Joey Garber was one of four open qualifiers for this week's Barracuda Championship, signing for a 6-under-par 32-34=66 at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada to punch his ticket.
The Georgia Bulldog finished his amateur career in 2014. He was ranked 31st in the WAGR at the time. More recently he was seen posting a T45 at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic in September, a Mackenzie Tour Event north of the border. He was 3-for-9 playing on the Canadian circuit last season. This will be his second career PGA TOUR start (MC, 2014 Travelers Championship). Three others earned their way into this week's Barracuda Championship: 66-Geoff Gonzalez; Elliott Paylor... 67-Hunter Stewart (Survived 3-for-1 playoff with Martin Trainer and David Gazzolo). All four will be making their tournament debuts at the Barracuda Championship.
J.J. Henry turns his attention to Montrêux Golf and Country Club ahead of this week's Barracuda Championship, arriving as the defending champion and tournament's career money leader.
Henry is just 12-for-19 on the season, ranking 175th in the FedExCup race. While concerning, it's important to remember he had missed 11 cuts in 25 starts leading into his 2015 victory at the Barracuda. He was 150th in the FEC standings at the time. Last year wasn't the first taste of success at this event, as Henry is 9-for-11 with five top 10s, including two victories. Both of his wins have come since the event switched to Modified Stableford Scoring in 2012. The long track record of success makes Henry a very appealing option this week in Reno.
Past champ Bill Haas authored a bogey-free 3-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National to reach 13-under 271, up one place into a two-way T3, four back of overnight leader and eventual champ Billy Hurley III.
The 34-year-old was bogey-free over his final 61 holes but alas, couldn't card enough birdies to catch the eventual champ. For the week, he was No. 1 in total bogeys with only two, both coming in the first round, but was T24 in total birdies with only 15, three in each of his weekend laps. Each of Haas' three conversions in R4 traveled greater than 11 feet, with a long of 28'6" at the par-4 14th, but the only time he had a chance from inside of 10 feet came at the par-4 eighth, and he missed birdie from 4'5". His T3 is his fifth top 10 of the season in 17 starts, but first in stroke play since his playoff loss at the Valspar in mid-March.
Webb Simpson back-pedaled to an even-par 38-33=71 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to post 10-under 274, down two places to solo sixth, seven strokes shy of champion Billy Hurley III.
The 30-year-old played out of the antepenultimate twosome in the finale and began in a two-way T4 on 10-under, five back of Hurley III. He circled three birdie-3s on his opening nine but erased them with bogeys on Nos. 3 (3-putt from 35'6"), 7 and 9, and a double bogey-5 at the second, 3-jacking from a mere 11'10". The Wake Forest alum overcame his first-nine letdown with a blemish-free second half, birdieing the par-3 10th from 8'4" and the par-4 18th from 9'7". It's his personal best at the QLN in his fifth appearance, previously T8 in 2011, and just his second top 10 of the season in 14 starts, though sixth top 25, including three in his last four events.
Hall of Famer Ernie Els backed up with a 1-over-par 34-38=72 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National for a four-day total of 12-under 272, down three spots to solo fifth, five back of champion Billy Hurley III.
The 46-year-old was chasing his 20th TOUR win in his 420th career start, first since the 2012 Open Championship. He played out of the final pairing with Hurley III and began the finale in solo second on 13-under, two back of the would-be-champ. The transplanted Floridian landed just half (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation but circled six birdies for a stellar 1.444 putts per GIR. For the week, he was No. 1 in the latter at 1.553 so he made the most of his scoring chances. Unfortunately, he erased all his great work in R4 with five bogeys and a costly double bogey at the par-3 10th, after climbing to within one of Hurley at the break. On the plus side, Els bags his first top 10 of the season in his 15th start, and first since a T5 at the 2014 Barclays 22 months ago.
PGA TOUR rookie Harold Varner III signed for a 1-under-par 36-34=70 after the final round of the Quicken Loans National to post 9-under 275, down one spot to solo seventh, eight in arrears to champion Billy Hurley III.
The 25-year-old wrapped his tournament debut as the top rookie (of nine) after rounds of 66-69-70-70. He's now connected eight straight paydays with five of those top 25s and three of them top 10s. As one of the four top finishers in the top 12 and ties this week not already exempt, the East Carolina University alum also secured a spot in The Open Championship at Royal Troon in three weeks, where he'll be making his tournament debut. He began the final round in a two-way T6 on 8-under, seven adrift of Hurley III and outpaced bogeys on 3 and 6 with birdies at 2, 7 and 15. For the week, he totaled one eagle and 15 birdies against six bogeys and a double for his seventh top 25 of the season in 22 starts and fourth top 10.
Sponsor invite Jon Rahm conjured up a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to wrap his tournament and pro debut on 13-under 271, good for a two-way T3, four swings shy of fellow sponsor invite and champion Billy Hurley III.
Playing out of the penultimate twosome with 2013 champ Bill Haas, the 21-year-old began the finale on 12-under and in solo third, three back of Hurley III. He led outright after the week's low round of 64 and co-led thru 36 holes with a second-round 67. The former ASU standout played the weekend in twin 70s to record four red numbers and after taking home low am honors at last week's U.S. Open with T23, he nabs one (of four) spots available this week at Congressional to The Open Championship in three weeks, where he'll make his tournament debut. The two-time Ben Hogan Award winner totaled 20 birdies for the week against seven bogeys en route to his best finish on TOUR in just his sixth career start, supplanting T5 at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Overnight leader and sponsor invite Billy Hurley III steadied a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National for a 72-hole aggregate of 17-under 267, good for a three-shot win over Hall of Famer Vijay Singh and his first PGA TOUR title in his 104th career start.
The Naval Academy grad and 607th-ranked player in the world co-led thru 36 holes after opening his fifth appearance in 66-65, and took a two-shot lead into the finale over Hall of Famer and playing competitor Ernie Els after a third-round 67. He went out in 1-under, erasing bogey at the second with birdies on Nos. 1 and 9, but Els had climbed to within one at the break. The 34-year-old 3-putted the par-4 12th (from 28 feet) for bogey-5, but with the shot of his life, he pitched-in from 35 yards away at the 15th for birdie-3 and backed it up with a 27'3" birdie putt on the par-5 16th. Playing this season on conditional status, the Maryland resident is now fully exempt on TOUR thru the 2017-18 season and among other goodies, secures a spot in The Open Championship in three weeks at Royal Troon. He improves to 1-for-3 when the 36-hole leader/co-leader and 1-for-2 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes.