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In his first appearance at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Michael Thompson enjoyed a 7-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

It just goes to show that we never know how a guy will score at any time. This is Thompson's lowest number in relation to par since he closed out a solo fourth at the 2011 Travelers Championship with an 8-under 62. He landed 16 greens in regulation at Kapalua today and poured in eight birdies. The set featured rolls of 10 feet and 17'10" at the sixth and 11th holes, respectively, but his longest conversion measured 35'5" at No. 7, where he got up and down for par from the rough short and right of the putting surface.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 08:29:00 PM

Will Zalatoris has withdrawn from the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship after requiring an appendectomy.

Talk about having a day. It was just a few hours ago that we notified you that he had received one of the last two sponsor exemptions into the tournament. However, as relayed by Golfweek.com, Zalatoris' mom said that Will awoke this morning with strong pain. Upon examination, doctors found a perforation and performed surgery immediately. "We hated hearing about Will’s medical issue this morning, but right now we’re just wishing him well for a speedy recovery, and we are confident he’ll be back playing in this tournament in the future," said David Corrigan, chairman of the tournament. Zalatoris is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
May 25 - 3:48 PM

Troy Matteson navigated Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper, Texas, in bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-31=62 in today's open qualifier for the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, good for a share of medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.

The two-time PGA TOUR winner buried an eagle and five birdies on the modified track. Due to recent rain in the area, the 14th and 18th holes were converted to par 3s, giving the layout six for the four-spotter. Creighton Honeck also went bogey-free, scoring 7-under 29-33=62 with seven birdies. Austin Cook was the third to post 62, doing so with an eagle, six birdies and one bogey en route to respective nines of 32 and 30. Christopher Brown wrangled the final spot up for grabs with a 6-under 31-32=63. He poured in eight birdies before closing bogey-par-bogey. The field at TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas is now complete at 156.
May 25 - 3:40 PM

Alexander Levy of France completed the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in England in 11-under-par 66-67=133, good for medalist honors among 11.

The 24-year-old traded 14 birdies with three bogeys on the Old and New Courses at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, to punch his ticket for his debut in the major. The other 10 exemptions into the field of 156 at Chambers Bay are as follows (* = survived 5-for-4 playoff): Shiv Kapur (134); John Parry (135); Alex Noren (136); Lucas Bjerregaard (137); Jason Palmer (137); Marcel Siem (138); Thomas Aiken* (139); Marcus Fraser* (139); Garth Mulroy* (139); Tjaart van der Walt* (139). Notables that failed to qualify include: 140--Peter Uihlein (winner of the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay); Padraig Harrington; Emiliano Grillo ... 141--Ross Fisher ... 143--Robert Karlsson ... 144--Nicolas Colsaerts ... 147--Mikko Ilonen ... 148--Scott Hend.
May 25 - 3:06 PM

At 14-under-per 65-65=130, W.C. Liang breezed to medalist honors at today's U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Japan's Kinojo Golf Club in Soja in the Okayama Prefecture.

Five berths into the season's second major were at stake today. The 36-year-old from China buried 16 birdies against just two bogeys. He missed the cut in his debut at the U.S. Open in 2014. Masahiro Kawamura of Japan took runner-up honors at 12-under 65-67=132. The 21-year-old converted an eagle and 11 birdies while dropping just one shot. He'll be making his major debut at Chambers Bay. The remaining three spots were decided in a five-way playoff among those at 11-under 133. Seuk-hyun Baek (67-66), Kurt Barnes (67-66) and Hiroyuki Fujita (66-67) survived. Notables that failed to qualify include: 133-- Shunsuke Sonoda (first alternate from this site); Toru Taniguchi (second alternate) ... 135--Hiroshi Iwata ... 137--former PGA TOUR member Kenichi Kuboya; Ashun Wu ... 138--Yuta Ikeda ... 139--Hyung-Sung Kim.
Source: USOpen.com
May 25 - 5:22 AM

As a result of uninspiring results, Jarrod Lyle has decided not to play again during the 2014-15 season, sitting out until the Frys.com Open in October.

He's nowhere near his projection entering the season. It's hard enough to resume competitive golf at the highest level, much less in the wake of his serious health battles. So, Lyle and his family will repair their homeland of Australia to regroup. "I need to stress that this decision has nothing to do with my recent illness; I am still healthy and cancer-free," he said. "As the year progressed, it has become increasingly obvious that I am simply not in a position to compete on the PGA TOUR. My goal every single week out here, just like the rest of the field, is to play my best and to be competitive. ... My family and I have had a tough road over the last few years, and now that my health has been given the all clear it is time to turn my attention fully to my career. Just like I did whatever it took to fight for my life in the last few years, I am now going to do whatever it takes to fight for my job."
Source: SBS.com.AU
May 24 - 9:07 PM

With a piece of 10th place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Ben Martin played his way into an exemption for The Open Championship on July 16-19.

Martin started the week slotted 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking from which the top 50 in today's latest edition would be exempt into the field of 156 at St. Andrews. He opened and closed Colonial with 4-under 66s and finished as one of eight at 9-under 271, three strokes off the pace of champion Chris Kirk. As a result, Martin moved to 48th in the OGWR. He's one of eight previously ineligible who punched tickets into the season's third major. The others: J.B. Holmes (13th in the OWGR); Brandt Snedeker (32nd); Ryan Moore (34th); Paul Casey (36th); Branden Grace (37th); Matt Every (46th); Bernd Wiesberger (47th).
May 24 - 8:20 PM

At 2-under-par 69-71-69-69=278, Paul Casey settled for a share of 43rd place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but he leaves town with an exemption into the U.S. Open on June 18-21.

Truth be told, the Brit knew that he'd be exempt once the Official World Golf Ranking was updated following the conclusion of all action this weekend. The top 60 in the latest edition are granted tee times at Chambers Bay. At 36th, Casey is one of 24 previous ineligible that are now officially in the major. The others: J.B. Holmes (13th in the OWGR); Ian Poulter (24th); Lee Westwood (26th); Jamie Donaldson (27th); Victor Dubuisson (30th); Ryan Moore (34th); Thongchai Jaidee (35th); Branden Grace (37th); Danny Willett (39th); Anirban Lahiri (43rd); Miguel Angel Jiménez (44th); Joost Luiten (45th); Matt Every (46th); Bernd Wiesberger (47th); Ben Martin (48th); Shane Lowry (50th); Stephen Gallacher (51st); Tommy Fleetwood (52nd); Charley Hoffman (55th); George Coetzee (57th); Francesco Molinari (58th); Marc Warren (59th); Marc Leishman (60th).
May 24 - 8:01 PM

Chris Kirk authored a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in today's final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational to post 12-under 268, good for a one-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up.

Kirk began his final frame in a two-way tie for fourth and three shots back of the 54-hole lead. He required 27 putts on his round, but none was more crucial or clutch than the 7'1" putt he drained at the last for par. On his round, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and went 5-for-6 in scrambling. The 30-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on May 8, recorded an eagle-3 on the first and a birdie on the ninth, book-ending his lone bogey at the par-4 seventh. He added par breakers on Nos. 12 and 15, closing the weekend 65-66 for the victory. This is Kirk's fourth PGA TOUR title in 131 starts as a professional. It's his first since the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship. He's already exempt into all of the remaining majors and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
May 24 - 6:22 PM

Colin Montgomerie navigated the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana, to the tune of 8-under-par 72-69-70-69=280, good for a four-stroke victory at the 76th edition of the Senior PGA Championship.

The defending champ slept on a three-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, and then traded six birdies with three bogeys in the finale. Esteban Toledo finished alone in second place at 4-under 284. Woody Austin took solo third at 3-under 285. Langer closed with 74 for outright sixth place at even-par 288. For the week, Montgomerie totaled 15 birdies and dropped just seven strokes, all with bogeys. He won't turn 52 until June, but this is already his third title in a major on the 50-and-over circuit. Today's exempt him into the PGA Championship on Aug. 13-16. He missed the cut the first time the major was contested at Whistling Straits in 2010, but the Scot survived last year's test at Valhalla and placed T69. Incidentally, because he also won the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, he's already exempt into the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on June 18-21.
May 24 - 5:50 PM

Jordan Spieth painted a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 11-under 269 was good for a three-way tie for second with Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

Spieth holed his 18'7" birdie putt on the 18th, sending the Sunday gallery into a frenzy, but alas, he would fall one short of the winner Chris Kirk. The Dallas native, who now has three seconds to go with two victories this season, began the day at 6-under (T10) and five shots back of the lead. On the round, he striped 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation. Of note, he hit all seven fairways and all nine GIR on his inward half. Spieth's five-birdie set included rolls from 27'1" and 22'8" on Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. His lone blemish came as a three-putt from 48'1" on the par-3 16th. This is a career best in three appearances at Colonial for the 21-year-old. The FedExCup points leader collected 208 FedExCup points for his effort and now owns a 630-point margin over Jimmy Walker in second place.
May 24 - 5:47 PM

With a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, Byeong-Hun An soared to his first victory on the European Tour and became the first from Asia to win this tournament.

The 23-year-old South Korean posted 21-under 267 to set the tournament record, six strokes clear of co-runners-up Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jiménez. An hit 14 greens and needed only 22 putts en route to an eagle and five birdies today. The 3 at the par-5 12th was inches from an albatross. (You can view the shot here.) After sharing the 54-hole lead with Francesco Molinari, who led outright after 18 and 36 holes, the Italian opened the finale with a bogey-5 and drifted into sole possession of fifth place nine swings back after a closing 74. "I'm still really excited and over the moon right now," said the champ. "I wasn't expecting this. I didn't know that a win was this close. It came all of a sudden. I've been playing well all year but I never thought I would win this event." Included in the spoils, An is now exempt into the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone.
May 24 - 1:27 PM




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