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The R&A announced today that six golfers have been added to the field of 156 at The Open Championship at St. Andrews on July 16-19.

With established criteria sending fewer than planned in recent weeks, the host organization for the season's third major used the latest Official World Golf Ranking to plug the gaps. By virtue of ranking highest among those not yet eligible, the following golfers have gained entry (* = will be making his tournament debut): Francesco Molinari (43rd in the OWGR); Matt Jones (67th); Tim Clark (71st); *David Lingmerth (72nd); Harris English (74th); *Daniel Berger (75th).
Jun 29 - 8:26 PM

Josh Teater turned in a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's open qualifier for The Greenbrier Classic, but was three strokes too high to join the playoff for a berth into the tournament proper.

Teater birdied two of the three par 5s on the Cobb Course at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia, today, and settled for a share of 15th place. He'll remain sixth alternate into the field of 156 at The Old White TPC, but he's scheduled to compete in the Web.com Tour's Nova Scotia Open. Other notables that failed to qualify for the Greenbrier today include: 67--Roberto Castro ... 68--Vaughn Taylor; Arjun Atwal; Patrick Sheehan ... 69--Andrew Loupe; Craig Kanada; Bubba Dickerson ... 70--Brad Adamonis; Todd Demsey ... 71--David Mathis; Jon Mills ... 74--Dick Mast.
Jun 29 - 7:58 PM

Kristoffer Broberg was T12 in last year's Alstom Open de France and returns for another crack this week.

The Swede was also T25 on debut at Le Golf National in 2013 so enjoys the test provided by the undulating par 71 which consistently rewards strong iron play. That is Broberg's strength and he's finished inside the top 10 for greens in regulation in each of his last three starts. They comprise a T13 at the Nordea Masters, a T6 in the Lyoness Open and a T27 at the BMW International Open last week. That run has lifted the Swede to 73rd in the Race to Dubai.
Jun 29 - 5:18 PM

Scott Hend travels to France this week to make his debut at the Alstom Open de France.

The Aussie missed the cut at the BMW International Open last time but was T33 at the Nordea Masters before that. A tied second place at February's Thailand Classic and a T5 in the Mauritius Open last month are the main reasons for his 53rd place in the Race to Dubai. Hend is best known for his big hitting but driving distance has been a relatively unimportant stat at Le Golf National so it remains to be seen how well he'll take to the par 71.
Jun 29 - 5:09 PM

Lee Westwood is in this week's Alstom Open de France field for the first time since 2012.

Westwood is 10-for-10 at Le Golf National and has had several brushes with victory. The Englishman was runner-up in 2009 and has finished in the top six on three other occasions. It won't be lost on Westwood that the 2018 Ryder Cup will be held at this venue so it seems a good time to reacquaint himself with the par 71. He'll arrive in Paris seeking a spark after following a missed cut at Sawgrass with a T38 at Wentworth, a T53 at the Irish Open and a T50 at Chambers Bay.
Jun 29 - 4:58 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen represents a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma going into this week's Alstom Open de France.

Good luck if you're a fantasy manager trying to weigh up the Dane's chances. Olesen defied logic by finishing runner-up in May's Mauritius Open on his first start after a three-month injury absence but followed that with four straight missed cuts. He finally made the weekend again with a T29 at last week's BMW International Open. His course form at Le Golf National is equally difficult to fathom. The 25-year-old was T2 on debut in 2011 but has failed to cash in his only two other starts in 2013 and 2014.
Jun 29 - 4:42 PM

Richie Ramsay is 34th in the Race To Dubai heading into this week's Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National.

Since winning the Trophee Hassan II in late March, the Scot has finished outside the top 15 just once in six starts so is in the middle of his most consistent run of form since turning pro. Ramsay still has a way to go before being considered a future Ryder Cup contender but a win this week at the course which will host the 2018 event would thrust him into the picture. His form at Le Golf National is mixed but a top five in 2011 suggests he could feature prominently on Sunday.
Jun 29 - 4:23 PM

For the third time this season, Garrett Osborn has successfully open qualified for a PGA TOUR event, this time for this week's Greenbrier Classic.

The 30-year-old first turned the trick at the Sanderson Farms where he parlayed a T9 into a top-10 exemption at Mayakoba (MC). He then navigated the four-spotter for the St. Jude but also missed the cut in the tournament proper. Today at the Resort at Glade Springs' Cobb Course in Daniels, West Virginia, Osborn shot 5-under-par 33-33=66 with an eagle-3 and four birdies to cover one bogey. He and seven-time West Virginia Open champion David Bradshaw (33-33=66; six birdies, one bogey) survived a 3-for-2 playoff with Mike Van Sickle. Virginia Tech product Garland Green was the medalist with a 7-under 30-34=64. He buried eight birdies against one bogey to secure his PGA TOUR debut. Patrick Newcomb took runner-up honors with a bogey-free, 6-under 32-33=65 (six birdies). In his only previous TOUR start, Newcomb missed the cut at The McGladrey Classic last fall, also as an open qualifier. The field at The Old White TPC is now complete at 156.
Jun 29 - 3:26 PM

Jonathan Byrd has joined the field of this week's Greenbrier Classic.

He was fourth alternate when the field was released, but Byrd was handed a sponsor exemption to eliminate the wait. He's competed in every edition of the tournament, trading two top 25s with three missed cuts. On conditional status this season, he's cashed in just half of his 16 starts and sits 166th in the FedExCup standings as he's still chasing his first top-15 finish.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:37 AM

Will Wilcox has been added to the published field of this week's Greenbrier Classic.

The 29-year-old was the second alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He gained entry following two withdrawals. Wilcox tied for fourth here in his debut last year. It's his best finish in 28 career PGA TOUR starts. He's currently 141st in the FedExCup standings in only 10 starts thanks to one top 10 and another four top 25s. As much as he's been contributing on conditional status and off the radar, he's a gem in all formats, but especially at The Old White TPC.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:32 AM

Johnson Wagner has gained entry into this week's Greenbrier Classic.

Wagner was the first alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He filled one of the two vacancies following withdrawals. The 35-year-old was on pace for the FedExCup Playoffs following a playoff loss in Houston, but he's since drifted to 128th in FedExCup points with six missed cuts in seven starts since. The Old White TPC is as good as any site to get off the schneid. Wagner has cashed in the last four editions, including a T2 in 2013 where he opened with a career-low 62.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:29 AM

Patrick Rodgers received a sponsor exemption to compete in this week's Greenbrier Classic.

The PGA TOUR rookie added a T39 at the Travelers Championship to his slate, but he still has just the lone top 25, albeit a T2 at Quail Hollow. With 408.38 non-member FedExCup points in the bank, he'd rank 107th among members, so he's in comfortable position to earn fully exempt status. Rodgers is also 10th on the Web.com Tour money list, so he has a real-time contingency plan in play. His fantasy value is still very much down the road, but keeper leagues are encouraged to make room if you already haven't.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:20 AM

Mike Weir has decided not to compete at this week's Greenbrier Classic.

It's been an atrocious season for the eight-time PGA TOUR winner. He's just 1-for-17 and hasn't broken par in the 2015 portion of the schedule. Weir turned 45 years of age in May, so he's in no-man's land on his career arc. Of course, injuries haven't helped and his game is overwhelmed on most tracks.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:15 AM

Brian Harman has been removed from the published field of this week's Greenbrier Classic.

The lefty settled for solo third at the Travelers Championship after holding the outright lead entering the final round, but he didn't leave empty-handed. Harman collected one of the four berths into The Open Championship, so his decision not to play this week is likely due to him picking up a start at St. Andrews in two weeks. He's 63rd in the FedExCup standings thanks in part to three top 10s in his last seven events.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:10 AM

Neal Lancaster polished off the U.S. Senior Open with a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-33=67 to post 3-over 283, good for a share of 33rd place.

The 52-year-old aced the par-3 second hole at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California. Because it damaged the cup, the hole was moved two feet from its original location. He added a birdie at par-4 10th and surrounded his par breakers with 16 pars. Despite the fact that he competed in a major on the Champions Tour, Lancaster was eligible for merit at the Travelers Championship, so he'll be docked a start on his medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR. He now has four starts remaining to earn $727,814 for a promotion to the Major Medical category. He's currently scheduled to peg it at this week's Greenbrier Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 11:40 PM


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