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Chris Kirk acknowledged on Twitter tonight that he's eyeing The Barclays on Aug. 27-30 to return to competition.

The 30-year-old hasn't competed since the U.S. Open due to a broken hand. He's currently 26th in the FedExCup standings, so he could probably sit out the first two events in the Playoffs and still advance if absolutely necessary. There is an off-week two weeks after The Barclays.
Aug 3 - 10:08 PM

Todd Fischer signed for a 2-under-par 37-33=70 following his round at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championship, settling for a share of 28th place.

The former PGA TOUR member went out in the first threesome off the first tee and played with medalist Tom Johnson, but Fischer was four strokes too high to join the playoff for the final spot into the tournament proper. He's 71-for-150 in his career with four third-place finishes, including at Montrêux in 2005. Other notables that failed to qualify today include: 68--Andy Miller ... 70--Todd Demsey ... 71--Stephen Gangluff ... 73--David Mathis.
Aug 3 - 8:05 PM

With an 8-under-par 32-32=64 at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championship, Tom Johnson earned medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.

The former PGA TOUR member opened with an eagle-3 at the first hole and birdie-3 at the second. He'd add six birdies to hide a lone bogey. Since losing his card following his rookie season of 2007, Johnson's only other TOUR appearance occurred at this year's Sony Open where he also four-spotted. He then placed T51 at Waialae. Ben Geyer and Chris Gilman shared runner-up honors today. Geyer traded eight birdies with one bogey for a 7-under 32-33=65. Gilman converted seven birdies and signed for a bogey-free, 7-under 33-32=65. Both will be making their TOUR debuts this week. The final exemption went to former TOUR member Wil Collins, who carded a bogey-free, 6-under 32-34=66 with six birdies, and then survived a three-way playoff. The field at Montrêux Golf and Country Club is now complete at 132.
Aug 3 - 6:49 PM

Henrik Stenson is a former runner-up at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and returns to Ohio for another crack.

The Swede's second place at Firestone Country Club’s South Course came two years ago although he finished seven shots back from runaway winner Tiger Woods. Stenson added a T19 last year, his fourth top 20 in eight appearances at the Akron venue. He didn't live up to expectations when only T40 in the Open Championship on his last start although before that he'd taken second place in the BMW International Open in Germany. Stenson has hit more than 80% of greens in regulation in his last three tournaments which bodes well for Firestone.
Aug 3 - 2:35 PM

Shane Lowry will make his third appearance in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club’s South Course this week.

He first tackled the tough par 70 at Akron, Ohio shortly after winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 and predictably found it too big a leap, finishing T70 after opening with a pair of 78s. Lowry returned two years ago and shot 70-69 on the weekend so should be expected to make another leap this year. The Irishman has played some fine golf in the United States in 2015, highlighted by top 10s in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He missed the cut at the Open Championship on his last start so will be highly motivated to put that disappointment behind him.
Aug 3 - 2:27 PM

Gary Stal reaps more rewards for his victory at January's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by getting a start in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

The Frenchman could only manage T70 after also winning a place in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March so will hope for a better showing on his first return to the United States since carding 75-79-77-75 in Florida. The 23-year-old has struggled to follow up his Abu Dhabi win but did post a top 10 in June's Lyoness Open and added top 35 finishes at the Open de France and Scottish Open after that. Don't expect too much of him this week as he continues to find his feet on U.S. soil.
Aug 3 - 2:16 PM

Oliver Wilson makes his return to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club this week.

A plummet down the world rankings means he hasn't qualified for this event since 2010 but victory in last October's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland punched his ticket to Ohio. He first encountered the tough par 70 in 2008, the same year he played on the European Ryder Cup team, and finished T27. He improved to T11 the following year and shot two 67s on the way to a T33 in 2010 so it's a course he's done well on. The Englishman will hope Firestone can ignite a disappointing 2015 season which has seen him cash just four times in 19 starts.
Aug 3 - 2:03 PM

Andrew Dodt will head to Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio this week to make his debut at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Aussie has banked just one top 50 finish -- T20 in the Mauritius Open -- since his breakthrough win in February's Thailand Classic so looks to have limited appeal to gamers on first glance. At least there have been some better signs in recent weeks. The 29-year-old played all four rounds and finished T53 in the European Masters and last week beat Oliver Fisher in the first round of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play before losing to Thomas Aiken in the last 32 after being 1 up with three to play.
Aug 3 - 1:51 PM

Kent Jones has climbed into the field at this week's Barracuda Championship.

The 48-year-old Veteran Member was ninth alternate when the field was released on Friday. There were six withdrawals from the original field and another four among alternates, thus opening the door for him to accept a tee time at Montrêux Golf and Country Club on Thursday. This will mark his 15th start in the tournament; he's missed only two editions. Jones' last top 10 on the PGA TOUR occurred in this event in 2010 when he shared fifth place. It's his only top 20 in the tournament. In his lone start on TOUR this season, he missed the cut at the Barbasol Championship three weeks ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 12:20 PM

Brett Wetterich is scheduled to compete in this week's Barracuda Championship.

He was seventh alternate when the field was released on Friday, and then found his way in following nine withdrawals, including three alternates ahead of him in line. In his only starts in the last three seasons on the PGA TOUR, the former Ryder Cupper missed the cut at the Barbasol Championship three weeks ago. His previous start on TOUR resulted in a T21 at Montrêux in 2012. Wetterich will turn 42 years of age on Sunday.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 12:14 PM

Len Mattiace has joined the field at this week's Barracuda Championship.

Mattiace was the fifth alternate when the field was released on Friday. He assumed a spot after six others withdrew. He's 0-for-5 with no red numbers on the PGA TOUR this season, but even if he somehow manages to win this week, he still won't be counting his strokes under par. This is the fourth edition of the tournament for which the Modified Stableford scoring system will be used. Mattiace is 5-for-9 at Montrêux, but he's yet to log a top 25.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 12:04 PM

Nathan Green has been added to the published field of this week's Barracuda Championship.

Green was the fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday. He gained entry following six withdrawals. The Aussie has competed only twice anywhere this year, missing the cut in both tries. His only appearance on the PGA TOUR came in his last start in mid-February at Pebble Beach. He's 2-for-6 at the Barracuda with just one top 65 (T39, 2013).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 11:59 AM

Ryuji Imada has gained entry into this week's Barracuda Championship.

He was third alternate when the field was released on Friday, and then had no problem sliding into the field of 132 following six withdrawals. Imada is 0-for-4 on the PGA TOUR this season, but he's cashed in his last two appearances at Montrêux Golf and Country Club. He's also missed the cut in both starts on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 11:56 AM

Billy Hurley III has been added to the published field of this week's Barracuda Championship.

He was a late entry, and you could see it coming after his father was located in Texas. With a T46 in the book at the Quicken Loans National, Hurley III is 131st in the FedExCup standings and 143rd on the money list. He'll be making his second appearance at Montrêux Golf and Country Club after missing the cut in 2012. That was the first edition that employed the Modified Stableford scoring system.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 11:50 AM

Brendon de Jonge has decided against a spot in this week's Barracuda Championship.

de Jonge teased once again at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club last week. He opened with a pair of red numbers before backing up for a third-round 73 en route to a T59. It's his seventh consecutive result outside a top 35. The good news is that he's 43rd in the FedExCup standings and qualified for the PGA Championship yesterday by virtue of sitting 68th in the special money list from which the top 70 automatically gain entry into the field at Whistling Straits next week. NOTE: Tim Herron, Joe Durant, Marc Turnesa and Skip Kendall also withdrew as alternates. Herron and Turnesa are scheduled to compete in the Web.com Tour's Digital Ally Open. Durant and Kendall are registered at the Shaw Charity Classic on the Champions Tour.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 11:26 AM



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