Major Field Gathers in Minnesota

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 11, 2002, 4:00 pm
David Toms defeated the best players in the world to win last year's PGA Championship. That's because the season's final major offers one of the best fields of the year.
The following is a list of players eligible to compete in the 84th PGA Championship, Aug. 15-18 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn:
1. All former PGA Champions.
2. Winners of the last five U.S. Opens (1998-2002).
3. Winners of the last five Masters (1998-2002).
4. Winners of the last five British Opens (1998-2002).
5. The current (2002) Senior PGA Champion.
6. The low 15 scorers and ties in the 2001 PGA Championship.
7. The 25 low scorers in The 2002 PGA Club Professional Championship.
8. The 70 leaders in official money standings from the 2001 Buick Open through the 2002 International.
9. Members of the 1999 United States Ryder Cup Team.
10. Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour from the 2001 PGA Championship to the 2002 PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions).
11. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.
12. Vacancies will be filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings.
The total field will consist of 156 players, with spots being held for: Winners of the International and Buick Open (if not already exempt); The top 70 players from the PGA Championship Points List as of Aug. 4; and any additional special invites by the PGA of America.
Field as of 8/11/02
Robert Allenby
Stephen Ames
Billy Andrade
Stuart Appleby
Paul Azinger
Briny Baird
Cameron Beckman
Rich Beem
Don Berry
Thomas Bjorn
James Blair
Mark Brooks
Angel Cabrera
Mark Calcavecchia
Chad Campbell
Michael Campbell
Jim Carter
Paul Casey
K.J. Choi
Stewart Cink
Tim Clark
Darren Clarke
Jose Coceres
John Cook
John Daly
Wayne DeFrancesco
Chris DiMarco
Tom Dolby
Joe Durant
David Duval
Joel Edwards
Steve Elkington
Ernie Els
Bob Estes
Barry Evans
Nick Faldo
Sean Farren
Niclas Fasth
Brad Faxon
Tim Fleming
Steve Flesch
Fred Funk
Jim Furyk
Robert Gamez
Sergio Garcia
Brian Gay
Mike Gilmore
Matt Gogel
Ricardo Gonzalez
Retief Goosen
David Gossett
Jay Haas
Anders Hansen
Soren Hansen
Padraig Harrington
Buddy Harston
Dudley Hart
Rick Hartmann
J.P. Hayes
J.J. Henry
Tim Herron
Scott Hoch
Charles Howell III
John Huston
Toshi Izawa
Lee Janzen
Shingo Katayama
Jonathan Kaye
Jerry Kelly
Skip Kendall
Joseph Klinchock
Matt Kuchar
Rob Labritz
Neal Lancaster
Bernhard Langer
Jeffrey Lankford
Paul Lawrie
Scott Laycock
Ian Leggatt
Tom Lehman
Justin Leonard
Justin Leonard
Thomas Levet
J.L. Lewis
Frank Lickliter
Peter Lonard
Davis Love III
Steve Lowery
Jeff Maggert
Barry Mahlberg
Shigeki Maruyama
Len Mattiace
Billy Mayfair
Scott McCarron
Paul McGinley
Spike McRoy
Rocco Mediate
Phil Mickelson
Colin Montgomerie
Alan Morin
Larry Nelson
Greg Norman
Peter OMalley
Mark OMeara
Jose Maria Olazabal
Greg Owen
Jesper Parnevik
Craig Parry
Carl Paulson
David Peoples
Pat Perez
Craig Perks
Kenny Perry
Carl Pettersson
Bill Porter
Nick Price
Phillip Price
Chris Riley
Loren Roberts
John Rollins
Eduardo Romero
Justin Rose
Rory Sabbatini
Steve Schneiter
Adam Scott
Joey Sindelar
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Jeff Sluman
Chris Smith
Kent Stauffer
Craig Stevens
Curtis Strange
Steve Stricker
Kevin Sutherland
Hal Sutton
Toru Taniguchi
Dave Tentis
Taichi Teshima
Tim Thelen
Kim Thompson
Robert Thompson
David Toms
Kirk Triplett
Bob Tway
Scott Verplank
Duffy Waldorf
Tom Watson
Tim Weinhart
Mike Weir
Lee Westwood
Dean Wilson
Tiger Woods
Ian Woosnam
Bruce Zabriski
Fuzzy Zoeller
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry