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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

World No. 20 Webb Simpson stalled out to a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational and at 3-over 70-73=143, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 78 players from a field of 121 made the cut of 2-over 142. Simpson, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to hit the road. He checked in off a win at THE PLAYERS two weeks ago and had posted back-to-back top-5 finishes at Colonial, including a T3 in 2016 as 36-hole co-leader, and a solo 5th last year as a 36-hole co-leader and 54-hole leader. This is the 32-year-old's second MC of the season in 15 starts (WMPO) and snaps a streak of four straight top-25 finishes. He mustered five birdies against eight bogeys and ranked 104th in SG: Putting (-2.685). Other early exits include: 143- Aaron Wise .. 144- Xander Schauffele .. 145- Jason Dufner; Scott Piercy .. 146- two-time champ Zach Johnson; Patrick Cantlay .. 150- Ryan Palmer .. 153- Cameron Smith.
May 25 - 7:55 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 323 Seamus Power was disqualified after the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational. UPDATE: Via PGA TOUR Communications in their second-round notes, Power was DQ'd for signing an incorrect scorecard.

As of press time, no reason has been supplied for the DQ, his first in 43 events. The 30-year-old handed in a 4-over-par 37-37=74 after R2, lowlighted by a double bogey-6 and triple bogey-7. Combined with an opening 73 for 7-over 147, he was going to miss the cut anyway, currently five off the projected cut line. The North Carolina resident, who entered the week 122nd in the FedExCup standings, is not in the published field at next week's Memorial Tournament.
May 25 - 7:19 PM

Dallas resident Jordan Spieth pieced together a 2-under-par 34-34=68 during the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational, climbing more than 20 spots on the live leaderboard to reach 3-under 137 at the midpoint, seven shots off the pace set by Justin Rose.

The Texas Longhorn landed 13 greens in regulation to set up five birdie conversions. The longest came from 14'3" (fringe) at the par-4 10th while the other four were all from inside seven feet. The lack of putts dropping continues to be the story for Spieth as he ranks 108th in strokes gained putting on the week and 190th for the season. Today, he missed a pair of putts from inside six feet while he missed three chances from inside nine feet on Thursday (including a 2'10" attempt). Despite the balky putter, Spieth sits at T23 on the live leaderboard, seven shots behind the leader Justin Rose. He's always a threat to soar up a leaderboard but he will need to sync up his putting. Having lost strokes putting in 8 of his 10 ShotLink events on the season, it no longer seems like it's just a matter of time.
May 25 - 7:09 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 68 Emiliano Grillo fashioned a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational to reach 9-under 131, up one place to solo 2nd, one short of 36-hole leader Justin Rose. UPDATE: Grillo will play with Rose out of the final twosome in Round 3.

This ties the Argentine's best position thru 36 holes in his 73rd event. He was solo 2nd at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invite, eventually finishing T7, and was tied 2nd at the 2016 Barclays, where he finished T2. The 25-year-old found 10 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.051 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 2.180 approaching-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 18, 1 and 3, outflanked by six birdies at 10, 11, 13, 17, 2 and 4, three in the 28-33 foot range. The Bradenton, Florida, resident posted 1.455 putts per GIR and 3.364 SG: Putting, currently No. 1 in both of those stats thru 36 holes at 1.480 and 7.661, respectively.
May 25 - 7:05 PM

World No. 236 Robert Garrigus withdrew during the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational citing a back injury.

This is the 40-year-old's 13th mid-tourney WD in 322 events, first since the 2016 Barclays. He was 2-over thru nine holes, 6-over total, when he called it a day. The Phoenix resident was making his third appearance, first since a best of T64 in 2008.. He opened with a 4-over 74, outbalancing two birdies with four bogeys and double bogey-6.
May 25 - 3:29 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 29 Satoshi Kodaira carded a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational to post 7-under 133, up five spots on the live leaderboard to T3, three adrift of clubhouse leader Justin Rose. UPDATE: With R2 completed, Kodaira is T3 and will play out of the penultimate twosome in Round 3 with Brooks Koepka.

The 28-year-old followed his maiden TOUR win at the RBC Heritage with a T32 in Japan and back-to-back missed cuts at THE PLAYERS and the Byron Nelson. He's back on track this week and is solid across all aspects of his game. The six-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour found 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.119 strokes off-the-tee and 2.819 tee-to-green. He squared two bogeys at 10 and 16 (3-putt from 45'8"), outpaced by five circles at 1, 11, 12, 15 and 17, all from 10 feet and in. Kodaira recorded 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.859 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
May 25 - 2:04 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 11 Brooks Koepka spun a day-low, 7-under-par 33-30=63 in the second round of the Fort Worth Invitational to reach 7-under 133, up 58 places on the live leaderboard to T3, three short of clubhouse leader Justin Rose. UPDATE: With R2 completed, Koepka is T3 and will play out of the penultimate twosome in R3 with Satoshi Kodaira.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 28-year-old hit eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.290 strokes off-the-tee and 2.308 around-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 5 (failed sand save), smothered by eight birdies, including seven birdie-3s. The FSU product's split featured five conversions from between 11 and 20 feet, adding a hole-out birdie-3 at 14 from 47'9" away. He posted 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.392 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. Koepka checked in off a T11 at THE PLAYERS, highlighted by a day- and week-tying-low 63 (9-under), that included an albatross on the par-5 16th.
May 25 - 1:51 PM

Justin Rose remained dialed in on day two of the Fort Worth Invitational, twirling a 6-under-par 32-32=64, reaching 10-under 130 on the week to stake his claim as the clubhouse leader with play still in progress.

Rose gained 3.204 strokes approaching-the-green in R1 but couldn't warm up the flat stick. It looked like more of the same today as he opened on the back nine with four approach shots inside 15 feet, walking away with four pars. The scoring finally picked up with a trio of birdies at 14 thru 16, all from inside 10 feet. Rose's irons remained dialed in all day, setting up scoring chances inside 17 feet on all but six holes. He would also add a bonus birdie (34'10") at the 6th. If this lead holds it will be his 13th career 36-hole lead/co-lead, first since the 2017 Farmers. Rose is 2-for-12 in converting those into victories, while 10 of the last 11 have resulted in top 5s. Gamers should expect the Englishman to populate his name near the top of the leaderboard all weekend.
May 25 - 1:49 PM

Tommy Fleetwood sashayed into contention at the BMW PGA Championship on Wentworth's West Course, his second round 6-under-par 32-34=66 earning him a 36-hole total of 8-under 136 and solo third on the live leaderboard, four swings behind leader Rory McIlroy.

A first sub-70 effort on Fridays at Wentworth for the Englishman and potentially just his second top 20 in seven attempts. He is also on course to better his career-best effort of T6 in 2015. His front nine was flawless with birdies at the second, fourth and sixth. Coming home he gained a shot at the 13th, gave it back at the 15th, then raced home with a hat-trick of par-breakers. He had chipped-in with exquisite skill on the 13th, but when he did so again, at 16, it was outrageous luck; the ball was running fast, hit the pin, dropped. He was more straightforward on 17 (from 5'0") and on 18 (with a superb approach and two-putt).
May 25 - 1:06 PM

Chris Stroud played 24 holes at this week's Fort Worth Invitational before withdrawing due to a knee injury. He was 2-over-par at the time of his WD.

The Texan steadied a 1-under-par 35-34=69 during round one. It was a ho-hum round that featured 15 pars, gaining 2.268 strokes putting around the green. He returned this morning and started his second round on the back nine. Stroud got plenty of action in the sand today, finding six bunkers in six holes played, swallowing three bogeys to reach 2-over on the week. He was still well within reach of the cut line which currently sits at Even par. Stroud also withdrew during round two of the Valero Texas Open last month, so it's possible this has been nagging him for some time. He hasn't posted a top 25 since the limited-field Tournament of Champions in January (T11). Gamers should steer clear until he shows any signs of regained form. This is his 13th career mid-tournament WD.
May 25 - 10:40 AM

Rory McIlroy blitzed Wentworth's West Course for a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 in round two of the BMW PGA Championship in England, his 36-hole total of 12-under 132 currently good enough for a four-shot lead on the live leaderboard.

Two behind at start of play, McIlroy suffered early frustration as he missed birdies putts inside ten feet at each of the first three holes. But he got the circle count going with a gain at 4 and added further red numbers at 7 and 9 to turn in 32. He kept his foot on the gas by ticking 12 and 13, holed for birdie-2 at 14 and made it four birdies on the spin by draining a 30-footer at 15. With par 5s to come at 17 and 18 he was looking at building a huge lead but the 2014 champion here couldn't cash in further. Today's 65 matches his lowest lap at Wentworth, set back in 2009 when he posted T5. It's also his first bogey-free round in 26 attempts at the West Course. With conditions soft, McIlroy looks to be in his element and he'll be hard to stop on the weekend.
May 25 - 7:52 AM




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