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With a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the BetEasy Masters, Nick Cullen recorded a one-stroke victory over a trio of runners-up, including two-time defending champion Adam Scott.

The lefty opened with a bogey-5 at the first hole at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne today, but rallied with an eagle-3 at the No. 4. He added four birdies to help offset two bogeys the rest of the way and posted 9-under 279. Fellow Aussies Josh Younger and former PGA TOUR member James Nitties also shared second place. Cullen started the week slotted 632nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. Thanks to his breakthrough on the PGA Tour of Australasia, he'll vault to approximately 250th. In addition to the gold jacket, one of the perks he'll collect is a tee time at Firestone Country Club's South Course in the 2015 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Nov 23 - 1:34 AM

George McNeill disappointed during the Fall Series with a pair of missed cuts, ending the 2014 calendar year ranked 157th in the FedExCup standings.

Expectations were high for McNeill, coming off a career year that saw him land four top 10s, including a runner-up at the Greenbrier. After finishing 46th in the FEC standings last season, he has a long way to go, missing two of three cuts during the Fall and finishing T33 in his other start. Gamers should keep a watchful eye over McNeill early on in 2015 to determine whether last year is repeatable.
Nov 22 - 10:17 PM

Cameron Percy finished the Fall Series ranked 125th in the FedExCup standings.

The Aussie went 3-for-5 this fall, including a T26 in his opening event of the new season. Percy secured his PGA TOUR card after finishing 14th on the Tour money list, starting the season 23rd in the reshuffle. After a mediocre start to the year, he dropped five spots in the first reshuffle. It will be an uphill battle to keep earning starts if he doesn't start producing.
Nov 22 - 9:49 PM

Neal Lancaster's medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR was extended yet again for 2014-15.

Lancaster's medical dates back to 2010, but he still needs to bank $727,814 in his next seven starts to earn a promotion to the Major Medical category. (He's $504,566 shy of conditional status.) The 52-year-old made only one start on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14, missing the cut at The Greenbrier Classic, but he went 1-for-2 on the Champions Tour. He then placed T14 at Champions Tour Q School on Friday to earn the opportunity to peg it in open qualifiers at co-sponsored events on that circuit. Should Lancaster compete on the Champions Tour when eligible on merit for the PGA TOUR event in the same event, he will forfeit a start on his medical.
Nov 22 - 7:31 PM

Chris Couch remains out indefinitely due to a back injury suffered in 2012.

Couch turned 41 years of age in May, but hasn't played anywhere of note since withdrawing from the 2012 Wyndham Championship with a wrist injury. He was then given a Major Medical Extension for 2013 but for the aforementioned back issue. The MME was renewed a second time for 2014-15. Should he earn $331,662 in his next four starts on the PGA TOUR, he'll retain status for the remainder of the season. He's only $138,447 short of securing conditional status. However, because he's sat out for so long, continue to ignore him in all formats. This is the option you've likely exercised for some time anyway.
Nov 22 - 7:23 PM

Tiger Woods alerted his 4.13 million followers on Twitter today that he's hired Chris Como as his swing coach.

Woods wrote, "Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I’m excited to be back competing." The former world's No. 1-ranked golfer was introduced to Como by longtime pal Notah Begay III this summer. Como works out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. He follows Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Sean Foley, respectively, as the primary set of eyes and intellect in which Woods will have faith. The future Hall of Famer is expected to return to competition at the Hero World Challenge on Dec. 4-7.
Nov 22 - 1:41 PM

Bo Van Pelt went 3-for-4 during the Fall Series and will enter 2015 ranked 141st in the FedExCup standings.

Van Pelt got into an early-season slump last year, missing the cut in six of his first nine events, so it's good to see him swinging well this time around. After the slump was busted, BVP rattled off eight top 30s in his final 16 events. Van Pelt looks good to go once 2015 rolls around, and should be back on most gamers' radars, if he wasn't already.
Nov 21 - 8:55 AM

Morgan Hoffmann is off to a slow start in 2014-15 after an exhausting breakout campaign last year.

Hoffmann posted eight top 25s last season, playing a whopping 32 total events, ultimately finishing 26th in the final FedExCup standings after a pair of timely top 10s in the Playoffs. The hangover was easy to notice during the Fall Series as he missed the cut at the Shriners, and then followed that up with a share of 61st place (of 77) at the CIMB Classic. A little rest could do him good, as the sky is still the limit for the talent 25-year old from New Jersey. At the same time, he's on the record for planning to reduce his schedule to 20-25 starts this season, but the less-is-more theory may not translate into our world.
Nov 21 - 8:43 AM

Troy Merritt finished the Fall Series with a 2-for-4 record, positioning himself 161st in the FedExCup standings.

Merritt had a career-best FEC finish last season, ending the year ranked 101st in the race to Atlanta. While his consistency still isn't there, earning just 10-of-20 cuts made in 2013-14, his runner-up at the FedEx St. Jude Classic was a career first. Having now made his playoff debut, gamers should keep an eye on him to see if any of that confidence spills over into 2015.
Nov 21 - 8:36 AM

Ryo Ishikawa has made each of his first three cuts of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign.

He played the first three events of the new season, tying for 19th in the Open, sharing 28th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and finishing joint 26th at the CIMB Classic. Following that run, he's made two additional starts overseas where he has failed to crack the top 50 despite making both cuts. He is ranked 50th in the FedExCup standings.
Nov 20 - 12:36 PM

Brian Gay has yet to begin his 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign due to a thumb injury.

Gay competed in 26 events last season, including the final regular season event at the Wyndham Championship, failing to crack the top 70 in his last six starts. It was becoming clear that something was amiss when he decided to take a seat on the sidelines. His current return is unknown at this point. He is fully exempt this season thanks to his win at the 2013 Humana Challenge. At this rate, he is trending towards a Major Medical Extension for 2015-16 if he fails to retain his status.
Nov 20 - 12:33 PM

Steve Stricker is in the resting phase of his rehabilitation process for the torn labrum in his left hip.

Stricker shut down his 2013-14 season prematurely, even though he was still eligible at The Barclays. The torn labrum played a big part, but he managed to play through that pain for much of last season, so that wasn't the only reason. With more pressing issues like his brother's health at the time, as well as his annual elk hunting trip, it was no surprise to see him hang it up early. With a lot on his plate, we saw just two top 10s last season after eight the following. Gamers will want to watch Stricker closely to see how his hip responds early in the season to some much needed rest.
Nov 20 - 9:07 AM

Stuart Appleby will look to carry over momentum from 2014 after posting the second-highest FedExCup finish of his career.

While the FedExCup has merely been around since 2007, Appleby finished 31st in the standings last season, bested only by his 18th place in 2008. He put an exclamation mark on the year with a runner-up finish at The Barclays, his first podium finish since his win at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. Gamers should take note of his accomplishments but temper their expectations in 2015 as 43-year-old golfers generally don't progress their careers this late in the game.
Nov 20 - 8:51 AM

Bryce Molder is back in the driver's seat after a T3 and T42 during the Fall Series, and will enjoy the time off before 2015 rolls around.

Molder's 2013-14 campaign took a nose dive after his WD for personal reasons at the Valero Texas Open. Following the mid-tournament exit, he went on to miss nine of 14 cuts, finishing 45th or worse in 12 of those. Gamers should place Molder back on their radar once the calendar flips to 2015, as it appears his form is returning.
Nov 20 - 8:41 AM

Phil Mickelson opted against competing in any of the 2014 events on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule.

That's not to say that Lefty has been bored. As reported by Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner on November 11, Mickelson has taken on the role of interim assistant golf coach at Arizona State University. His brother, Tim, is the head coach. Gamers shouldn't sweat Phil's decision to invest in his alma mater. It's been established throughout the years that things like this, which could be a distraction for some, tend to energize him. Expect him to jump into the PGA TOUR fray at some point on the West Coast Swing.
Nov 19 - 8:20 PM

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