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The PGA of America has released its final field for next week's PGA Championship.

The field of 156 and first nine alternates were published today. Two spots are reserved for the winners of this week's PGA TOUR events if not already exempt. The following 41 golfers were added by special exemption, most for sitting inside the top 100 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking (in alphabetical order): Kiradech Aphibarnrat; Thomas Björn; Rafael Cabrera-Bello; Paul Casey; K.J. Choi; George Coetzee; Matt Every; Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño; Marcus Fraser; Hiroyuki Fujita; Stephen Gallacher; Branden Grace; Luke Guthrie; Mikko Ilonen; Ryo Ishikawa; Fredrik Jacobson; Thongchai Jaidee; Scott Jamieson; Miguel Angel Jiménez; Brendan Jones; Brooks Koepka; Pablo Larrazábal; Shane Lowry; Joost Luiten; Matteo Manassero; Hideki Matsuyama; Paul McGinley; Alexander Noren; Thorbjørn Olesen; Richie Ramsay; Brett Rumford; John Senden; Marcel Siem; Richard Sterne; Peter Uihlein; Jaco Van Zyl; Marc Warren; Tom Watson; Bernd Wiesberger; Danny Willett; Chris Wood.
Source: PGA.com
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Bill Lunde kept his name in the mix all day during round four of the Puerto Rico Open, penciling in a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to end the week on 18-under 270, good for a share of second place, two strokes off the winning pace of D.A. Points.

Playing on conditional status, Lunde was the last man to earn a spot in the field this week, on merit. He made sure he put the opportunity to good use, trading 23 birdies with just five bogeys on the week. His plan of attack was very balanced as he closed the week ranked T11 in fairways hit, T15 in GIR percentage, and 14th in Putts per GIR. Lunde was battling all day and made things really interesting when he chipped in for birdie at the 17th hole, getting within one stroke of D.A. Points to apply the pressure. He would go on to par the 18th while Points would birdie, but this week's result is still huge for Lunde. He picks up 116.66 FedExCup Points for his efforts and also earns a spot in next week's Shell Houston Open.
Mar 26 - 3:09 PM

World No. 634 D.A. Points resumed his ball-striking clinic in the final round of the Puerto Rico Open, cruising his way toward a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to close out the week on 20-under 268, good for the top spot in the field by two strokes, earning him a third PGA TOUR title in 285 starts.

The 40-year-old pelted 49 (of 54) greens in regulation over the first three rounds and remained locked in today as he found 15 more greens during his final navigation of Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. His four-day tally of 64 GIR was best in the field this week. It wasn't just good approach play that did the trick, because all that was set up by his accuracy off the tee, splitting 47 (of 56) fairways on the week to rank T1 in the field which also allowed him to take advantage of preferred lies for most the week. Points was playing the 2016-17 season out of the Web.com Tour graduate category. This win will improve that status and earn him a two-year exemption on TOUR, although it doesn't come with the privilege of a spot in the Masters field. This is the third PGA TOUR trophy collected by Points, previously winning the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and 2013 Shell Houston Open. Up next for him is an appearance at the site of that second win, the Golf Club of Houston.
Mar 26 - 2:52 PM

Bryson DeChambeau smoothed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during the final round of the Puerto Rico Open to end the week on 18-under 270 to join Retief Goosen as co-clubhouse leaders with play winding down for the week. UPDATE: With play finished for the week, DeChambeau got passed up by D.A. Points, finishing T2 on the week, a new personal best for the 23-year-old.

The SMU scientist was struggling with a two-way miss on Saturday but he corrected that today to split nine (of 14) fairways. With preferred lies in effect, he parlayed those fairways into 15 greens in regulation and circle five birdies along the way. That includes a clutch birdie putt from the fringe at the closing, par-5 18th hole. The closing birdie puts him at 18-under to join Retief Goosen as current clubhouse leaders. They will both wait patiently as the final groups play the final two holes. Even if he falls short, a top 10 will earn him a spot in next week's Houston Open, not too far from home. He is currently an alternate in that event.
Mar 26 - 2:10 PM

Top-seeded Dustin Johnson outlasted 54-seed Hideto Tanihara 1 UP in semifinals play of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to the Championship Match against first-timer and 21-seed Jon Rahm.

Johnson goes to 6-0-0 while Tanihara drops to 4-1-1 and plays for 3rd place vs. Bill Haas. The World No. 1 won the first with birdie (from 24'4"), lost the second (3-putt from 48'9"), and won the third with a 16-foot par-saver from the fringe (16'6"), despite hitting his tee shot OB. He went 2 UP with a 35'7" sidewinder for eagle at the par-5 sixth, and 3 UP with a 9-footer for birdie-2 at seven. Tanihara won his second hole, first with birdie, circling the eighth (7'9") after DJ missed his from 8'7", now 2 DOWN. Tanihara won the 10th (2-putt par) after DJ lipped a par-saver from 6'1". Johnson won the 12th with birdie-4 (8'0") to go 2 UP with Tanihara 3-putting from 18 feet for par. Tanihara fought back to all square though, circling the 13th and the 14th. DJ got back to 1 UP with birdie at the par-5 17th (6'5") and closed out with an 8'4" par-saver while Tanihara missed a 12-footer for birdie to extend the match.
Mar 26 - 2:04 PM

With tee times moved up due to the threat of inclement weather, Retief Goosen took advantage of the early tee time in round four of the Puerto Rico Open, styling a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 to take his claim as the early clubhouse leader on 18-under 270. UPDATE: With play finished for the week, Goosen got passed up by winner D.A. Points, but still finished the week with a T2 next to his name.

The 48-year-old arrived on the heels of nine straight missed cuts but started his week with rounds of 68-67-71=206 (-10) to set aside that poor form. He saved the best for last, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways today to take full advantage of lift, clean, and place. Goosen parlayed that into 16 greens, allowing him a stress-free navigation around Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. On the week, he's swallowed just two bogeys which has allowed him to throw his name into the mix despite ranking just T14 in total birdies at the moment. The South African has put some pressure on the leaders by submitting this early clubhouse lead, but he'll need them to really tighten up for it to hold. Whether it holds for a win or not, this will be his first top 10 since the 2015 Barracuda Championship (Solo 6th).
Mar 26 - 1:19 PM

21-seed Jon Rahm sent 42-seed Bill Haas to an afternoon consolation match with a 3-and-2 win in semifinals action of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to the Championship Match against the winner of the contest between 1-seed Dustin Johnson and 54-seed Hideto Tanihara. UPDATE: Rahm will face Johnson in the Championship Match, scheduled to begin at 3:15 pm ET.

Rahm improves to 6-0-0 while Haas drops to 4-2-0 and settles for a battle for 3rd place. The Spaniard, making his first Match Play appearance and second WGC overall (T3, Mexico), was down early, but never more than one hole. Haas won the par-4 third with a 36'8" splash for birdie and the duo halved the third with birdie-2s. Rahm leveled with birdie at the par-4 fifth and went 1 UP with birdie at the fifth. Haas squared the contest with birdie-2 at seven (from 16 feet) and they'd stay that way thru the 12th. Rahm took control with birdie-3 at 13 (6'11") and then closed out with back-to-back circles at 15 and 16 from 9'7" and 7'2", respectively.
Mar 26 - 1:17 PM

Making a last-ditch effort for the trophy, J.J. Henry fired a bogey-free, 9-under-par 29-34=63 during the final round of the Puerto Rico Open, falling short of winning at 16-under 272 but he tying the course record in the process.

Henry started the day in a share of 43rd place after backpedaling with his third-round 75. With preferred lies in effect, he rocketed out of the gates today with an eagle at the par-5 second and five more birdies before the turn. Henry would maintain a clean card by round's end thanks to a 4-for-4 scrambling effort. This was the third scorecard signed at 63 this week (Trey Mullinax/R1; Tim Wilkinson/R2) which ties the course record at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. It's also Henry's lowest round on TOUR since an 11-under 60 in R1 of the 2014 Shriners. The 41-year-old currently sits in T6 on the live leaderboard with a decent chance to pick up a top 10.
Mar 26 - 1:11 PM

Past champion Chesson Hadley settled for a 2-over-par 37-37=74 in round three of the Puerto Rico Open to give him a three-day tally of 2-under 214, making him one (of 10) golfers to miss out on the secondary cut this week.

The 2014 Puerto Rico Open champion started the week with rounds of 69-71=140. He failed to find his approach game today, finding just nine greens in regulation, despite preferred lies being in effect. Playing on conditional status, he's struggled to find many starts recently as this week was just his third of the 2016-17 season. Other golfers who made the 36-hole cut but will not have a fourth-round tee time include: 213- Cyril Bouniol, Richy Werenski, Greg Owen, Tag Ridings; 214- Jonas Blixt, Tyrone van Aswegen, Jonathan Byrd; 215- Fabrizio Zanotti, Joel Dahmen
Mar 25 - 7:03 PM

Chris Stroud sets his eyes on a maiden TOUR win following a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round three of the Puerto Rico Open, claiming sole possession of the lead on 15-under 201 heading into the finale.

The Texan managed the course nicely today with preferred lies in effect. He split 11 (of 14) fairways to give himself a good look at the flags. His approach play wasn't as tight as it could be (just 12 GIR) but his 6-for-6 scrambling effort kept his card clean. The lack of bogeys has been a trend for Stroud, who has tallied just three bogeys all week at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. Playing on conditional status at the moment, any finish inside the top 10 would go a long way. The 35-year-old veteran has his goals set higher as he looks to secure his first TOUR title. Stroud has three career podium already on his resume, with two of them coming outside the continental United States (T3/2014 CIMB Classic; T3/2014 OHL Classic). While he owns sole possession of the lead at day's end, there are 11 golfers within three shots of the lead and 25 golfers within four strokes.
Mar 25 - 6:15 PM

1-seed Dustin Johnson, who lost as an 8-seed in last year's quarterfinals, outlasted 8-seed Alex Noren 3-and-2 in this year's quarters of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and moves on to the semifinals where he'll face first-timer and 54-seed Hideto Tanihara, who beat 47-seed Ross Fisher 4-and-2.

This was a battle of the only two top-10 seeds that made it to the Round of 16, which was completed earlier today. Noren exits with a 4-1-0 record and a T5 in his third appearance, bettering a T17 on last visit in 2013. Overall, this was the Swede's 13th WGC event, and first top 10 (T12, 2017 HSBC). For Johnson, he improves to 5-0-0 after circling seven birdies against two bogeys. While he never trailed, building as much as a 3 UP lead two separate times (before the final margin), including when the duo reached the turn. However, beginning at No. 10, the World No. 1 lost three holes in a row, two of those with bogeys, falling all the way back to all square. He showed his moxie though, birdieing three of his next four holes, each from between four and 11 feet, ending the festivities with birdie at the par-5 16th.
Mar 25 - 5:48 PM

First-timer and 54-seed Hideto Tanihara knocked out 47-seed Ross Fisher 4-and-2 in quarterfinal play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will square off in the Final Four against 1-seed Dustin Johnson, who dispatched 8-seed Alex Noren 3-and-2.

Fisher exits stage right with a 3-2-0 record and a T5, just shy of his best of solo 4th on debut in 2009. Tanihara, who's playing his fourth overall WGC event but first Match Play, continued his surprising romp to the semifinals. He improved to 4-0-1 and with at least a top-4 finish, may be enough to get the World No. 60 into the Masters, only his second appearance and first since 2007. The 38-year-old was 1 DOWN early to Fisher's par at the first, and all square as late as the fifth, but took the lead for good with an up-and-down birdie at the par-5 sixth. Tanihara built the lead to 5 UP thru 13 holes, two of the wins with birdies at nine and 13, gave two back after back-to-back birdies for the Englishman at 14 and 15, but closed out with a concession at the par-5 16th.
Mar 25 - 5:34 PM




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