David Hearn went on to lose in a five-hole playoff to Jordan Spieth.

The Canadian jumped out to a nice start with a birdie on the first hole but gave it back with a bogey on the third. It was all pars until an 11'3" birdie bid found the bottom of the cup on the par-4 13th. Still chasing and needing another birdie, he rattled home a 25'6" putt on the par-3 16th, then managed a critical par from 5'3" to join the playoff with Spieth and Zach Johnson; all finishing at 19-under 265. With pars to survive the first four holes, Hearn failed to get up and down for par on the par-4 18th where the tournament ended. His consolation prize is that the P2 is his best finish in 108 PGA TOUR starts.
Jul 14 - 6:29 PM

Zach Johnson failed to go back-to-back at the John Deere Classic, losing in a five-hole playoff to Jordan Spieth.

Johnson began to run away with the tournament with four birdies to just one bogey in his first eight holes, but hopped on the par train for much of the back nine. He finally got on the board with a birdie on the par-5 17th, but a bogey at 18 dropped him into a tie with Spieth and David Hearn at 19-under-par 265. ZJ signed for a 3-under 68 in regulation. On the last playoff hole -- the par-4 18th -- he rolled in a long conversion from the fringe; alas, it was for bogey since he rinsed his approach after his tee ball came to rest behind a tree. He had a reasonable chance to win outright on the same hole as the second hole used in the playoff -- the order was 18-18-16-17-18 -- but his birdie run from 10'5" burned the right edge. The bright side is that Johnson will head to The Open Championship with his best finish of the season.
Jul 14 - 6:17 PM

With a par on the fifth playoff hole, Jordan Spieth emerged with the victory at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth looked to be out of the tournament when he bogeyed the par-4 15th, but then provided the galleries at TPC Deere Run a dramatic finish. After finding the greenside bunker on the par-4 18th, he jarred his blast with an aggressive play to post 19-under 265. He opened the playoff by matching pars with Zach Johnson and David Hearn on the first four playoff holes (18-18-16-17) before those two bogeyed the par-4 18th on the third time through. Spieth had crafted a punch shot from the right rough that came to rest just over the green on the fringe. He putted to within tap-in range, and then waited for Hearn to give his par attempt a go; it never threatened. Spieth is the fourth-youngest winner on the PGA TOUR since 1900. He also claims the final exemption in this week's Open Championship and earns spots in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship. He's also moved to 11th in FedExCup points now that he's officially a member.
Jul 14 - 5:48 PM

Jim Herman spun a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to finish the week at 16-under 268.

This was Herman's 40th career start and it goes for his first top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR. He circled six birdies and gave back two bogeys on his final lap around TPC Deere Run. His irons were solid all week, landing 57 GIR in 72 tries.
Jul 14 - 5:28 PM

A week after nearly winning in West Virginia, Steven Bowditch fired a final-round 6-under-par 30-35=65 at the John Deere Classic to take the lead in the clubhouse at 15-under 269.

It goes to show what a couple of hot weeks on the PGA TOUR can do for a player. Entering The Greenbrier Classic, Bowditch looked like a guy with a very small chance of keeping his PGA TOUR card. His T2 in that event coupled with a possible top 10 at TPC Deere Run should come pretty close to securing that card and a spot in the field at The Barclays. His round featured seven birdies to just one bogey despite finding just half of his fairways. He did managed to land 15 GIR.
Jul 14 - 3:32 PM

Phil Mickelson came from behind to win the Scottish Open in a playoff over Branden Grace.

Trailing 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson by two shots entering the final round, Mickelson opened with a double bogey today, but he'd go on to circle seven birdies against one bogey over his next 16 holes. Never one to skirt drama, he'd then bogey the par-5 18th after finding the fairway off the tee and laying up from there, eventually posting 17-under 271. Returning to 18 for the playoff, Mickelson pitched his third from a swale to tap-in range for birdie. Grace's much longer putt for birdie never threatened, drifting well right of the hole. Stenson closed with a 73 to settle for a share of third place with JB Hansen at 15-under 273. Mickelson's title at linksy Castle Stuart in Inverness today is a splendid way to enter The Open Championship at Muirfield where he placed T66 in 2002.
Jul 14 - 2:49 PM




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