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With a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in his final round of the Frys.com Open, Jimmy Walker picked up his first PGA TOUR victory, finishing the week at 17-under 267 and two clear of second place.

This was the first event of the 2013-14 season, but it was Walker's 188th PGA TOUR start, meaning it's been a long time in the making. After finishing the 2013 season 30th on the money list, he was on the short list of players expected to break through this season. Sunday's lap around CordeValle Golf Club included six birdies to just one bogey; he landed 16 GIR. Perhaps most surprising, he ranked 71st in driving accuracy this week at 39.29 percent. While finding just 22 of 56 fairways clearly wasn't important, putting was. The flat stick was the great equalizer. He picked up just over three strokes per round on the field en route to leading the tournament in strokes gained-putting. With this victory, he earns exemptions into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Masters, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 08:34:00 PM

Jason Day has decided not to compete in the Australian Open on Nov. 27-30.

That's over two months from now, but the Aussie is taking this time to recover after a PGA TOUR season that took a toll and then some. It's not unusual for him to sit out the last three months, but his focus will shift this time around. "I'm just trying to get healthy," he said last week. "I just want a healthy year where I can practice hard and get ready for tournaments and try and play the best I can without worrying about injuries in the back of my mind. I'm very encouraged with how I played this year with just 15 starts but I'm very motivated to get better for next season and really try and get to that No. 1 spot in the world. I feel like I've got the tools to get there. I just need to make sure that the body is right for me to win a lot more and achieve that goal. This offseason is very crucial for me just to make sure that the back, the thumb and my hips are all progressing the way I want them to be."

Eric Axley completed the Web.com Tour Finals with $36,311.66, good for the 50th and final position in the series.

Along with giving the 25 graduates of the Web.com Tour an opportunity to rise in in the ranks, 25 others would receive fully exempt status on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR via earnings in four tournaments. Axley cashed in all four, but placed no better than T12 in the second leg at the Chiquita Classic. However, his aggregate was enough to squeeze out former PGA TOUR member Roberto Castro by $31.66. The top 24 receiving cards are as follows (* = rookie; opening position in the reshuffle in parentheses): Bud Cauley (4); Colt Knost (6); John Peterson (7); Richard Sterne (9); *Zac Blair (11); Sam Saunders (13); Jim Herman (15); David Lingmerth (17); *Tom Hoge (19); Greg Owen (21); Tom Gillis (23); *Whee Kim (25); *Scott Pinckney (27); Tyrone Van Aswegen (29); Sean O'Hair (31); Heath Slocum (33); J.J. Henry (35); *Nick Taylor (37); Hudson Swafford (39); Alex Prugh (41); *Oscar Fraustro (43); *Sung Joon Park (45); Chad Collins (47); *Carlos Sainz, Jr. (49).
Sep 21 - 5:25 PM

With a four-way share of seventh place at the Web.com Tour Championship, Adam Hadwin surpassed Carlos Ortiz atop the circuit's money list.

Hadwin entered the season finale ranked second and $15,736 back of Ortiz, who missed the cut in Florida to open the door for the Canadian. Hadwin banked $30,125.00 at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. (Justin Thomas finished in third, $34,133 adrift of Ortiz.) As a result of today's success, Hadwin will be exempt from the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. He'll also receive an exemption to compete in THE PLAYERS over on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. While Ortiz didn't win the money title, he'll also be exempt from the reshuffle for winning three times this season, but does not get an invite to compete in THE PLAYERS.
Sep 21 - 5:03 PM

Derek Fathauer recorded a one-stroke victory at the Web.com Tour Championship.

The 28-year-old slept on the lead at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, and then closed with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to post 14-under 266. He led the field in putts per greens in regulation at 1.558. Zac Blair also turned in a 68 today for solo runner-up honors. Jason Gore took outright third three strokes behind the champ. It was the culmination of a terrific four weeks for Fathauer, who is headed back to the PGA TOUR for the first time since his rookie season of 2009. He placed a respective T9, T16 and T8 in the Web.com Tour Finals prior to today's breakthrough triumph on the development circuit in what was his 73rd start. Today's windfall of $180,000.00 vaulted him into the top spot in Web.com Tour Finals earnings at $250,133.33. Therefore, he will be exempt from the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR next season and receive an exemption to compete in THE PLAYERS.
Sep 21 - 4:47 PM

He didn't make it easy on himself, but Joost Luiten recorded a one-stroke victory over England's Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry of Ireland at the ISPS Handa Wales Open.

Luiten carried a two-shot lead in today's finale at The Celtic Manor Resort in City of Newport, but he closed with an even-par 38-33=71 to post 14-under 270. The Dutchman opened bogey-bogey and didn't find the first of three birdies until the par-5 11th hole. Sitting on the same margin with which he won entering the par-5 72nd hole, Luiten found trouble off the tee, but eventually lagged a cross-country putt to set up the tap-in par. Fleetwood carded a 4-under 37-30=67 and walked off birdie-eagle (at the par-4 15th)-birdie-birdie-birdie. Lowry traded four birdies with three bogeys for a disappointing 70. This is Luiten's fourth title on the European Tour and first since the 2013 KLM Open.
Sep 21 - 12:19 PM

With the 36-hole cut falling at the Web.com Tour Championship, the fate of many household names has been realized.

Sixty-six golfers survived at even-par 140 to play the weekend at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. The finale of the Web.com Tour Finals will graduate 25 golfers to the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. Ignoring those on known medical extensions and with conditional status next season, the list of notable MCs without fully exempt status next season is as follows (* = Past Champion status): 141--*Chad Campbell; Kevin Tway; Gary Christian ... 142--*Ryuji Imada ... 144--*Kyle Stanley; Patrick Rodgers ... 145--Casey Wittenberg ... 146--*Y.E. Yang ... 148--*Tim Herron ... 152--Roland Thatcher ... 153--James Driscoll ... WD--D.H. Lee; *Tim Petrovic; John Mallinger; *Richard S. Johnson.
Sep 20 - 1:21 PM

Tommy Gainey spun an 8-under-par 31-31=62 in his second round of the Web.com Tour Championship, establishing the course record at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Gainey split 12 (of 14) fairways and missed only one green in regulation en route to nine birdies and one bogey, that a 5 at the 15th hole. He birdied both par 3s on the back half of the track -- his front side today -- and both par 5s on the course. The likable native from South Carolina exhausted his PGA TOUR status earned when he won The McGladrey Classic in 2012. He finished the 2013-14 season ranked 156th in FedExCup points and 147th on the money list, and then opened the Web.com Tour Finals 0-for-3. So, even though he signed his card today sitting just inside the top 10 on the leaderboard, Gainey will need to keep the pedal down on the weekend to secure his return to the PGA TOUR.
Sep 19 - 2:14 PM

D.A. Points elected not to compete in this week's Web.com Tour Championship due to the concern among his brethren that he'd directly impact the final standings among the 25 chasing PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15.

Points is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR next season for winning the Shell Houston Open in 2013, but he wanted to sneak in some live action during his two-month break since he didn't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. However, because the Web.com Tour Finals is a four-event series and not a single tournament, the possibility exists that he could effectively reduce the earnings of a guy on the bubble for the top 25. Of course, his impact wouldn't be any different than any other golfer in the field, but the message is that Points doesn't need the money for a card. "I thought unless I finish in the top 4 or 5 it wouldn’t make a difference, but then guys were on me about it," he said. "I understand that and that’s not why I’m here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are playing in this. I’m not here to keep anybody from getting a job."
Sep 17 - 9:15 PM

Anthony Kim remains sidelined indefinitely and may be wrestling with a financial dilemma, according to Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck, who wrote an article on the golfer for the Sept. 22 edition of the magazine.

Shipnuck wove new reporting with quotes from old interviews in an attempt to piece AK's mystery together. Injuries, a philosophical disconnect with the PGA TOUR and the absence of a fit socially among members all contribute to Kim's disappearance, but perhaps the most relevant issue concerns an insurance policy that would reportedly pay him nearly $20 million for never hitting another golf ball in sanctioned competition. None of Kim's quotes are recent, so all of these angles as it relates to Kim's mindset today amounts to aggregate conjecture. If he returns, he'll be armed with a Major Medical Extension with 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status, but those numbers are mere formalities when compared to the saga that has so many golf fans and gamers scratching their heads.
Source: Golf.com
Sep 17 - 3:07 PM

Tiger Woods is on pace to return to competition at his newly sponsored Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida, on Dec. 4-7.

There's quite a bit of time between now and then, but the absence of a setback is a positive. "I've been busting my butt in the gym," he said at media day for the tournament today. "It's nice to be able to shut it down and get stronger." Getting physically fit is only part of the equation for the 14-time major champion that will turn 39 years old at the end of December, but he's only occasionally acknowledged that he needs to let his golf game evolve with his age and against the younger (and longer) competition. Assuming he's healthy, Woods is planning a "very full" schedule in 2015. Because he qualifies as a Life Member, he doesn't need to meet the membership minimum of 15 starts, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't eclipse that given today's expectation.
Sep 15 - 1:56 PM

Justin Thomas signed for a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to secure his first Web.com Tour win.

Thomas completed 72 holes at 6-under 278 and found himself tied with Richard Sterne. Thomas birdies the first hole of sudden death to clinch the title. In regulation, he circled three birdies to just two bogeys at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course. The University of Alabama product ranked inside the top six in driving accuracy, driving distance, greens in regulation and putting average for the week. He ended the regular season safely inside the top 25 to clinch a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card, bagging five top-five finishes, but was never able to close the deal. With the confidence of this win in the Web.com Tour Finals in his back pocket, expect him to make an immediate impact on the PGA TOUR next season.
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