Will Zalatoris has withdrawn from the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship after requiring an appendectomy.
Talk about having a day. It was just a few hours ago that we notified you that he had received one of the last two sponsor exemptions into the tournament. However, as relayed by Golfweek.com, Zalatoris' mom said that Will awoke this morning with strong pain. Upon examination, doctors found a perforation and performed surgery immediately. "We hated hearing about Will’s medical issue this morning, but right now we’re just wishing him well for a speedy recovery, and we are confident he’ll be back playing in this tournament in the future," said David Corrigan, chairman of the tournament. Zalatoris is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Troy Matteson navigated Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper, Texas, in bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-31=62 in today's open qualifier for the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, good for a share of medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.
The two-time PGA TOUR winner buried an eagle and five birdies on the modified track. Due to recent rain in the area, the 14th and 18th holes were converted to par 3s, giving the layout six for the four-spotter. Creighton Honeck also went bogey-free, scoring 7-under 29-33=62 with seven birdies. Austin Cook was the third to post 62, doing so with an eagle, six birdies and one bogey en route to respective nines of 32 and 30. Christopher Brown wrangled the final spot up for grabs with a 6-under 31-32=63. He poured in eight birdies before closing bogey-par-bogey. The field at TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas is now complete at 156.
Alexander Levy of France completed the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in England in 11-under-par 66-67=133, good for medalist honors among 11.
The 24-year-old traded 14 birdies with three bogeys on the Old and New Courses at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, to punch his ticket for his debut in the major. The other 10 exemptions into the field of 156 at Chambers Bay are as follows (* = survived 5-for-4 playoff): Shiv Kapur (134); John Parry (135); Alex Noren (136); Lucas Bjerregaard (137); Jason Palmer (137); Marcel Siem (138); Thomas Aiken* (139); Marcus Fraser* (139); Garth Mulroy* (139); Tjaart van der Walt* (139). Notables that failed to qualify include: 140--Peter Uihlein (winner of the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay); Padraig Harrington; Emiliano Grillo ... 141--Ross Fisher ... 143--Robert Karlsson ... 144--Nicolas Colsaerts ... 147--Mikko Ilonen ... 148--Scott Hend.
Roberto Castro is scheduled to tee it up in this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
He was the fifth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he gained entry when Alex Cejka withdrew today. Castro has been unable to grind out success from the conditional status category this season. He's cashed four times in seven starts but none went for a top 25. He's also 2-for-2 on the Web.com Tour but sits 136th on its money list. In his only previous appearance at TPC Four Seasons, he placed T29 in 2012.
Trevor Immelman has been added to the published field of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
The South African was the fourth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He got the call to compete following five withdrawals. Immelman doesn't come without some baggage, however. He's missed the cut in nine consecutive starts on the PGA TOUR dating back to November and ranks 207th in the FedExCup standings.
Charlie Wi has gained entry into this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
He was the third alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, and then added when five others withdrew. The 43-year-old tied for 29th here last year. He's 2-for-4 this season but hasn't picked off a top 35 on the PGA TOUR since a T29 in Canada last July. Wi has juggled conditional status with a full schedule on the Web.com Tour where he's 53rd on the money list with seven paydays in eight starts.
Ben Curtis is scheduled to compete in this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
Curtis was the second alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon, but he was handed a tee time following five withdrawals made official today. He will celebrate his 38th birthday on Tuesday, but he hasn't had much about which to be joyous this season. He's just 2-for-7 with four consecutive missed cut upon arrival. He also missed the cut at TPC Four Seasons in the last two editions.
Greg Chalmers has been added to the published field of this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
The Aussie was the first alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry easily following five withdrawals. Just 165th on 6-for-8 this season due to conditional status, it's not terribly long ago that he went fourth-first in Australia to cap off 2014. However, Chalmers is winless in 370 starts on the PGA TOUR and hasn't finished inside the top 15 in 13 appearances at the Nelson.