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Steve Marino is scheduled to compete in this week's Greenbrier Classic.

If he doesn't withdraw, Marino will be making his debut at Greenbrier. It will also be the final start on his Major Medical Extension. To fulfill its terms and retain status, he needs to earn $310,841, which would require no worse than a solo fourth worth $312,000.00. (The purse is $6.5 million.) Short of that, he can secure conditional status (for which he needs $137,626) with a two-way share of 12th place that would pay $143,000.00. If Marino fails at the secondary objective, he'll lose his PGA TOUR status.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sun, Jun 29, 2014 06:05:00 PM

Emiliano Grillo toughed out a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in his opening round to join Danny Willett and Søren Kjeldsen at the top of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leaderboard.

On a day when Rory McIlroy couldn't break 80, Grillo kept battling away at windy Royal County Down and posted birdies at 17 and 18 to move into a tie at the top. He had three other par breakers on his card, at 1, 11 and 12, while he squared bogeys at 5, 15 and 16. The Argentine youngster split 8 (of 14) fairways, hit 12 greens in regulation and was 3-for-6 in scrambling.
May 28 - 9:16 AM

Søren Kjeldsen suffered a walk-off bogey-6 at 18 but a 2-under-par 33-36=69 was enough to secure a share of the clubhouse lead on day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Dane managed to hit 14 greens in regulation in the cold and blustering conditions at Royal County Down and that paved the way for a rare sub-70 lap on the iconic links. For now he's tied for the lead with England's Danny Willett and Argentine Emiliano Grillo. Kjeldsen started fast with three birdies in his first six holes. He wobbled with bogeys at 9 and 10 but got those shots back at 12 and 16 to climb back to 3-under. He split 9 (of 14) fairways and was 3-for-4 in scrambling, the only time he failed to get up and down coming at the last, the resulting bogey denying him the lead on his own.
May 28 - 9:04 AM

Rory McIlroy failed to card a single birdie in a miserable 9-over-par 39-41=80 in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

In harsh weather conditions at Royal County Down, McIlroy was blown completely off course and currently sits 108th and last in the field. His brutal morning lap featured nine bogeys and nine pars while his stats were a car crash. The four-time major champion split just 6 (of 14) fairways, hit only nine greens in regulation, was 1-for-9 in scrambling and took 36 putts. Credit to him, therefore, for speaking after his 18 holes of turmoil. "Nothing went well at all," McIlroy told Sky Sports. "I felt off the tee it was okay but as I got closer to the green the worse it got. My putting... my speed was off, I wasn't reading them properly and just lost confidence on the greens as the round went on." Today's round of 80 followed on from the 78 he carded on day two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The last time McIlroy shot 80? That infamous Sunday meltdown at the 2011 Masters.
May 28 - 8:55 AM

Danny Willett dug out a 2-under-par 34-35=69 to post the early clubhouse lead in round one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

In brutally tough conditions at Royal County Down, any round under par is worth its weight in gold and Willett bagged his by trading four birdies against just two bogeys. The Englishman, who finished T3 in this event, circled par breakers at three of the four par fives and also made a rare birdie at the 11th. He split only 7 (of 14) fairways but hit 12 greens in regulation. He kept his scorecard tidy by going 4-for-6 in scrambling.
May 28 - 8:41 AM

Jason Day has chosen not to compete in this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Another one bites the dust, but at least we have ample time to adjust. It's possible that the conditions at TPC Four Seasons are at the core of many of these withdrawals, but tournament officials are still planning on crowning a champion at the conclusion of 72 holes. UPDATE: Mike McAllister of PGATOUR.com relayed to his followers on Twitter that Day experienced dizziness during today's pro-am. He'll return home to Ohio for an evaluation.
May 27 - 11:49 AM

Ian Poulter alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's pulled out of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Poulter wrote, "I will not be competing this week in Texas, I picked up a slight strain in the Gym on Monday, so taking precautions and not chancing it." He didn't specify exactly what hurts, but he added in a follow-up tweet that he's not planning on playing again until the U.S. Open. He's been in good form, so this is a tough pill to swallow for some gamers, but that he's given us an entire day to adjust is appreciated. UPDATE: Mike McAllister of PGATOUR.com reported on Twitter that Poulter's injury is in his back.
May 27 - 10:25 AM

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




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