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Nicolas Colsaerts was one of three members of the 2012 Ryder Cup to qualify for next week's PGA Championship.

One of the qualifying criterion into the major allows for all Ryder Cuppers to play provided they rank inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking at the conclusion of this weekend's action around the globe. Colsaerts is 42nd and was one of three that hadn't previous qualified. The other two from the biennial event that needed this exemption to play Oak Hill are Francesco Molinari (39th) and Paul Lawrie (51st). All golfers inside the top 100 in the OWGR are traditionally awarded a special exemption into the major, so expect an announcement from the PGA of America on this soon.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 10:52:00 AM

Justin Lower holed nine birdies at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club en route to a 6-under-par 34-30=64 and co-medalist honors at the open qualifier for The McGladrey Classic.

You may recall that Lower is the golfer whose father and brother were killed in a single-car crash when he was a teenager. They were en route to picking him up at a golf course. The Memorial granted him a sponsor exemption this past summer, but he missed the cut. On Monday at Brunswick, Lower was birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys after five holes. He converted all of his birdies in an 11-hole stretch beginning at No. 6. "The Big Break Greenbrier" champ Mark Silvers shared medalist honors at 6-under 32-32=64. He traded seven birdies with one bogey. The McGladrey will be his fifth PGA TOUR start; he's still chasing his first payday. The final two berths were snagged by Patrick Newcomb (4-under 36-30=66; 8 birdies, 2 bogeys, 1 double) and Andy Pope (4-under 34-32=66; 7 birdies, 1 bogey, 1 double). Both survived a 5-for-2 playoff that included PGA TOUR winner Marc Turnesa and former TOUR member Casey Wittenberg. The field at Seaside is now complete at 132.
Oct 21 - 1:27 PM

Rory McIlroy announced that his ongoing legal dispute will force him to miss playing time in the coming weeks.

The Irish Independent reported that the world's top-ranked golfer will take a pass on either the BMW Masters (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) or the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (Nov. 6-9). If he sits out both, he's unlikely to skip the DP World Tour Championship on Nov. 20-23. The annual stop in Dubai concludes the European Tour season.
Oct 20 - 5:29 PM

Sixteen golfers qualified for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions from the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking.

An array of qualifying criteria into the 78-man field at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 6-9 centered on this weekend. Whether all of the qualifiers will compete is another story, but here's the list of those previously ineligible until the OWGR was released (current world ranking): Phil Mickelson (11th); Jordan Spieth (14th); Tiger Woods (17th); Keegan Bradley (27th); Steve Stricker (28th); Bill Haas (29th); Webb Simpson (31st); Jason Dufner (32nd); Kevin Na (34th); Graham DeLaet (41st); Ian Poulter (43rd); Brendon Todd (44th); Brandt Snedeker (45th); Marc Leishman (47th); Ryan Moore (48th); Gary Woodland (49th).
Oct 20 - 5:39 AM

With Kevin Streelman charging, Ben Martin claimed his first PGA TOUR victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Martin closed with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 to post 20-under 264, two strokes clear of Streelman. The Clemson product enjoyed a four-stroke lead when he made the turn, but a bogey at the par-4 11th while Streelman was securing five birdies on his last seven holes briefly slid Martin into the role of a chaser. The would-be champ answered when it mattered, finding the green with a driver the par-4 15th and securing a two-putt birdie, and then holing an eagle from 46'5" at the par-5 16th to overtake Streelman for good. Martin ended the round in style, converting a 19-foot birdie on the par-4 18th. He finished the week second in strokes gained: putting, tied for third in greens hit and seventh in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Not bad for a guy that missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 79 at last week's Open. With this victory, he is exempt into the Masters, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
Oct 19 - 8:04 PM

Kevin Streelman fired a final-round 6-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to post the clubhouse lead at 18-under 266.

Streelman put together a round reminiscent of his win at the 2014 Travelers Championship. At the Travelers, he stole the win by circling birdies on his last seven holes. Similarly, he birdied five of his last seven at TPC Summerlin on Sunday. Three of those birdies were of note, holing putts of 23'9", 11'8" and 17'9" on the 12th, 13th and 17th holes. He found 16 GIR for the second consecutive round and was tied for the lead in GIR for the week at the time of his posting. He will now wait to see how Ben Martin plays the final two holes to see if a win or a playoff are in his future.
Oct 19 - 7:39 PM

David Lipsky, Anirban Lahiri and Scott Hend earned exemptions into the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions on Nov. 6-9.

The trio sits a respective 1-2-3 on the Order of Merit on the Asian Tour. The top three through the Hong Kong Open are exempt into the 78-man field at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Lipsky is a rising American via Northwestern University. He has one win, a T2 and a T4 in nine starts on circuit. He tied for 72nd in his debut at the WGC-HSBC at Mission Hills in 2012. The 26-year-old is already exempt into the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Lahiri will be making his debut in the WGC-HSBC. The 27-year-old Indian has a win and five other top 10s in 12 starts this season, but he's $325K in arrears of Lipsky's pace in earnings. Hend snuck in the side door for his third consecutive appearance at the WGC-HSBC with today's victory in Hong Kong. He hadn't placed better than T18 in five previous starts this season.
Oct 19 - 4:09 PM

Marc Warren has secured an exemption into his first World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The top 15 not otherwise exempt in the Race to Dubai standings after this weekend's doubleheader punched tickets into the field of 78 at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 6-9. This qualifying criterion was expanded by 10 over last year's edition. Warren sits 20th in the R2D. The other 14 qualifiers are (R2D rank): Jamie Donaldson (4th); Joost Luiten (9th); Mikko Ilonen (10th); Stephen Gallacher (11th); Shane Lowry (13th); Thongchai Jaidee (15th); Tommy Fleetwood (17th); Miguel Angel Jiménez (18th); Alexander Levy (19th); Jonas Blixt (21st); Ernie Els (24th); Francesco Molinari (26th); Edoardo Molinari (27th); Simon Dyson (28th).
Oct 19 - 3:36 PM

With a par on the only hole of sudden death, Australian Scott Hend walked away with the trophy at the Hong Kong Open, his first on the European Tour.

The tournament was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour where Hend had five victories prior to this one. He closed out regulation at Hong Kong Golf Club in 13-under 267, matched only by Angelo Que of the Philippines, who bogeyed the 18th hole in the playoff. Both golfers began the final round chasing Marcus Fraser. The Aussie stumbled home in 2-over 72 to open the door; he settled for a share of fifth place. Before today's breakthrough, Hend's best finish in 104 starts on the European Tour was a T2 at the 2007 Volvo China Open.
Oct 19 - 2:25 PM

With his victory at today's Japan Open, Yuta Ikeda has earned an exemption into the 2015 Open Championship.

Ikeda slept on a three-stroke margin, but closed in 2-over-par 36-36=72 with two birdies, two bogeys and one double. Nevertheless, he posted 10-under 270 to clip Shingo Katayama and Satoshi Kodaira by one. Prayad Marksaeng finished alone in fourth three shots adrift of Ikeda. PGA TOUR rookie Sung Joon Park shared 16th place at 2-under 278. World No. 2 Adam Scott placed T38 at 4-over 284. Ikeda will be making his fourth appearance in the season's third major and his second at St. Andrews (2010, MC). In his last start, he tied for 38th at Royal St. George's in 2011.
Oct 19 - 1:05 PM

Mikko Ilonen turned down Henrik Stenson 3 and 1 in the finale of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at The London Golf Club in England.

The Finn went bogey-free over 17 holes and picked off five birdies, including a 3 at the 17th hole to secure his fifth title on the European Tour. He won five holes earlier in the match, two of which with pars. Stenson drew first blood with a birdie at the par-3 fourth, but Ilonen squared it with a par at the par-4 fifth. The eventual champ took the lead he wouldn't relinquish with a birdie-2 at No. 8. In a format that serves as a template for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Ilonen survived his pool that included Graeme McDowell, Joost Luiten and Alexander Levy. Luiten handed Ilonen his only loss of the week with a 1-up survival in the opener. Ilonen went on to conquer Victor Dubuisson in the quarterfinals and avenge Luiten in this morning's semis. Ilonen is now exempt into the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Oct 19 - 12:53 PM

Cameron Percy stubbed his toe with a 3-over-par 35-39=74 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and missed the 54-hole cut by a stroke at 3-under 210.

That means that a player making the cut on the number needed to shoot a 2-under 69 just to earn a final-round tee time. The best finish of Percy's career came at TPC Summerlin in 2010, when he lost to Jonathan Byrd in the epic playoff that ended with a hole-in-one by Byrd. Joining Percy on the sidelines on Sunday are Tommy Gainey (210), Camilo Villegas (210), Padraig Harrington (211), D.A. Points (211), John Peterson (211), Zachary Blair (211) and Stuart Appleby (217).
Oct 18 - 8:20 PM

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