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Phil Mickelson is the defending champion of this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, but he's still undecided on whether he'll play even three days after withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open due to back pain.

One has to wonder if he tweaked something on the plane ride from Abu Dhabi a week ago, but Mickelson alluded to some details in a press release today following a visit to Tom Boers, who is a physical therapist in Dalton, Ga. "My facet joints had locked up," Mickelson revealed. "Tom restored my mobility, but I still have inflammation that will take a week or two to subside. If [the WMPO] was any other tournament I’d skip it, but I’m defending, it’s my second hometown and I love the event. I’ll have a light practice session and if it goes well I may try to play." Hyperbole has nothing on the Hall of Famer, but this is a real issue, so we'll continue to monitor and provide an update if warranted.
Jan 27 - 7:19 PM

Jason Kokrak fully intends to return to competition at next week's PGA Championship, Rotoworld has learned in an email from Kevin Canning of The Legacy Agency, Kokrak's management firm.

"Jason is playing next week," Canning wrote on Tuesday. "First week back. He hasn't walked 18 holes yet, but he has played a full round. He’s probably about 75 percent but he wasn't going to miss a major so we will see how it goes." Kokrak has been out of action since having surgery for a sport hernia. He last pegged it at THE PLAYERS where he missed the cut. Thanks to two top 10s and another six top 20s, he's still 73rd in the FedExCup standings. While he's perhaps not a wise fantasy investment at Valhalla, it's good news that he's far enough along in his recovery to give it a go.
Jul 30 - 9:29 PM

Jason Day continues to deal with an injury to his left thumb upon arrival at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

All bets should be off the Aussie this week as he's forced to play through pain that has dogged him for months. He pieced together a T58 at The Open Championship, but was seen at least once cringing due to the discomfort after making contact in the rough. "I'm still trying to be able to practice fully," he said. "I'm getting in practice but not at 100 percent and it's just really really frustrating." While he stated that an MRI on Monday revealed improvement in the thumb, he's making a significant modification this week. "I am trying to change my grip quickly and it feels awful right now, so I'm not to sure how I'm going to go this week," Day added. "Normally I come in a lot more prepared, but it is what it is. When you have an injury you have to work around it. I'm just trying to see where the game is for next week. And try to work on the positioning of the hands to bring less pain."

Jason Dufner acknowledged to today that an MRI revealed two bulging discs in his neck, according to PGATOUR.com's Brian Wacker.

"It makes it pretty tough," Dufner said. "Lack of sleep, lack of motion, lack of strength, a lot of different issues when you're dealing with your neck." He added that the discomfort surfaced the week of the Masters. He won't need surgery and he was administered a shot on Monday to help relieve the pain. Obviously, this isn't good news, but at least gamers have time to adjust lineups accordingly for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He tied for fourth at Firestone last year before emerging with the title at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill the following week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 30 - 5:38 PM

The PGA Championship added one dozen golfers to its field this week via special exemptions.

Once the automatic qualifiers were added on Sunday, the PGA of America typically exempts all of the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking. With Russell Knox (99th) and Fabrizio Zanotti (100th) getting berths, the season's final major is scheduled to become the first to host all of the top 100 in a single tournament. Withdrawals have precluded it from occurring before. Next, the following just outside the top 100 were granted entry: Danny Willett (102nd); Kevin Chappell (104th); Jason Kokrak (107th); Alexander Levy (108th); Kiradech Aphibarnrat (114th); Robert Karlsson (115th); Hideto Tanihara (117th); Stewart Cink (149th). Finally, two more openings were filled by the first two alternates outside the top 70 on the special money list that concluded in Canada: Scott Brown (71st) and Cameron Tringale (73rd). The last two spots in the field at Valhalla are reserved for the winners in Akron and Reno. Jerry Kelly and Pat Perez are alternates No. 1 and 2, respectively, at the PGA.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 29 - 1:51 PM

Matteo Manassero has accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR.

The 21-year-old qualified when he shared 19th place at The Open Championship. The 50.75 non-member FedExCup points he collected bumped him to 279.98 on the season. The target to qualify for STM is 278. He's made only eight starts, so he doesn't need the benefits of unlimited sponsor exemptions or starts. And he doesn't need STM to chase the top 125 in non-member FedExCup points or earnings for fully exempt status in 2014-15. The Wyndham Championship is the only remaining open before the FedExCup Playoffs for which he isn't eligible. So, the logical conclusion is that he accepted STM for the spot it affords in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. STM provides some insurance of another potential start if he can't earn the full nut at the PGA Championship. If Manassero doesn't receive a sponsor or foreign exemption into the Wyndham, his number may be called on merit. The cutoff for the field of 156 at Sedgefield often lands near the end of the conditional status category and top of the Beyond 150.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 28 - 7:52 PM

Sebastian L. Saavedra turned in a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-34=64 in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championiship at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, to earn medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.

The 28-year-old Argentine missed the cut in his PGA TOUR debut six weeks ago at the Travelers Championship where he also four-spotted. Today's experience was arguably more memorable. After opening with a par at the par-4 10th, he birdied the par-4 11th, and then jarred his tee ball at the par-3 12th for an ace. He chased it with yet another birdie at the par-4 13th, and would go on to circle four more. Kevin Lucas also went bogey-free, but managed only six birdies for a share of runner-up honors at 6-under 32-34=66. He'll be making his first PGA TOUR start this week, as will Jesse Schutte, who carded 6-under 34-32=66 with an eagle (at the par-5 18th) and six birdies against two bogeys. Stuart L. Smith signed for a 6-under 32-34=66 (7 birdies, 1 bogey) today to secure his fourth TOUR appearance. He's yet to make a cut. The field at Montrêux Golf and Country Club is now complete at 132.
Jul 28 - 5:50 PM

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational due to personal reasons, according to USATODAY's Steve DiMeglio on Twitter.

DJ's history of withdrawals is well-documented, and he's entitled not to compete for whatever reason, but he'll be a notable absentee nonetheless. Expect an update prior to next week's PGA Championship. UPDATE: It took nearly an hour after DiMeglio's scoop, but Johnson has been removed from the published field.
Jul 28 - 2:50 PM

Paul McGinley and Tom Watson are listed in the published field for the PGA Championship at Valhalla in two weeks.

On July 22, the PGA of America updated the field to include both Ryder Cup captains and 31 others, mainly internationals not otherwise exempt. All were slotted inside the top 97 of the Official World Golf Ranking through The Open Championship. In order of OWGR: Victor Dubuisson (21st); Thomas Björn (26th); Miguel Angel Jiménez (27th); Stephen Gallacher (31st); Jamie Donaldson (32nd); Thongchai Jaidee (33rd); Lee Westwood (34th); Francesco Molinari (42nd); Joost Luisten (46th); Mikko Ilonen (50th); Shane Lowry (59th); Koumei Oda (60th); Pablo Larrazábal (61st); Matteo Manassero (65th); George Coetzee (68th); Richard Sterne (69th); Bernd Wiesberger (70th); Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (71st); Rafael Cabrera-Bello (73rd); Brooks Koepka (77th); Ryo Ishikawa (78th); Paul Casey (81st); Anirban Lahiri (86th); Chris Wood (89th); Hyung-sung Kim (90th); Tommy Fleetwood (91st); Ross Fisher (92nd); David Hearn (93rd); Thorbjørn Olesen (94th); Branden Grace (95th); Edoardo Molinari (97th).
Source: PGA.com
Jul 28 - 2:07 AM

Jarrod Lyle spun a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic to tie for 11th at 11-under 273.

Considering this was his first action in the United States following his most recent bout with leukemia, the week was a rousing success. His ball-striking was superb as he led the tournament in greens in regulation at 80.56 percent and tied for second in driving accuracy at 78.57 percent. His 1.81 putting average was the only thing holding him back. Keep an eye on him in his two remaining rehab starts on the Web.com Tour. It's not out of the question for him to crack the top 75 on the money list, thus earning a spot in the Web.com Finals without the need for a medical exception to qualify.
Jul 27 - 9:16 PM

Zack Sucher signed for a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the Midwest Classic to secure his first Web.com Tour title by three strokes at 19-under 265.

While Sucher's five bogeys outpaced his four birdies at Nicklaus GC at LionsGate on Sunday, he did enough damage during his first three rounds to hold off all comers. The biggest news for the University of Alabama-Birmingham product is what this means for his future. Entering the week 20th on the money list, he now moves to fourth place. With the season quickly nearing completion, he is a lock to become a PGA TOUR rookie in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 9:08 PM

Ben Martin has qualified for his first appearance in the PGA Championship.

The PGA of America uses a special money list from which the top 70 gain entry into the field of 156 at Valhalla in two weeks. Using earnings from the concurrent WGC-Bridgestone and Barracuda Championship in 2013 through this weekend's RBC Canadian Open, Martin placed 68th. He was one of 29 exempt via this conduit specifically. The others: Jordan Spieth (second); Sergio Garcia (12th); Rickie Fowler (18th); Graham DeLaet (19th); Gary Woodland (20th); Kevin Na (28th); Bill Haas (37th); Luke Donald (40th); Charley Hoffman (41st); George McNeill (43rd); Charles Howell III (44th); Nick Watney (45th); Ryan Palmer (48th); Hunter Mahan (49th); Will MacKenzie (50th); Ian Poulter (52nd); Chris Stroud (53rd); Billy Horschel (54th); Erik Compton (56th); K.J. Choi (57th); Brian Stuard (58th); Brendon de Jonge (60th); Brendan Steele (61st); Brandt Snedeker (62nd); Daniel Summerhays (63rd); Rory Sabbatini (64th); Jason Bohn (67th); Freddie Jacobson (70th).
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