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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
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Chris Stroud withdrew from The Honda Classic following his opening round.

Stroud turned in a 10-over-par 41-39=80 before calling it quits. He erased one birdie (from 23-and-a-half feet at the par-4 first hole, his 10th of the round) with five bogeys and three doubles. It's his tenth withdrawal in 226 career PGA TOUR starts. It also ends six consecutive paydays at PGA National. Today's aggregate is his highest since a second-round 81 at the 2012 PGA Championship. If an explanation is released for today's decision, we will relay it to you.
Feb 26 - 3:54 PM

Jim Herman turned in a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65 for his opening round of The Honda Classic to assume sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The Web.com Tour Finals grad was one of the five bounced from the field when the second reshuffle of the season occurred after last week's Northern Trust Open, so perhaps he's connected with a little motivation given that midseason plight. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling at PGA National today, a slate protected with a zero-putt five-yarder for par at the par-4 11th hole. His longest of five birdies traveled 34'8" at the par-4 16th.
Feb 26 - 1:54 PM

Mark Hubbard was disqualified from The Honda Classic after his opening round because he didn't register for the tournament.

Details on this procedure are likely to be shared later, but the rookie was a late entrant when Louis Oosthuizen withdrew this morning. Hubbard went out and shot 4-over-par 37-37=74 with three birdies, four bogeys and a triple (at par-4 sixth hole) before the decision was handed down. While he has a little fantasy value, it's a real blow to his potential to put up a payday. Of course, he had nothing to lose anyway given the late call to play, but it's a lesson learned nonetheless.
Feb 26 - 1:05 PM

Andrew Svoboda has been removed from the published field of this week's Honda Classic.

Svoboda was scheduled to go off the first hole at PGA National's Champion Course at 11:55 a.m. ET. He was a late WD prior to his lid-lifter of the Humana Challenge five weeks ago, but he's played thrice since. He cashed in all three with a T17 at the WM Phoenix Open as the highlight. Svoboda sits 72nd in the FedExCup standings, so he can afford this week off. It'll give him the opportunity to attend his induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame at St. John's University on Saturday morning.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 26 - 10:42 AM

Mike Weir withdrew from The Honda Classic during his opening round.

His right elbow just wasn't ready. The lefty sprayed his tee ball at the par-4 11th well left of the fairway before calling it quits. He was 6-over-par through 10 holes with one birdie, three bogeys and two doubles. Golf writer Lorne Rubenstein was walking with Weir, who told Rubenstein, "I'm not going to hit another ball until I get this figured out. ... "I can't swing the way I want to. I like to have a cup in my right wrist, and I can't do that." There is no timetable for recovery and treatment. While all of this happened this morning, Weir would need to make a significant turnaround to warrant our attention in any format in the future.
Feb 26 - 10:33 AM

World No. 1555 Nic Henning is the surprise name at the top of the Joburg Open leaderboard after day one following a 9-under-par 29-33=62.

The South African took advantage of his only round at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's easier West Course to grab a one-shot lead over Belgian Thomas Pieters and compatriots Titch Moore and Tjaart Van Der Walt. He now has three rounds at the tougher par 72 East to try and show that this wasn't a flash in the pan. To say his 62 came out of the blue is an understatement. Henning has missed 16 of his last 17 cuts worldwide -- or 41 of the last 47 if you want even more evidence of long-term decline - and hasn't managed a top 20 since 2010. Henning's outward 29, which featured five birdies and an eagle, was the lowest front nine on the European Tour this season and he added further par breakers at 15 and 16 to take sole possession of the lead.
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM

Louis Oosthuizen withdrew prior to today's opening round of The Honda Classic due to neck spasms, according to Alex Miceli of Golfweek.com.

This was the fear, of course. He stepped out early from a commitment to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic a month ago due to his recurring back injury. The South African is exempt into next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but shouldn't be relied upon in any format.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 26 - 10:21 AM

JB Hansen recorded the lowest nine-hole score of the 2015 European Tour season by coming home in 28 on day one of the Joburg Open.

The young Dane bettered the previous mark of 30 by two shots as he returned a 6-under-par 37-28=65 on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course, the easier of the two layouts. The first half of Hansen's morning round didn't hint at what was to come as he squared two bogeys against a single birdie to be out in 1-over. But a birdie at 10 proved the catalyst for a 7-under back nine as he registered five birdies and an eagle-3 at the 15th. That burst put him him just two shots behind the early clubhouse lead of Titch Moore.
Feb 26 - 5:35 AM

Highlighted by a hole-in-one at the fifth, Titch Moore posted an 8-under-par 30-33=63 to post the early clubhouse lead at the Joburg Open.

The South African's flying start came on Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course, the easier of the two layouts used over the first two days before the East takes over on the weekend. Moore was 5-under after only five holes. He birdied 1, 2 and 4 and then holed his sand iron from 108 yards at 5 for an ace. The nine-time Sunshine Tour winner added a birdie at 9 to be out in just 30 and recorded a further pair of par breakers at 15 and 17 to set the early target. Today's round was hard to see coming. Not only has he missed his last three cuts, the 39-year-old has failed to cash in seven of his eight appearances in this event.
Feb 26 - 5:19 AM

Roberto Castro survived a 5-for-2 playoff in the open qualifier for this week's Honda Classic.

Castro turned in a 65 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, but needed extra holes to secure his berth into the field at PGA National come Thursday. He's 3-for-4 on the PGA TOUR this season, but hasn't finished inside the top 55. Saddled with conditional status, this week's start is a real bonus. Wes Homan also escaped the playoff. The PGA TOUR Canada member tied for 56th in his debut on the PGA TOUR at the Shriners in the fall. Tim Petrovic was the medalist at Mayacoo Lakes with a 63. The 48-year-old has Past Champion status this season. In his only other action in 2014-15, he placed T35 at the Sanderson Farms. With a 64, Jhared Hack took runner-up honors in the four-spotter. The regular on the PGA TOUR-Latinoamérica will be making his PGA TOUR debut this week. The field for The Honda Classic is now complete at 144.
Feb 24 - 11:37 AM

In a brief update at the Japanese-language edition of GolfDigest.com, it was reported that Hideki Matsuyama experienced discomfort in his left wrist at the Northern Trust Open (where he tied for fourth place).

It's an old injury that essentially flared up. In fact, he withdrew with the same with only one round in the books of last year's Honda Classic. So, rather than risk making it worse this time around, Matsuyama will rest and treat it until he's scheduled to play in next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He's further motivated not to push the envelope with the Masters within two months from now. The time off won't be without a notable occasion, however. The PGA TOUR winner will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Wednesday of this week.
Feb 24 - 2:38 AM




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