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Will Wilcox has withdrawn from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship due to an injury to his right knee.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

Scott Jamieson was third in last year's Russian Open and heads to Moscow this week to try his luck again.

That result -- his best finish of 2014 -- came at Tseleevo while gamers should note that his only other visit to the country resulted in a sixth place at a Challenge Tour event in 2010. He'll be seeing a new course this week as the tournament moves to Skolkovo Golf Club. Jamieson has made his last three cuts on the European Tour to move into the top 100 of the Race To Dubai but, at No. 98, he still has a way to go to secure a place in the top 60 who will contest the season finale in Dubai.
Sep 2 - 9:26 AM

Matthew Nixon is 112th on the Race To Dubai heading into this week's M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club.

The Englishman has made his last four cuts on the European Tour, banking his biggest cheque with a T22 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July. He's posted a round of 65 in three of his last four events so is hinting that a first top 10 of the season is around the corner. Nixon, who'll be making his 24th start of the season this week, has fond memories of this tournament having been runner-up in the 2013 edition. That result at Tseleevo remains his best ever finish on the European Tour.
Sep 2 - 9:18 AM

Prom Meesawat has finished T38 on both his previous appearances at the M2M Russian Open and will have another crack this year.

The first came at Le Meridien in 2007 and he repeated the feat at Tseleevo six years later. He'll try his luck again at Skolkovo Golf Club this week, a Jack Nicklaus-designed par 71. The Thai has mostly been playing on the Challenge Tour this summer and enjoyed success with a second place at the Scottish Challenge. He did get a European Tour start at the Czech Masters last week but had to settle for T63. He'll tee off on Thursday alongside the last two winners of this event, Michael Hoey and David Horsey.
Sep 2 - 9:10 AM

Edoardo Molinari sits at 146th on the Race To Dubai heading into this week's M2M Russian Open in Moscow.

At his best, the Italian would be one of the fancied runners at Skolkovo Golf Club but continues to struggle for consistency. He has made his last two cuts but closed with a 75 to slip to T53 in the European Masters in Switzerland and a Sunday 76 left him T81 in the Made In Denmark two weeks ago. The qualification process for the 2016 Ryder Cup begins this week so, perhaps fuelled by his memories of playing in the 2010 edition at Celtic Manor, Molinari can bank some early points. He's taken part in this tournament just once but missed the cut in the 2008 event.
Sep 2 - 9:03 AM

Maximilian Kieffer is listed as the favorite for victory with UK bookmakers going into this week's M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club.

That's hardly a surprise in such a weak field as the German has made 19 cuts out of 19 in strokeplay events this season and is 46th on the Race To Dubai. All he lacks is a first European Tour win so this looks an obvious chance for him to make the big breakthrough. He played in this tournament at Tseleevo 12 months ago and finished tied eighth so has some past form in Russia. The only concern for gamers is that Kieffer hasn't played a strokeplay event for six weeks after taking time out to refresh his batteries.
Sep 2 - 8:54 AM

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

Nick Watney heads back to TPC Boston for his 11th appearance at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

Watney walks into Norton, Massachusetts, ranked 63rd in the FedExCup standings. He's currently safe to make the field at Conway Farms in two weeks, but could be in danger of getting passed by if he doesn't play four rounds this week. Unfortunately, Watney has played this event 10 times and owns just one finish inside the top 30. Gamers should look elsewhere this week if they seek the safe route.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 10:42 PM

Matt Every enters this week's Deutsche Bank Championship amidst a prolonged slump.

The Florida Gator took home the hardware earlier this season at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The win triggered a run of poor form, as he's collected just three top 50s in his 15 starts since. Arriving at 75th in the FedExCup standings, Every is in serious danger of not cracking the BMW Championship field at Conway Farms.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 9:34 PM

J.J. Henry turns his attention to TPC Boston for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

Henry enters the week ranked 78th in the FedExCup standings. He wasn't even a FEC Playoffs threat until winning the Barrcuda Championship, collecting 300 FEC points on the way. On the season, Henry is 17-for-29 but zero top 10s outside of his victory. With limited upside, there are much better fantasy options for gamers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 9:32 PM

Hunter Mahan is missing out on his usual top finishes ahead of this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

Mahan is the only golfer to advance to the TOUR Championship in all eight editions of the FedExCup Playoffs. He's in danger of missing out this year as he currently sits at 91st in FEC points, 21 places outside of the top-70 bubble. It's not inconceivable to imagine Mahan rattling off a clutch performance this week. He is 18-for-22 on the season, after all.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 9:18 PM

Jerry Kelly arrives at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 94th in the FedExCup standings.

The PGA TOUR veteran is looking to return to the BMW Championship for the second straight season. The only obstacle in his way in his the fact that just 70 golfers advance to Conway Farms in two weeks. With a pair of top 15s in his last four trips to TPC Boston, there is still some hope for Kelly supporters.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 9:14 PM

George McNeill prepares for his sixth career appearance at the Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the festivites ranked 59th in the FedExCup standings.

McNeill is a steady 19-for-25 on the season with seven top 25s, but just one top 10 (T5, Crowne Plaza Invitational). Since the CPI in the third week of May, he's cashed six times on nine starts, with a T13 at the Memorial Tournament in early June his best showing. In his last two events, the 39-year-old finished T31 at the Wyndham Championship and T30 at last week's Barclays. McNeill has cashed four times in five appearances at the DB Championship with his only top 25 coming as a T17 in the 2007 inaugural edition as part of the FEC Playoffs.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 8:30 PM

Argentina's Fabian Gomez makes his second career start in the Playoffs at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship and enters the tournament 67th in the FedExCup standings.

Gomez caught lightning in a bottle as a 400/1 long shot at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in mid-June where he parlayed a share of the 54-hole lead into his first career PGA TOUR title (in his 70th start). In 16 starts on the season prior to the FESJC, he had one top-10 finish (T8, The McGladrey Classic). Since his win, he's missed five of six cuts, posted T67 at the 77-man, no-cut WGC-Bridgestone, and finished 71st of 72 players that made the weekend at last week's Barclays. The 36-year-old ranks outside the top 100 in just about every key stat on TOUR, with the exception of driving accuracy, where he ranks 99th.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 1 - 8:17 PM



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