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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
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:52:00 PM

The changes to Wentworth made little difference to Francesco Molinari as the course horse tied the first-round clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship in England with a 5-under-par 34-33=67.

Molinari joined early pacesetters Scott Jamieson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat thanks to a pair of closing birdies at the revamped West Course, making the surprise of an opening bogey a distant memory. The Italian recovered from that dropped shot at No. 1 with a circle at 4 and added another birdie at 8 to turn in 1-under. After a pair of pars to start the back nine, he accelerated with red numbers at 12 and 13 and made it a three-way tie at the top with a 4-4 finale on the par 5s at 17 and 18. Molinari was a hugely popular pick with gamers this week due to some eye-catching converging trends. He was T6 in the PLAYERS Championship on his last start and has made the top 10 in four of his last five visits to Wentworth.
May 25 - 7:55 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat cruised Wentworth's West Course in 5-under-par 31-36=67 to take a piece of the clubhouse lead alongside Scott Jamieson on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Thai was quick out of the blocks today, scribbling circles at four of his opening seven holes. Those birdies came at 2, 5, 6 and 7. After turning in just 31, he picked up further shots at 12 and 13 to go clear of the field on 6-under but made his only bogey of the round at the par-3 14th. With the two closing par 5s to come, Aphibarnrat would have hoped to splash further red but he needed five swings at 17 and, at the last, left his putt for birdie and the outright lead in the jaws. Still, that's a fine morning's work and, having shot an opening 68 but only finished T60 last year, he'll hope to make a better job of the remaining 54 holes this time.
May 25 - 7:15 AM

Scott Jamieson took advantage of benign conditions on the first morning of the BMW PGA Championship in England and posted the clubhouse lead with a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67.

Right now, that's one clear of Italian Nino Bertasio. The Scot has only broken 70 three times in 20 laps at Wentworth but beat his previous best 18 by a shot today after keeping bogey off his card. Jamieson made his first move at No. 4 with a birdie at the West Course's opening par 5 and followed it with another circle at the par-3 5th. He made his second '2' of the round with birdie at 10 and added red numbers at 13 and 16 before settling for a pair of closing par 5s. Jamieson has a habit of starting fast and, before this week, he'd finished round one in the top 10 in seven of his last 19 tournaments. He's been in decent form with three top 25s in his last five events, highlighted by a third place in March's Indian Open.
May 25 - 7:05 AM

Chris Wood will defend his BMW PGA Championship title over a newly renovated West Course at the Wentworth Club this week.

Two years ago the Bristol golfer made a hole-in-one at the 14th to earn himself a new car and then 12 months later he went one better, shooting a front nine 29 (equalling the tournament record) to earn a four-shot lead at the turn in the final round, just about enough for him to hold on and claim the biggest win of his career. It wasn’t the first time he had excelled on the West Course. In 2010 he had led going into the final round until a 77 upset the apple cart – he later admitted he was actually playing "too well" and couldn’t stop himself pin-seeking when it would have made more sense to golf sensibly. He was T4 in the recent China Open, when rounds of 68-65-68 finished off a week which started with a 72. A quarter final appearance in the GolfSixes followed, but there is probably little to take account of in that result.
May 23 - 11:11 AM

World No. 7 Jordan Spieth slipped on the tartan plaid jacket after the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational and returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

Spieth eased into his win last year, posting rounds of 67-66 to position himself T3 at the midpoint. He blitzed the course over the weekend with a pair of 65s to beat the field by three strokes. His biggest asset was the flat stick, gaining 9.12 strokes putting on the week. Unfortunately, that club is letting Spieth down recently, losing 2.6 strokes putting over his last two starts (missed cuts at the Byron Nelson and THE PLAYERS), even making a putter change ahead of last week's event. With missed cuts in three of his last four starts, Spieth arrives way out of form, especially by his lofty standards. However, his track record at Colonial CC includes four top 15s in four attempts, meaning a bounce-back week could (and should) be in the cards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 8:56 AM

Henrik Stenson has played in just one of the last six editions of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but he'll return to contest this week's event on the revamped West Course.

The 11-time European Tour winner finished T7 on his last appearance in 2014 and also made the top 10 in 2007. This will be his first event on English soil since he landed the Open Championship and presumably he feels the new layout, which has seen five greens remodelled, a 25% reduction in the number of bunkers and predicted easier scoring, will make it a more appealing proposition after some mixed form there down the years. Stenson's last start in a regular European Tour event resulted in second spot at the Dubai Desert Classic but he recently endured a baffling run of four straight missed cuts on the PGA TOUR (Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open, Masters, Zurich Classic). He restored some order with T16 at Sawgrass last time so will hope to build on that and show some more spark as he prepares for the defense of the claret jug at Royal Birkdale (northern England) this July.
May 23 - 7:53 AM

Two-time world long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski preps for his PGA TOUR debut after receiving an invitation to this week's DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Sadlowski is one of two golfers to receive a Champions' Choice invite into this week's event (Beau Hossler the other). This exemption is the result of past champions of the DEAN & DELUCA voting for who should crack the field. Sadlowski has a stellar track record on the long-drive circuit, including back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. The big hitter from Canada has drives recorded as long as 445 yards, so he should provide a unique plan of attack, compared to the rest of the field this week. The 28-year-old is trying to play his way through the mini tours, but this will be his first attempt in a PGA TOUR event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 10:24 PM

World No. 133 Bud Cauley carved out an even-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson for a 72-hole tally of 8-under 272, up one place into a four-way T5, four strokes back of a 2-man playoff involving Jason Day and eventual champ Billy Horschel.

This was the 27-year-old's third appearance, second cash and second straight top 5 (T4/2016). It's his fifth top 25 of the season in 17 starts, all five doubling as top 10s and three of those top 5s. The Floridian has now posted four consecutive top 10s, which is the longest current streak on TOUR. After opening in 67-67-68, he began T6 on 8-under, four shy of 54-hole leader James Hahn and mustered three (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.794 strokes off-the-tee. The Alabama product was 2-over thru 12 holes, outbalancing birdies at 7 and 11 with bogeys at 4, 5, 10 and 12, but played his final six in 2-under, circling 13 and 17.
May 21 - 8:27 PM

Past champ and World No. 4 Jason Day turned in a 2-under-par 34-34=68 after the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to match playing competitor Billy Horschel on 12-under 268, and then lost on the first hole of sudden death, the par-4 18th, 3-putting from 48'4" for bogey while Horschel won with a 2-putt par.

The 2012 winner was vying for an 11th TOUR title in his 201st career start but settles for a ninth career runner-up. It's his fourth top 25 at the Nelson in five tries, all four doubling as top 10s, and a second top 10 of the season in 10 starts (T5, AT&T Pro-Am). After opening in 68-69-63, the 29-year-old began T3 on 10-under, one back of Horschel and two shy of 54-hole leader James Hahn. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 3.603 SG: Tee-to-Green though -0.644 SG: Putting. The Aussie went out in 1-under, circling birdie-4 at No. 7, now tied with Hahn and Horschel. He came home in 1-under, outpacing a lone bogey-5 at 12 (failed scramble) with a 6-footer for birdie-3 at 10 and a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 15th from 78'3" away. Day's record in extra time drops to 1-1.
May 21 - 7:35 PM

World No. 76 Billy Horschel, a pre-tourney 100/1 outright, erased a 1-shot deficit with a 1-under 35-34=69 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to match past champ and playing competitor Jason Day on 12-under 268, and then won with par on the first hole of sudden death, the par-4 18th.

This is the Florida alum's fourth TOUR title in 166 career starts (165 pro), first since the 2014 TOUR Championship 64 starts ago, where he was the 54-hole leader. The win comes in his third appearance, missing the cuts in 2011 and 2012. After kicking off in 68-65-66, the 30-year-old began in solo 2nd on 11-under, one back of 54-hole leader James Hahn, who completed the final threesome. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.981 strokes tee-to-green. The Floridian went out in even-par, exchanging birdies at 3 and 6 with bogeys at 5 (3-putt from 41'4") and 9, now sharing the top spot with both playing competitors. He came home in 1-under, outpacing bogeys at 12 and 13, his second and third 3-putt bogeys of the day, with birdies at 11 and 14 (from 59'3"), and a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 16th. In the playoff, Horschel won with a two-putt par from 17'2" while Day 3-jacked from 48'4" for bogey.
May 21 - 7:17 PM

First-round co-leader and 54-hole leader James Hahn backed up with a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 11-under 269, down two places to solo 3rd, one stroke shy of a 2-man playoff involving playing competitors Billy Horschel and Jason Day.

This was the Seoul, South Korea, native's fourth Nelson, fourth cash and second top 10, supplanting a previous-best T5 on debut in 2014. It's his fourth top 25 of the season in 17 starts and first top 10. After opening in 64-70-64, rounds 1 and 3 bogey-free, he began with a 1-shot lead over Horschel, two clear of Day. The World No. 83 landed 10 (of 14) fairways but just eight greens in regulation, posting 2.254 SG: Tee-to-Green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 14.320. He played his first half in birdie-less 1-over, squaring bogey-4 at 2, but still co-led with Horschel and Day at the break. The 35-year-old broke the ice with back-to-backs birdies at 10 and 11, now leading by one, but then squared three straight at 12-14, including a 3-putt at 14 from 46'10". He was two back coming to the last and nearly holed his second to the par 4, lipping out a would-be eagle from 122 yards away to improbably join the playoff, settling for birdie from 45 inches.
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