D.J. Trahan has gained entry into this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The PGA TOUR's media department reported this. Trahan started the week as the fourth alternate. He was given a tee time when D.A. Points withdrew. Trahan has made just seven starts this season due to conditional status, but he's picked off two top 15s and sits 163rd in FedExCup points. He's 3-for-7 at Colonial with two top 20s, but he's missed all four of his cuts in his last five trips.
D.A. Points has withdrawn from this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The PGA TOUR's media department reported this. Points has cashed in seven consecutive starts, culminating with a T12 at last week's Byron Nelson, but Colonial has confounded the two-time winner. He's missed the cut in all three appearances and hasn't competed in the tournament since 2010.
Bob Estes elected not to give it a go at today's International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.
Estes has been terrific about engaging with his followers on Twitter and updating them about his schedule. In response to a query on Sunday asking if he'd compete at this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
, he wrote: "I'm hoping to but I withdrew from the Open qualifier this morning. No way I can finish 36 holes in high winds tmrw." The veteran has been dogged by a stomach illness that forced him out just before the opening round of THE PLAYERS on May 9.
Josh Teater completed 36 holes of International Final Qualifying-America in 7-under-par 64-69=133, good for medalist honors and a berth into The Open Championship.
Eight exemptions into the field at Muirfield on July 18-21 were on the line at Gleneagles Golf & Country Club in Dallas today. Teater circled 12 birdies against three bogeys and a double to secure his first start in a major. Camilo Villegas and Johnson Wagner shared runner-up honors at 6-under 68-66=134. Scott Brown (71-64) tied for fourth with Brian Davis (66-69) at 5-under 135. Brown went bogey-free in his second round with two eagles and two birdies; Davis converted nine birdies in his first round, including six in a row at one point. The final three golfers were decided in a four-way playoff. Robert Karlsson (4-under 67-69=136), Bud Cauley (70-66=136) and Luke Guthrie (65-71=136) survived with pars on the first extra hole. Andres Echavarria (67-69=136) bogeyed the playoff hole. The last of the IFQs will be contested in England on June 24.
Lee Williams has been added to the published field of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Williams was the 10th alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry when Brian Harman withdrew. The rookie's modest consecutive cuts made streak of three ended at last week's Byron Nelson. He'll make his debut at Colonial ranked 175th in FedExCup points.
Morgan Hoffmann has been added to the published field of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Hoffmann started the week outside the top 10 on the alternate list, but he was given a sponsor exemption. He's fresh off a T5 at the Byron Nelson, easily his career-best finish on the PGA TOUR. It vaulted him 45 spots in FedExCup points to 137th. The Oklahoma State University product will be making his debut at Colonial.
Steven Bowditch has been added to the published field of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Bowditch was the ninth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry as a sponsor exemption this morning. He's 7-for-13 on the season but has yet to record a top 25. (He hasn't cracked a top 55 in his last eight starts.) Colonial would serve as good a site as any for a season-best finish since he tied for 16th in his only appearance in 2011.
Aaron Watkins has been added to the published field of this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Watkins was the eighth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry via a sponsor exemption this morning. The first-timer at Colonial has missed two cuts in as many starts since a T8 in New Orleans four weeks ago. He's 170th in FedExCup points.