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Bo Van Pelt charged up the leaderboard with a final-round 6-under-par 33-32=65 at the John Deere Classic to post the clubhouse lead at 16-under 268.

Van Pelt circled five birdies and an eagle to just one bogey on his navigation of TPC Deere Run. Four of his five birdies came from between 10 and 17 feet, but the real highlight was an approach from 224 yards to set up a 2'1" eagle on the par-5 second hole. The ball-striking was elite, as he split 13 of 14 fairways and landed 15 GIR. It's been a struggle for BVP this year, but this should hold up for his first top 10 of the 2013-14 season.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Padraig Harrington alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's going to be out of commission for several months with a knee injury.

The Irishman wrote, "I've had my MRI on my injure right knee. I've a tear in the meniscus. 3 months of managing it in the gym and then a winter op." He didn't specify how long he expects to be sidelined after surgery, but at 44 years of age, it'll probably be a little longer than if he were in his prime. Harrington finished the PGA TOUR season at 103rd in the FedExCup standings. He fully exempt through 2016-17 for winning The Honda Classic this past winter. He's currently 124th in the Race to Dubai standings, but that's only relevant to explain why he won't be missing anything on the European Tour while he recovers.
Sep 4 - 10:32 AM

Bradley Dredge compiled a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in his second round at the M2M Russian Open and holds the halfway clubhouse lead of 10-under 132.

That's two shots clear of first-round leader Daniel Gaunt and three in front of Ben Evans and Pablo Martin Benavides. Dredge took a different route to his second straight 66 at Skolkovo Golf Club. After hitting 15 greens in regulation in round one, he found just 11 in the right number on Friday but was a perfect 7-for-7 in scrambling to keep a bogey off his card. He started fast with birdies at 10, 12 and 13 and circled another at the par-5 18th to turn in 32. He quietened on the second nine with eight pars and a single birdie at 5. Dredge has made just one bogey over his first 36 holes but if he keeps putting this much pressure on his short game, he'll face a big challenge to hold his lead over the weekend. The most recent of his two European Tour wins came way back in 2006 so his loss of the winning habit is another factor to overcome.
Sep 4 - 6:30 AM

In a brief report filed by GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard on Aug. 29, it's anticipated that Sergio Garcia will return to competition at the BMW Championship on Sept. 17-20.

Hoggard cited Garcia's agent, Carlos Rodríguez, as the source. The golfer started the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 31st in points. He sat out The Barclays and slid to 43rd. He's not competing in this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, but will remain inside the top 70 to advance to the third leg at Conway Farms where he placed T18 in 2013. It behooves the Spaniard to play if for no other reason than it will mark his 15th start on the PGA TOUR this season, so he'll be fulfilling the membership requirement without the need of a dispensation for the Open de España in May. The TOUR has granted waivers for homeland events to golfers who can claim another tour as a home circuit.
Sep 3 - 10:10 PM

Bubba Watson sat out today's pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship due to a sore back.

Just as Jason Day (back) and Dustin Johnson (illness) withdrew from last week's pro-am for The Barclays, the lefty will take his turn concerning gamers about his ability to peg it at TPC Boston for Friday's first round. While Day (win) and DJ (T9) thrived at Plainfield, each issue must be approached individually, but investors can find relief in knowing that Watson is expected to play the DBC. He's scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:30 a.m. ET. Of course, nothing replaces the peace of mind of being prepared in the case of an 11th-hour WD.
Sep 3 - 5:51 PM

Scott Jamieson hung up a 6-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round at the M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club, good enough for a share of the day one lead alongside New Zealand's Daniel Gaunt.

The duo are a shot clear of Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge while an eight-man group at 4-under includes defending champion David Horsey. Taking advantage of his early tee time, the Scot circled birdies at 10 and 13 on his opening nine and reeled off four on the spin after making the turn. Only one of his gains came on the four par 5s so he'll feel there's more in the tank over the next three days. Jamieson paved the way for his bogey-free lap by splitting 12 (of 13) fairways while he hit 13 greens in regulation. He had 5-for-5 scrambling stats and was also a perfect 4-for-4 from sand. The 31-year-old was solo third when this event was staged at Tseleevo last year so the switch to a new venue has made no difference. In fact, he was also sixth in a Challenge Tour event in his only other start in Russia so he clearly relishes his trips to this part of the globe.
Sep 3 - 7:22 AM

Although eligible for fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16, Lee Westwood will not accept membership.

This is the word from International Sports Management (via Golfweek.com) for whom Westwood is a client. The Englishman is also going through a divorce and will instead focus on the European Tour in what will be a Ryder Cup year. He went 13-for-15 on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 with one top 10 and another seven top 25s before finishing 109th in the FedExCup standings. As a non-member, the 42-year-old will be capped at 12 starts plus special invitations into the majors and THE PLAYERS.
Sep 2 - 5:23 PM

Will Wilcox has withdrawn from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship due to an injury to his right knee.

In a descriptive entry on his website, Wilcox wrote, "On Monday morning of this week, I slammed my right knee into the dash of my rental car, which was set up much differently than my car, while getting in to drive to a fundraiser golf event outside of Atlanta. After attempting to treat it myself with rest and ice, the pain and swelling continued. Over the past few days, I have sought out multiple medical opinions. ... After appointments, X-Ray and a MRI, we have found deep bruising to my patellar tendon, which explains the current pain and difficultly in applying weight to my right knee and leg." At 89th in the FedExCup standings, he will not advance in the Playoffs. "The 2015-16 season will be here very soon," he added. "I am looking forward to getting 100% healthy, rested and prepared for full status on the PGA TOUR for next season and beyond."
Sep 2 - 4:46 PM

In a thorough article at TCPalm.com, Freddie Jacobson revealed that he sat out the last three months of the season due to an ailment and subsequent surgery for his seven-year-old son, Max.

Jacobson was mysteriously outside the ropes since missing the cut at Colonial in late May. It turns out that he devoted his time and attention to caring for Max, who was diagnosed with an anomalous origin of the right coronary artery. Open-heart surgery was suggested and eventually performed in Boston on Aug. 3. Max will be fine and projected to enjoy a normal life span. As for his father, the 40-year-old PGA TOUR winner has tentatively circled the Frys.com Open on Oct. 15-18 to resume competing. Because he finished 167th in the FedExCup standings, Jacobson will be equipped with a medical extension under the family crisis provision. "There’s no guarantees in a sporting world the TOUR would do something like this," he said of the medical. As for his golf game, he added, "I saw my coach for the first time last week and we’ll see where the golf swing is. But I know it’s going to be really tough to leave home this time."
Source: TCPalm.com
Sep 1 - 10:47 PM

Patrick Rodgers completed the regular season of the Web.com Tour ranked 24th on the money list, but will not be allowed to compete in the Web.com Tour Finals.

If that seems strange or even harsh, it's only because he's already fully exempt above the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR next season. See, Rodgers' non-member FedExCup points would have landed him inside the top 125 among non-members, so he knew that he was already golden before today's WinCo Foods Portland Open where he didn't compete. In the first two editions of the Web.com Tour Finals, fully exempt PGA TOUR members (which Rodgers already is) were allowed to play as a means to stay sharp, but a new provision prohibiting it was enacted this year. Meanwhile, only the top 75 in earnings on the circuit are still eligible for the Finals, so while 25 cards will still be distributed at the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship, only 49 golfers will be jostling for position in the opening reshuffle on the 2015-16 PGA TOUR.
Aug 31 - 12:09 AM

Harold Varner III closed out the Web.com Tour's WinCo Portland Foods Open with a 1-under-par 37-33=70 to post 2-under 282 for the tournament, and then waited out the duration until his effort was just enough to secure the final of 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2015-16.

Oddly enough, he started the day at T47 and finished there, but all that matters is that he clipped Rob Oppenheim by $943 for the coveted 25th spot on the money list. The 25-year-old will be a TOUR rookie next season. The other inside the top 25 (*=rookie): 1st--*Patton Kizzire ... 2nd--Martin Piller ... 3rd--*Dawie van der Walt ... 4th--Peter Malnati ... 5th--Dicky Pride ... 6th--*Smylie Kaufman ... 7th--Kelly Kraft ... 8th--Wes Roach ... 9th--Shane Bertsch ... 10th--Si Woo Kim ... 11th--*Abraham Ancer ... 12th--Jamie Lovemark ... 13th--*Michael Kim ... 14th--Tyler Aldridge ... 15th--D.H. Lee ... 16th--Miguel Angel Carballo ... 17th--Rod Pampling ... 18th--*Bronson Burgoon ... 19th--Steve Marino ... 20th--Darron Stiles ... 21st--*Andrew Landry ... 22nd--Sung Kang ... 23rd--*Lucas Lee ... 24th--Patrick Rodgers.
Aug 30 - 10:09 PM

With only the top 100 in the FedExCup rankings advancing to this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, Spencer Levin secured his spot with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round of The Barclays to tie for 16th place at 5-under 275.

Levin posted rounds of 65-71-67-72 to move from 115th in the FEC standings to 80th. Joining him in cracking the top 100 this week were PGA TOUR rookie Zac Blair (106 to 45), Mark Wilson (114 to 85), Luke Donald (119 to 87), Carlos Ortiz (112 to 83), Camilo Villegas (123 to 99), Jason Dufner (103 to 82) and Johnson Wagner (101 to 92). Hudson Swafford entered the week as the bubble boy at No. 100 and bumped to 93rd with a T50-finish. 17 players were eliminated from the Playoffs following The Barclays, most notably Adam Scott (94 to 106), Lee Westwood (110 to 109), Francesco Molinari, who was idle (99 to 111), and Nick Taylor (102 to 101). Taylor, the only rookie to win this season on TOUR, is in the running for Rookie of the Year, but his first-round exit may dampen his chances as six fellow rookies are moving on to the second round.
Aug 30 - 9:52 PM




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