Sectional Qualifying Results

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
Monday, June 4, 2001
 
Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Md.
(48 golfers for 2 spots)

Joel Kribel, Washington, D.C., 68-67--135
Olin Browne, Hobe Sound, Fla., 70-65--135
Benjamin Bates, Pace, Fla, 65-71-136
 
Alternates
Kent Jones, Albuquerque, N.M., 71-67--138
Joe Cioe, Crystal River, Fla., 70-70--140
Jay Delsing, St. Louis, Mo., 68-7--140
Ben Crane, Beaverton, Ore., 70-70--140

Did not qualify
Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga., 69-72--141
Pat Perez, San Diego, Calif., 71-70--141
Shane Bertsch, Parker, Colo., 69-74--143
Kyle Gallo, Kensington, Conn.., 70-73--143
Jeff Hughes, Waco, Tx., 71-72--143
Wayne Defrancesco, Columbia, Md., 77-67--144
Steve Haskins, El Paso, Texas., 71-73--144
David Hutsell, Baltimore, Md., 73-71--144
John Pillar, Hawley, Pa., 72-72--144
Brett Bingham, Burbank, Calif., 75-70--145
Ronald A Philo Jr, Amelia Island, Fla., 68-77--145
Tom McKnight, Bluffton, S.C., 70-76--146
Miguel Rivera, Bel Air, Md., 73-73--146
Chris Wollmann, Strongsville, Ohio, 76-70--146
Ben Duncan, Clemson, S.C., 77-70--147
Cameron Yancey, Blackstone, Va., 72-75--147
Chris Couch, Gainesville, Fla., 73-76--149
Daniel Konieczny, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., 75-74--149
Darron Stiles, Weaverville, N.C., 78-71--149
Rob Corcoran, South Windsor, Conn.., 77-73--150
Vince Covello, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 78-72--150
Larry Milosh, Aliquippa, Pa., 74-76--150
Andy Dofflemyer, Earlysville, Va., 74-78--152
Pat Patterson, Sea Island, Ga., 78-74--152
Michael Reese, Winter Springs, Fla., 77-75--152
Bobby Clampett, Cary, N.C., 75-78--153
Bart Mease, Gaithersburg, Md., 75-78--153
Tom O'Leary, Kissimmee, Fla., 78-75--153
Terry Slater Jr, Baptistown, N.J., 76-77--153
Andrew Biggadike, Ridgewood, N.J., 78-76--154
John Deleon, Tulsa, Okla., 81-74--155
Rob Welton, Clayton, N.C., 79-77--156
Jason Cordes, Phoeniz, Ariz., 79-78--157
David Havens, Charlottesville, Va., 75-82--157
Mark Anderson, Collegeville, Pa., 81-80--161
Michael Maness, Galivant's Ferry, S.C., 82-79--161
James Schouller Jr, Olney, Md., 84-77--161
Lee Rinker, Sylvania, Ohio., 74-NC--NC
 
Columbine Country Club, Denver, Colo.
(29 golfers for 2 spots)

John Douma, Carefree, Ariz., 71-64--135
Kyle Blackman, N Mankato, Minn., 67-70--137
 
ALTERNATES
Jason Allen, Pueblo, Colo., 68-71--139
Rick Cramer, Fort Collins, Colo., 70-69--139
Kevin Stadler, Englewood, Colo., 68-71--139
Mikkel Reese, Chandler, Ariz., 72-68--140
 
Did Not Qualify
Scott Petersen, Greenwood Villa, Colo., 70-70--140
Chris Endres, Phoenix, Ariz., 71-70--141
Craig Stadler, Denver, Colo. 70-71--141
Michael Zaremba, Pueblo West, Colo., 73-69--142
Pat Fry, Ft Collins, Colo., 72-70--142
Brett Wayment, Logan, Utah, 71-71--142
John Hayes, Littleton, Colo., 71-72--143
Micah Rudosky, Cortez, Colo., 73-72--145
Doug Rohrbaugh, Carbondale, Colo., 75-70--145
Tommy Hart, Denver, Colo., 74-71--145
Ken Krieger, Cheyenne, Wyo., 69-76--145
Johan Forsman, Sweden, 72-73--145
James Huish, Roseville, Calif., 75-72--147
Brian Spiva, Casper, Wyo., 72-75--147
Jonathan Gibbs, Boise, Idaho, 74-75--149
Ryan Murphy, Albuquerque, N.M., 77-73--150
Ray Rodriguez, Fort Morgan, Colo., 79-72--151
Tony Grimes, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 74-77--151
Kirk Nelson, Kihei, Hawaii, 76-77--153
Todd Rakotz, Phoenix, Ariz., 76-77--153
B J Brady, Colorado Spring, Colo., 74-79--153
Brett Glaser, Park City, Utah, 78-76--154
John Ward, Denver, Colo., 77-81-158
 
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga.
(64 golfers for 4 spots)

Bryce Molder, Conway, Ark., 64-69--133
Billy Andrade, Atlanta, Ga., 70-65--135
Charles Raulerson Jr, Atlantic Beach, Fla., 68-68--136
Joey Maxon, Columbia, S.C., 66-70-136
 
Alternates
Chris Winchip, Columbia, S.C., 70-68--138
John Engler, Augusta, Ga., 67-72-139
Tommy Biershenk, Inman, S.C., 65-74-139
Paul Claxton, St. Simon's Island, Ga., 70-69-139
 
Did Not Qualify
Thomas Weekley, Milton, Fla., 72-68--140
Justin Bolli, Roswell, Ga., 71-69--140
Jimmy Johnston, Knoxville, Tenn., 70-71--141
Scott Parel, Augusta, Ga., 69-72--141
David Eger, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 74-67--141
Mark Slawter, Raleigh, N.C., 69-73--142
James Johnson, Johnson City, Tenn., 67-76--143
Kyle Thompson, Columbia, S.C. 72-71--143
Jack Hall, Savannah, Ga., 72-72--144
Brian Sharp, Winston-Salem, N.C., 74-70--144
Mike Taylor, Gastonia, N.C., 73-71--144
Tee Burton, Shelby, N.C., 72-72--144
Robert Butler, Camden, S.C., 70-72-144
Michael Pearson, Alpharetta, Ga. 72-72--144
Matthew Kuchar, Jupiter, Fla., 71-73--144
Scott Volpitto, Augusta, Ga., 69-76--145
Tommy Roddy, Gainesville, Fla., 73-72--145
Michael Harmon, Beaufort, S.C., 73-72--145
John Asay, Camden, S.C., 73-73--146
David Miller, Daphne, Ala., 74-72--146
Jason Dillard, Bessemer, Ala., 69-77--146
Bart Bryant, Ocoee, Fla., 72-74--146
Jim Herman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 73-74--147
Scott Smith, Loxley, Ala., 73-74--147
Tim Weinhart, Duluth, Ga., 73-74--147
Iain Steel, Pelham, Ala., 70-78--148
John Coles III, Birmingham, Ala., 72-76--148
Brad Schwartz, New Smyra Beach, Fla., 75-73--148
Nicholas Biesecker, Lexington, N.C., 74-74--148
Chris Devlin, Birmingham, Ala., 75-74--149
Chad Lytton, Orlando, Fla., 73-76--149
Garrett Smyth, Raleigh, N.C., 78-71--149
Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga., 75-74--149
Rich Morris, El Dorado, Kan., 76-73--149
Chris Wisler, Dover, Del., 69-80--149
D. J. Trahan, Inman, S.C., 73-76--149
Philip Worthington, Daytona Beach, Fla., 74-75--149
James White, Chattanooga, Tenn., 76-74--150
John Holmes, Campbellsville, Ken., 79-71--150
Rick Gehr, Foley, Ala., 73-78--151
Shane Rawley, Sarasota, Fla., 78-75--153
Todd Peluso, Huntington Station, N.Y., 77-76--153
Tim Ailes, Carroll, Ohio, 75-78--153
Craig Merrell, Charleston, S.C., 78-76--154
Michael Carbone, Brewster, Mass., 77-77--154
Harold Wyatt, Atlanta, Ga., 78-76--154
Steve White Jr, Rocky Face, Ga., 78-77--155
Ben Garner, Lake Forest, Calif., 73-82--155
Nash Elliott, Columbia, S.C., 81-76--157
Butler Melnyk, Jacksonville, Fla., 81-79--160
Peter John Kelly III, Charlotte, N.C., 80-82--162
David Rowe, Birmingham, Ala., 82-81--163
Michael-John Creedy, Bonita Springs, Fla., 88-90--178
 
Cantigny Golf Club, Chicago. Ill.
(40 golfers for 3 spots)

Jess Daley, Wheeling, Ill., 69-69--138
John Harris, Minneapolis, Minn., 69-71--140
Marty Schiene, Naperville, Ill., 69-72-141
 
Alternates
Michael Harris, Troy, Mich., 74-69--143
Jason Owen, Jackson, Mo., 71-72--143
 
Did Not Qualify
Don Berry, Maple Grove, Minn., 73-72--145
Roy Biancalana, Lake Mary, Fla., 73-72--145
Mark Wilson, Pewaukee, Wisc., 72-74--146
Bob Mack, Elk Grove, Ill., 75-71--146
David Gunderson, Stillwater, Minn., 73-73--146
Aaron Barber, Orlando, Fla., 74-73--147
John Ehrgott, Peoria, Ill., 75-72--147
Tony Soerries, Stuart, Fla., 73-74--147
Nate Gilchrist, Bowling Green, Ky., 73-76--149
Jerry Smith, Scottsdale, Ariz., 78-72--150
David Wettlaufer, Kitchner, Ont., 72-78--150
Mike Small, Savoy, Ill., 73-77--150
Douglas LaBelle II, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., 74-77--151
David Nordeen, St. Bonifacius, Minn., 77-74--151
Ken Vanko, Aurora, Ill., 79-73--152
Matt Slowinski, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 76-76--152
Steve Sheehan, Reno, Nev., 76-78--154
Timothy Jacobs, McHenry, Ill., 76-78--154
Michael Crowley, Lake Geneva, Wis., 77-78--155
Chris Kramer, West Des Moines, Iowa, 78-77--155
Scott Spence, Shorewood, Minn., 79-77--156
Jim Troy, Clarendon Hills, Ill., 81-75--156
Craig Brischke, White Bear Lake, Minn., 79-77--156
Rob Robinson, Homewood, Ill., 80-78--158
Scott Briggs, Burlington, Iowa, 82-76--158
Michael Guli, No. Barrington, Ill., 80-79--159
Robert Gregorski, Cato, Wis., 76-83--159
Kevin Marion, Highland Park, Ill., 79-80--159
Mark Voeller, Waukesha, Wis., 78-85--163
Nick Taute, Decatur, Ill., 82-81--163
Jake Pasch, Fox Point, Wis., 86-79--165
Josh Sellers, Aurora, Ill., 84-83--167
 
Kirtland Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio
(22 golfers for 2 spots)

Bradley Klaprott, Fort Wayne, Ind., 70-67'137
Chad Campbell, Andrews, Texas, 71-68'139
 
Alternates
Justin Hicks, Boyton Beach, Fla, 68-74'142
Robert Gaus, St. Louis, Mo., 69-73'142
 
Did Not qualify
Danny Mijovic, Richmond Hill, Ont., 73-70--143
Chuck Radabaugh, Toledo, Ohio, 69-74--143
Michael Emery Jr., Canton, Ohio, 69-75--144
Mitch Camp, Aurora, Ohio, 74-72--146
Derek Gillespie, Oshawa, Ont., 70-76--146
Greg Boyette, Akron, Ohio, 75-72--147
Sean Farren, Oakmont, Pa., 71-76--147
Bob Koch, Medina, Ohio, 73-75--148
Anthony Zummo, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, 74-74--148
Chad Collins, Cloverdale, Ind., 72-76--148
Tom Atchison, Silver Lake, Ohio, 75-73--148
Michael Roberts, Waterloo, Ont., 76-73--149
John Mazza, Beaver Falls, Pa., 73-76--149
Dan Quinn, Pittsburgh, Pa., 73-78--151
Steven Antenucci, Pittsburgh, Pa., 76-75--151
Joe Nieporte, Farmington, Pa., 78-75--153
Mark Telerico, 77-77--154
Mark Kirk, Hamburg, N.Y., 79-77--156
 

Northwood Club, Dallas, Texas
(43 golfers for 3 spots)

Chris Wall, Dallas, Texas, 72-67'139
Clark Dennis, Fort Worth, Texas 68-71'139
Jimmy Walker, Cibolo, Texas, 71-70'141
 
Did Not qualify
Joseph Moss, Monroe, La., 71-71--142
Ron Whittaker, Plano, Texas, 74-70--144
Migeul Del Angel, Katy, Texas, 72-73--145
John Flinton, Edmond, Okla., 74-71--145
Greg Hiller, Glen Ullin, N.D., 73-72--145
Dean Overturf, Dallas, Texas, 69-76--145
Henry Cagigal, Fort Worth, Texas, 71-75--146
Bob Kearney, Houston, Texas, 72-74--146
Kevin Muncrief, Norman, Okla., 76-70--146
Jay Reynolds, Austin, Texas, 70-76--146
Andrew Sanders, Houston, Texas, 70-76--146
Shawn Savage, Midland, Texas, 72-74--146
D.A. Weibring, Plano, Texas, 72-74--146
Gary Christian, Frisco, Texas, 75-72--147
Eric Epperson, Plano, Texas, 73-74--147
Cody Freeman, Woodward, Okla., 72-75--147
Trip Kuehne, Dallas, Texas, 72-76--148
Brian Watts, Norman, Okla., 74-74--148
Ben Crenshaw, Austin, Texas, 73-76--149
Dan Dunkelberg, Ft. Worth, Texas, 78-71--149
Kevin Henry, Fairfield, Conn., 74-75--149
Gordon Johnson, Houston, Texas, 76-73--149
Franklin Hatchett, Jacksonville, Texas, 73-78--151
Cliff Bailey, Shreveport, La., 74-78--152
Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, Texas, 75-77--152
Jon Whittaker, Little Rock, Ark., 79-73--152
Chuck Westergard, San Antonio, Texas, 76-76--152
Stephen Sparolini, Dallas, Texas, 74-78--152
Charleton Dechert, Tulsa, Okla., 76-77--153
Eric Joseph, Longview, Texas, 73-80--153
Brian McMyler, Houston, Texas, 77-77--154
Gabe Reynolds, Wildwood, Texas, 77-77--154
Casey Clendenon, Katy, Texas, 75-80--155
Todd Fields, El Paso, Texas, 81-74--155
Ted Soule, Austin, Texas, 79-77--156
Heath McGallion, Beaumont, Texas, 81-77--158
David Studebaker, Wichita Falls, Texas, 79-79--158
 
The Lakes Golf and Country Club, Westerville, Ohio and Double Eagle, Westerville, Ohio
(120 golfers for 26 spots)

Gary Nicklaus, North Palm Beach, Fla., 66-66--132
Dudley Hart, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 67-68--135
Brett Quigley, Barrington, R.I., 70-65--135
Fred Couples, Santa Barbara, Calif., 69-66--135
Jarmo Sandelin, Imatra, Finland, 66-70--136
Mike Sposa, Coral Springs, Fla., 67-69--136
Chris Smith, Peru, Ind., 68-68--136
Todd Fischer, Pleasanton, Calif., 66-70--136
Bob Tway, Edmond, Okla., 68-69--137
Tim Herron, Minneapolis, Minn., 72-65--137
Peter Lonard, New South Wales, Australia, 66-71--137
Harrison Frazar, Dallas, Texas, 72-66--138
Dean Wilson, Provo, Utah, 67-71--138
Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis., 67-71--138
Robert Gamez, Las Vegas, Nev., 68-70--138
Glen Day, Little Rock, Ark., 70-68--138
Charles Howell, Augusta, Ga., 68-70--138
Stephen Gangluff, Columbus, Ohio, 70-68--138
Carl Paulson, Orlando, Fla., 68-70--138
Kevin Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif., 67-72--139
Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 69-70--139
Skip Kendall, Ocoee, Fla., 71-68--139
Jeff Freeman, La Quinta, Calif., 66-73--139
Steve Lowery, Birmingham, Ala., 68-71--139
Esteban Toledo, Mexicali, Mexico, 70-70--140
John Maginnes, Greensboro, N.C., 71-69--140
 
ALTERNATES
Bill Glasson, Stillwater, Okla., 70-70--140
Frank Nobilo, Auckland, New Zealand, 70-70--140
Sean Murphy, Scottsdale, Ariz., 71-69--140
Joey Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y., 66-74--140
Rory Sabbatini, Durban, South Africa, 74-66--140
David Howser, Cordova, Tenn., 70-70--140
 
Did not qualify
Guy Boros, Pompano Beach, Fla., 68-72--140
Aaron Baddeley, Melbourne, Australia, 70-71--141
Billy Mayfair, Scottsdale, Ariz., 72-69--141
Steve Runge, Delray Beach, Fla., 72-69--141
a-Anders Hultman, Gothenberg, Sweden, 72-69--141
Greg Chalmers, Sydney, Australia, 68-73--141
Michael Clark II, Rocky Face, Ga., 70-71--141
Geoff Ogilvy, Scottsdale, Ariz., 73-68--141
Dan Olsen, Columbus, Ohio, 68-73--141
Jonathan Kaye, Phoenix, Ariz., 68-74--142
Jerry Kelly, Madison, Wis., 70-72--142
Greg Sweatt, Rock Hill, S.C., 71-71--142
John Cook, Windermere, Fla., 71-71--142
Mathew Goggin, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 70-72--142
Steve Allan, Scottsdale, Ariz., 71-71--142
Rob Boldt, Walnut Creek, Calif., 71-71--142
Richard Massey, Harrington Park, N.J., 72-70--142
Garrett Willis, Loudon, Tenn., 69-73--142
Joe Ogilvie, Austin, Texas, 72-71--143
a-Lee Williamson, Crawfordsville, Ind., 69-74--143
Brad Elder, Dallas, Texas, 72-71--143
Greg Kraft, Clearwater, Fla., 74-69--143
Len Mattiace, Jacksonville, Fla., 72-72--144
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane, W.Va., 73-71--144
Joe Daley, Scottsdale, Ariz., 70-74--144
Todd Bailey, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 72-72--144
Stephen Anderson, Orlando, Fla., 74-71--145
Bradley Hughes, Melbourne, Australia, 71-74--145
Rob Moss, Broadview Heights, Ohio, 70-75--145
Mario Tiziani, Chanhassen, Minn., 73-72--145
Damon Green, Orlando, Fla., 74-71--145
Scott Burnett, Lebanon, Ohio, 75-70--145
Mike Stone, Toledo, Ohio, 71-74--145
Randy Leen, Cincinnati, Ohio, 74-71--145
Dwayne Randall, Springfield, Ohio, 73-73--146
Nathan Green, New South Wales, Australia, 69-77--146
Brian Kontak, Phoenix, Ariz., 72-74--146
Jeffrey Hunter, Columbia, Ill., 75-71--146
Scott Davis, Hurricane, W.Va., 75-71--146
Tom Purtzer, Green Valley, Ariz., 73-73--146
Jeffrey Lyons, Brentwood, Calif., 73-73--146
Ben Curtis, Kent, Ohio, 73-73--146
Brennan Webb, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, 77-70--147
a-Jim Fuller, State College, Pa., 75-72--147
Hidemichi Tanaka, Tokyo, Japan, 73-74--147
Larry King, Trenton, Ohio, 72-75--147
a-Ryan Dennis, Columbus, Ohio, 75-72--147
Chris Greenwood, Valdese, N.C., 72-76--148
Dennis Miller, Warren, Ohio, 73-75--148
a-Ken Kinkopf, Hilliard, Ohio, 74-74--148
Eric Oakes, Monclova, Ohio, 72-76--148
Drew Scott, Pinehurst, N.C., 74-74--148
Michael Boyd, Tulsa, Okla., 69-79--148
a-Michael Austin, Columbus, Ohio, 72-76--148
a-Brent Goik, East Lansing, Mich., 72-78--150
a-Jeff Olson, Columbus, Ohio, 76-74--150
Sean Pacetti, St. Augustine, Fla., 74-76--150
Aaron Gizzi, Morgantown, W.Va., 77-73--150
Scott McCarron, Reno, Nev., 73-77--150
Gordon Vietmeier, Pittsburgh, Pa., 74-77--151
Sean English, Urbana, Ohio, 75-76--151
Jeremy Langley, Lexington, Ky., 77-74--151
Chris Locker, Mount Pleasant, S.C., 75-76--151
Charles Rudd, Kingwood, Texas, 73-79--152
Dennis Trixler, San Mateo, Calif., 77-75--152
John Hughes, Denver, N.C., 70-83--153
Brad Loomis, Milford, Ohio, 75-78--153
a-Chris Straley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 78-75--153
Denny Hepler, Warsaw, Ind., 78-75--153
a-Jin Park, Seoul, Korea, 78-75--153
Chris Dompier, Tucson, Ariz., 72-81--153
a-Bobby Castor, Ashland, Ohio, 79-75--154
Todd Doohan, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, 76-80--156
Chad Delaney, Yellow Spring, Ohio, 77-79--156
David Tennant, Hoover, Ala., 76-81--157
a-Andy Matthews, Ada, Mich., 81-76--157
Michael Finney, Louisville, Ky., 79-79--158
Matthew Riegel, Holt, Mich., 81-80--161
Todd Tremaglio, Dublin, Ohio, 77-85--162
a-Brandon Smith, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., 78-85--163
James Young, Edmond, Okla., 79-85--164
a-Jarod Wolford, Jackson, Ohio, 84-83--167
 
Tuesday, June 5, 2001
 
Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn.
(135 players for 29 spots)

Brian Henninger, Wilsonville, Ore., 64-67--131
Rich Beem, Las Cruces, N.M., 64-69--133
Dan Forsman, Provo, Utah, 66-68--134
J.L. Lewis, Austin, Texas, 65-69--134
Jeff Maggert, The Woodlands, Texas, 68-67--135
Pete Jordan, Valrico, Fla., 65-70--135
Paul Goydos, Coto De Caza, Calif., 64-71--135
David Peoples, Orlando, Fla., 63-72--135
Robert Damron, Orlando, Fla., 71-65--136
Mark Wiebe, Englewood, Colo., 62-74--136
Dicky Pride, Windermere, Fla., 68-68--136
Gabriel Hjertstedt, Umea, Sweden, 66-70--136
Shaun Micheel, Cordova, Tenn., 66-71--137
Ronnie Black, Tucson, Ariz., 69-68--137
Jeff Hart, Solona Beach, Calif., 66-71--137
Brandt Jobe, Southlake, Texas, 65-72--137
Jay Don Blake, St. George, Utah, 66-71--137
Willie Wood, Edmond, Okla., 66-71--137
Richard Zokol, British Columbia, Canada, 67-70--137
K.J. Choi, Seoul, Korea, 65-72--137
Jay Williamson, Windermere, Fla., 65-72--137
Kevin Johnson, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 66-72--138
Bob Estes, Abilene, Texas, 68-70--138
Tom Byrum, Richmond, Texas, 68-70--138
Briny Baird, Jupiter, Fla., 67-71--138
Tripp Isenhour, Orlando, Fla., 68-70--138
Mike Hulbert, Orlando, Fla., 66-72--138
Brandel Chamblee, Scottsdale, Ariz., 66-72--138
Mathias Gronberg, Stockholm, Sweden, 69-69--138
 
PLAYOFF FOR 4 ALTERNATE SPOTS
Billy Tuten, Sugar Land, Texas, 68-71--139
Derrick Pursley, Odessa, Texas, 67-72--139
David Frost, Cape Town, South Africa, 69-70--139
Rick Fehr, Redmond, Wash., 69-70--139
Jimmy Green, Daphne, Ala., 65-74--139
Ryan Dillon, Newburgh, Ind., 70-69--139
Jean Van De Velde, Mont de Marsan, France, 65-74--139
Michael Connell, Richardson, Texas, 67-72--139
Fulton Allem, Kroonstad, South Africa, 67-72--139
Jeff Brehaut, Sunnyvale, Calif., 66-73--139
Joel Edwards, Irvine, Calif., 69-70--139
 
Did Not Qualify
J.P. Hayes, El Paso, Texas, 68-72--140
Tyler Williamson, Decatur, Ala., 70-70--140
Paul Gow, Titusville, Fla., 70-70--140
Andrew McLardy, Triangle, Zimbabwe, 69-71140
Per-Ulrik Johansson, Uppsala, Sweden, 70-70--140
David Berganio Jr., Sylmar, Calif., 66-74--140
D.A. Points, Deland, Fla., 71-69--140
a-Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn., 65-75--140
Jonathan Byrd, Elgin, S.C., 67-73--140
Brian Gay, Orlando, Fla., 67-73--140
Lee Porter, Greensboro, N.C., 69-71--140
Bob Lohr, Orlando, Fla., 68-72--140
Steve Elkington, Sydney, Australia, 69-71--140
John Daly, Rogers, Ark., 71-70141
Jack O'Keefe, Louisville, Ky., 70-71--141
Lewis Chitengwa, Zimbabwe, 69-72--141
Craig Parry, Sydney, Australia, 72-69--141
David White, Little Rock, Ark., 70-71--141
Bruce Vaughan, Hutchinson, Kan., 66-75141
David Jasper, Louisville, Ky., 69-72--141
Jim Gallagher Jr., Greenwood, Miss., 68-73--141
Warren Schutte, South Africa, 73-68--141
Robin Freeman, Palm Desert, Calif., 68-74142
Stephen Woodard, Charlotte, N.C., 69-73--142
David Von Hoffman, West Palm Beach, Fla., 70-72--142
Edward Fryatt, Las Vegas, Nev., 71-71--142
a-Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev., 70-72--142
Jeff Sluman, Hinsdale, Ill., 68-74--142
Rodney Still, Marion, Ark., 67-75--142
Chip Beck, Lake Forest, Ill., 68-74--142
Neal Lancaster, Smithfield, N.C., 72-70--142
Larry Mize, Columbus, Ga., 69-73--142
Brent Schwarzrock, Winter Park, Fla., 69-73--142
Nolan Henke, Fort Myers, Fla., 69-73--142
Jeev Milkha Singh, Chandigarh, India, 66-76--142
Rob Bradley, Louisville, Ky., 72-70142
Kelly Grunewald, Grand Prairie, Texas, 67-75142
Jason Gore, Valencia, Calif., 70-72--142
Emanuele Canonica, Pavia, Italy, 70-72142
a-Jeffrey Calloway, Baker, La., 67-76--143
Spike McRoy, Huntsville, Ala., 68-75--143
Tommy Armour III, Irving, Texas, 67-76--143
Michael Flynn, Fort Worth, Texas, 70-73--143
Matthew McDougall, Rochester Hills, Mich., 68-75--143
Brent Winston, Sheridan, Ark., 71-72--143
Travis Womble, Nashville, Tenn., 72-71--143
David Dyer, Springdale, Ark., 71-73--144
Cameron Beckman, San Antonio, Texas, 70-74--144
a-Erik Compton, Miami, Fla., 70-74--144
J.J. Henry, Fairfield, Conn., 70-74--144
a-Ty Tryon, Orlando, Fla., 70-74--144
Christopher Berry, Las Vegas, Nev., 70-74--144
Chip Deason, Centreville, Ala., 70-75--145
Dave Stockton Jr., La Quinta, Calif., 71-74--145
Ed McSpadden, Russellville, Ark., 70-75--145
Craig Perks, Boussard, La., 70-76146
Michael Miller, Valencia, Calif., 70-76--146
Todd Ricker, Greeneville, Tenn., 71-75--146
a-Larry Dupree, Germantown, Tenn., 73-73--146
Jay Haas, Greer, S.C., 67-79--146
a-Jeff Jenkins, Van Buren, Ark., 73-74--147
Zane Zwemke, Aurora, Colo., 71-76--147
David Mathis, Cary, N.C., 72-75--147
Curtis Strange, Williamsburg, Va., 79-68--147
Brad Fritsch, Buies Creek, N.C., 71-77--148
Garett Wagner, San Ramon, Calif., 71-77--148
Tim Mickelson, San Diego, Calif., 68-80--148
a-Mark Petzold, Jacksonville, Fla., 75-74--149
Greg Towne, Clermont, Fla., 72-77--149
Don Donatello, Lake Mary, Fla., 73-76--149
John Hayes, St. Louis, Mo., 72-77--149
Scott Simpson, Poway, Calif., 76-74--150
a-Kevin Wassmer, Poseyville, Ind., 72-78--150
Ryan Helminen, Appleton, Wis., 74-76--150
a-Tom Madden Jr., Germantown, Tenn., 77-73--150
Matt Donovan, Pittsfield, Mass., 73-78--151
Brian Domingues, Beaumont, Texas, 74-77--151
Lee Brun, Jonesboro, Ark., 72-79--151
a-James Oh, Lakewood, Calif., 75-77--152
James Arnett, Austin, Texas, 77-75--152
Phillip Blythe, Louisville, Ky., 74-80--154
Steve Vatter, Albany, N.Y., 75-80--155
Eddie Heinen, Las Vegas, Nev., 77-78--155
a-Ben Branson, Hot Springs, Ark., 78-78--156
Jim Knoesel, Columbia, Mo., 77-81--158
 
Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.
(81 players for 5 spots)

Tim Petrovic, New Port Richey, Fla., 67-71--138
Jim McGovern, Oradell, N.J., 67-72--139
Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz., 71-69--140
George Frake II, Marlton, N.J., 71-70--141
Scott Dunlap, Duluth, Ga., 70-72'142 *
*(won 5-man playoff for one spot)
 
Alternate
Christopher Congdon, Attleboro, Mass., 70-72'142
Chris Van Der Velde, Norwich, Conn., 66-76--142
Fuzzy Zoeller, Floyds Knob, Ind., 69-73--142
Thomas Tobey, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 70-72--142
Michael Laudien, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 73-70--143
Billy Downes, Hampden, Mass., 73-70--143
Michael Meehan, Locust Valley, N.Y., 71-73--144
Billy Judah, Virginia Beach, Va., 72-72--144
Greg Twiggs, Colfax, N.C., 74-70--144
Andrew Morse, Needham, Mass., 69-75--144
John Connelly, Stowe, Mass., 72-72--144
Heath Wassem, Scarsdale, N.Y., 71-73--144
Mark Mielke, East Norwich, N.Y., 72-72--144
Tony DeMaria, Port Chester, N.Y., 76-70--146
(a) Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn., 74-72--146
Michael Martin, New Haven, Conn., 71-75--146
Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y., 73-73--146
Mike Stanoly, Houston, Texas, 74-72--146
Vince Ramagli, Mount Laurel, N.J., 75-71--146
Keiichiro Fukabori, Tokyo, 73-74--147
Arjun Atwal, Calcutta, India, 73-74--147
Rick Hartman, Sag Harbor, N.Y., 77-70--147
Mark Wurtz, La Quinta, Calif., 73-74--147
(a) Kenneth Bakst, New York, N.Y., 74-73--147
Rolf Muntz, Brasschaat, Germany, 78-70--148
Frank Bensel, Stamford, Conn., 74-74--148
Eric Crouse, Windham, Maine, 73-75--148
(a) Jim Roy, Syracuse, N.Y., 73-75--148
Michael Caporale, Manhasset, N.Y., 74-74--148
(a) James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass., 80-68--148
Peter Busch, Scotch Plains, N.J., 74-75--149
Tom Johnson, East Greenwich, R.I., 74-75--149
(a) James Milam, Princeton, N.J., 77-72--149
Jeffrey Dantas, Pawtucket, R.I., 72-77--149
Rick Osberg, Chester Springs, Pa., 74-75--149
Jeff Seavey, Rockland, Maine, 71-78--149
Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y., 74-75--149
Paul Dickinson, Montauk, N.Y., 76-74--150
Kyle Piurski, Webster, N.Y., 80-71--151
Brad Ott, 76-75--151
John Patterson, Bluffton, S.C., 69-82--151
(a) Duke Delcher, Bluffton, S.C. 75-76--151
(a) Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn., 75-76--151
(a) George Buddy Marucci, Malvern, Pa., 76-75--151
John Appleget, Dorothy, N.J., 76-75--151
David Gunas Jr., Amston, Conn., 75-77--152
Frank Mellet, Voorheesville, N.Y., 76-76--152
Shawn Baker, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 76-76--152
Scott Ford, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 77-75--152
Evre Veress, Englewood, N.J., 77-76--153
Lawrence Scortichini, Mount Sinai, N.Y., 79-74--153
Chris Miyahara, Eatontown, N.J., 73-80--153
Len Siter, Cranford, N.J., 81-73--154
Jeffrey Fortson, Brooklyn, N.Y., 80-74--154
David Laudien, Perrinville, N.J., 74-80--154
John Spina, Harleysville, Pa., 85-71--156
(a) Raymond Floyd Jr, New York, N.Y., 74-82--156
Scott Master, 71-86--157
Chris Anderson, Wilmington, Del., 75-82--157
Colin Amaral, Hamden, Conn., 78-79--157
Matt Chilenskas, Mamaroneck, N.Y., 78-79--157
Patrick Eggeling, Purchase, N.Y., 83-74--157
Robert Deruntz, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 82-76--158
Tommy Gillis, Beverly, Mass., 83-75--158
Paul Glut, Holtsville, N.Y., 77-81--158
(a) Matthew Arvantis, Manchester, N.H., 79-80--159
(a) David Hayes, Albany, N.Y., 78-81--159
Jeffrey Martin, Naples, Maine, 78-81--159
David Schuster, Hawthorne, N.J., 80-80--160
Matthew O'Connell, Yardville, N.J., 81-80--161
Michael Diette, Keansburg, N.J., 87-75--162
(a) Tim Mooradian, Marlboro, Mass., 82-81--163
(a) Tom Pura, 82-84--166
 
Blue Hills Country Club, Kansas City, Mo.
(25 golfers for 2 spots)

Tom Pernice, Murrieta, Calif., 69-68--137
Matt Gogel, Mission Hills, Kan., 71-67--138
 
Alternates
Steve Gotsche, Great Bend, Kan., 70-70'140
a-- Chris Marshall, Lawrence, Kan., 72-70-142
John Hunter, Columbia, Mo., 72-70--142
 
Did not qualify
Larry Alexander, Richland, Mo., 72-70--142
Woody Austin, Lee's Summit, Mo., 71-72--143
Warren Sasse, Lincoln, Neb., 69-75--144
John Bizik, Ponca City, Okla., 70-75--145
Dave Tentis, Woodbury, Minn., 69-76--145
Ariel Canete, Buenes Aires, ARG, 72-74--146
David Lucks, St. Louis, Mo., 74-74--148
Jim Farrell, Merriam, Kan., 73-75--148
Justin Herron, Omaha, Neb., 73-75--148
Michael Hughett, Tulsa, Okla., 73-75--148
Jack Eckardt, Norman, Okla., 73-75--148
Chad Lydiatt, Lincoln, Neb., 73-76--149
Rich Elias, Tucson, Ariz., 74-77--151
Byron Shultz, Overland Park, Kan., 73-78--151
Gregory Korf, Bay Harbour Island, Fla., 79-73--152
Andy Stewart, Independence, Kan., 80-73--153
Dean Zahn, Aberdeen, S.D., 75-79--154
Mark Rohde, Marshalltown, Iowa, 78-78--156
Matthew Witham, St. Paul, Minn., 79-78--157
 
El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, Calif.
(76 golfers for 4 spots)

Thongchai Jaidee, Bangkok, Thailand, 71-67--138
Chris Anderson, Covina, Calif., 69-70'139
Chris Gonzales, Los Angeles, Calif., 71-68--139
Anthony Kang, Las Vegas, Nev., 72-67--139
 
Alternates
Steve Novarro, Covina, Calif., 70-70'140
John Urquhart, Mesa, Ariz., 73-68--141;
Bob Jacobson, Irvine, Calif., 70-71--141.
 
Did not qualify:
Rick Garboski, Newbury Park, Calif., 70-72'142
Paul Holtby, Moorpark, Calif., 69-73--142
Bobby Lasken, Monarch Beach, Calif., 74-79'143
(a) Jim Seki, Palo Alto,, Calif. 72-71--143
Mike Louden, Henderson, Nev., 72-73'145
Joe Acosta Jr., Visalia, Calif., 75-70--145
Roger Tambellini, Templeton, Calif., 75-70--145
Shawn Kelly, Auburn, Calif., 73-73'146
Gerald Rosales, Manila, 69-77'146
Jorge Corral, San Ysidro, Calif., 75-71-146
James Blair, Ogden, Utah, 73-73'146
David Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif. 70-76'146
Brad Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 73-74'147
Greg Cesario, San Marcos, Calif., 74-73'147
(a) Jason Allred, Ashland, Ore. , 72-75'147
(a) Parker Mclachlin, Los Angeles, Calif., 74-74'148
Rich Bin, San Jose, Calif., 77-71'148
Mark Taylor, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 71-77'148
James Detrixhe, Santa Monica, Calif., 72-76'148
John Burckle, Mission Viejo, Calif., 74-74--148
Glenn Preciado, Ventura, Calif., 76-73'148
Greg Padilla, Tempe, Ariz., 74-75-149
Brad Hardan, San Diego, Calif., 77-72'149
Greg Bruckner, Phoenix, Ariz.,75-74'149
(a) Jim Wilson, Chico, Calif., 76-73'149
(a) Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif., 74-75--149.
(a) Craig Steinberg, Van Nuys, Calif., 74-76'150
Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif., 73-77-150
(a) Jason Higton, Fresno, Calif., 75-75--150
(a) Jeff Wilson, Suisun,Calif., 73-77--150
Koji Yamamoto, Naka-gun Ibaraki, Japan, 80-70'150
James Popoff, Whittier, Calif., 75-75'150
Mark Wilson, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 74-76-150
(a) Tom Kanazawa, Huntington Beach, Calif.,76-75-151
Ben Flam, Phoenix, Ariz, 75-76'151
David Hobby, San Pedro, Calif., 78-73'151
(a) Josh Watney, Fresno, Calif., 74-77--151
Anthony Padilla, Sacramento, Calif., 77-74--151
(a) Alex Aragon, San Diego, Calif., 76-76-152
(a) Michael Beard, Palm Desert, Calif., 80-72'152
Rick Taniguchi, Las Flores, Calif., 77-75-152
(a) Kevin Larsen, Santa Barbara, Calif., 77-75--152
Ryan King, Fresno, Calif., 78-75'153
Brian Adamson, Sacramento, Calif., 77-76'153
Greg Edwards, Visalia, Calif., 75-78-153
(a) Anthony Kim, La Quinta, Calif., 75-78--153
(a) John McClure, Austin, Texas, 76-77--153.
Sean Collins, Costa Mesa, Calif., 75-79'154
Chad Brundy, Palm Desert, Calif., 75-79--154
David Cunningham, Scottsdale, Ariz., 76-78--154
(a) Mark Gilmartin, Reno, Nev., 76-79'155
(a) Rick Martin, San Marcos, Calif., 77-78'155
Pomp Braswell, Phoenix, Ariz., 75-80-155
Joey Citro, Alhambra, Calif., 77-79'156
(a) Tad Buchanan, Montecito, Calif., 77-79'156
Benjamin Bost, Mission Viejo, Calif., 82-76'158
Todd Southard, Monterey, Calif., 76-82--158
A.J. Montecinos, Banning, Calif., 80-78--158
Stephen Perez, Tulare, Calif., 86-79'158
Gary Sowinski, Escondido, Calif., 80-79--158
Chris Bitticks, Sonora, Calif.,81-79--160
Matt Schreiber, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 80-81--161
(a) David Perritt, Alta Loma, Calif., 84-82--166
 
TPC at Snoqualmie Ride, Snoqualmie, Wash.
(21 golfers for 2 spots)

Wes HeffernanAlberta, Canada64-68--132
Scott JohnsonKennewick, Wash.70-65-135
 
Did not qualify
Taggart RidingsTulsa, Okla.65-72--137
Jeff CostonBlaine, Wash.72-67--139
Steve ScottWellington, Fla.68-71--139
Jarrod WarnerKlamath Falls, Ore.73-72--145
Chris EdgmonScottsdale, Ariz.72-73--145
Don MontagueEverett, Wash.75-72--147
Robert GibbonsMolalla, Ore.72-75--147
Mike HaackBellevue, Wash.80-68--148
O.D. VincentSeattle, Wash.72-76--148
Michael CombsKennewick, Wash.73-76--149
Clint WallmanSpokane, Wash.74-75--149
Tom AndersonLaurel, Mont.74-76--150
Bob RannonFlorence, Ore.70-81--151
David LebeckPortland, Ore.74-78--152
Doug NelsonPortland, Ore.79-74--153
Paul HouvenerBothell, Wash.76-79--155
Brien DavisLas Vegas, Nev.82-79--161
Dean KennedyBritish Columbia, Canada83-79--162
 
Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla.
(66 players for 4 spots)

Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala., 68-72--140
Jeff Barlow, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 69-71-140
xGary Koch, Tampa, Fla., 73-70--143
yDonnie Hammond, Lake Mary, Fla., 69-74-143
x = won spot on fourth playoff hole
y = won spot on seventh playoff hole
 
ALTERNATES
Steve Pleis, Parrish, Fla., 75-68'143
Rodney Butcher, Orlando, Fla., 72-72'144
(a) Bubba Dickerson, Hilliard, Fla., 71-73'144
Robert Floyd, Palm Beach, Fla., 71-73--144
 
Did Not Qualify
Andy Miller, Napa, Calif., 72-72'144
Travis Perkins, Worthington, Ohio, 70-74'144
Thomas Garner, Winter Park, Fla., 74-71'145
Keith Kulzer, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 72-73'145
David McCampbell, Orlando, Fla., 71-74'145
Walter Smith, Alachua, Fla., 72-73'145
(a) Brendan Takacs, Clearwater, Fla., 73-72'145
Steve Burns, Boca Raton, Fla., 72-74'146
Paul Curry, Heathrow, Fla., 72-74'146
Michael Malizia, Palm City, Fla., 77-69'146
(a) Ben Norris, Arcadia, Fla., 73-73'146
(a) Payton Osborn, Birmingham, Ala., 78-68'146
Brett Hitchcock, Tampa, Fla., 78-69'147
(a) Doug Lacrosse, Tampa, Fla., 72-75'147
Brad Brewer, Orlando, Fla., 74-74'148
Nevin Sutcliffe, Lehigh, Fla., 74-74'148
John Lindner, St. Petersburg, Fla., 72-77-149
Todd Grassi, Jupiter, Fla., 74-76'150
Gary Knapp, Boca Raton, Fla., 76-74'150
(a) John Miller, Bloomington, Ind., 72-78'150
Christopher Strong, Dunedin, Fla., 75-77'152
John Calabria, Naples, Fla., 79-76'155
Val D'Souza, Tampa, Fla., 82-73'155
Gary Sica Jr., Land O'Lakes, Fla., 78-78'156
Ronald Glennie, Henderson, Nev., 79-80'159
Kenneth Paladino, Dunedin, Fla., 84-81'165
 
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Top-ranked amateur Niemann one back at LAAC in Chile

By Nick MentaJanuary 21, 2018, 8:44 pm

Argentina’s Jaime Lopez Rivarola leads the Latin America Amateur Championship at 5 under par following a round of 3-under 68 Saturday in Chile.

The former Georgia Bulldog is now 36 holes from what would be a return trip to Augusta National but his first Masters.

"The truth is that I crossed off on my bucket list playing Augusta [National], because I happened to play there," Rivarola said. "I've played every year with my university. But playing in the Masters is a completely different thing. I have been to the Masters, and I've watched the players play during the practice rounds. But [competing would be] a completely different thing."

He is followed on the leaderboard by the three players who competed in the playoff that decided last year’s LAAC in Panama: Joaquin Niemann (-4), Toto Gana (-4), and Alvaro Ortiz (-3).


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Chile’s Niemann is the top-ranked amateur in the world who currently holds conditional status on the Web.com Tour and is poised to begin his career as a professional, unless of course he takes the title this week. After a disappointing 74 in Round 1, Niemann was 10 shots better in Round 2, rocketing up the leaderboard with a 7-under 64.

“Today, I had a completely different mentality, and that's usually what happens in my case," Niemann said. "When I shoot a bad round, the following day I have extra motivation. I realize and I feel that I have to play my best golf. The key to being a good golfer is to find those thoughts and to transfer them into good golf."

Niemann’s fellow Chilean and best friend Gana is the defending champion who missed the cut at the Masters last year and is now a freshman at Lynn University. His second-round 70 was a roller coaster, complete with six birdies, three eagles and a double.

Mexico’s Ortiz, the brother of three-time Web.com Tour winner Carlos, was 6 under for the week before three back-nine bogeys dropped him off the pace.

Two past champions, Matias Dominguez and Paul Chaplet, sit 5 over and 7 over, respectively.

The winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship earns an invite to this year’s Masters. He is also exempt into the The Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open sectional qualifying, and Open Championship final qualifying.

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McIlroy gets back on track

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 21, 2018, 3:10 pm

There’s only one way to view Rory McIlroy’s performance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

He is well ahead of schedule.

Sure, McIlroy is probably disappointed that he couldn’t chase down Ross Fisher (and then Tommy Fleetwood) on the final day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. But against a recent backdrop of injuries and apathy, his tie for third was a resounding success. He reasserted himself, quickly, and emerged 100 percent healthy.

“Overall, I’m happy,” he said after finishing at 18-under 270, four back of Fleetwood. “I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience and comfort level were really good all week.”

To fully appreciate McIlroy’s auspicious 2018 debut, consider his state of disarray just four months ago. He was newly married. Nursing a rib injury. Breaking in new equipment. Testing another caddie. His only constant was change. “Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place,” he said, “and that was because of where I was physically.”

And so he hit the reset button, taking the longest sabbatical of his career, a three-and-a-half-month break that was as much psychological as physical. He healed his body and met with a dietician, packing five pounds of muscle onto his already cut frame. He dialed in his TaylorMade equipment, shoring up a putting stroke and wedge game that was shockingly poor for a player of his caliber. Perhaps most importantly, he cleared his cluttered mind, cruising around Italy with wife Erica in a 1950s Mercedes convertible.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


After an intense buildup to his season debut, McIlroy was curious about the true state of his game, about how he’d stack up when he finally put a scorecard in his hand. It didn’t take him long to find out. 

Playing the first two rounds alongside Dustin Johnson – the undisputed world No. 1 who was fresh off a blowout victory at Kapalua – McIlroy beat him by a shot. Despite a 103-day competitive layoff, he played bogey-free for 52 holes. And he put himself in position to win, trailing by one heading into the final round. Though Fleetwood blew away the field with a back-nine 30 to defend his title, McIlroy collected his eighth top-5 in his last nine appearances in Abu Dhabi.

“I know it’s only three months,” he said, “but things change, and I felt like maybe I needed a couple of weeks to get back into the thought process that you need to get into for competitive golf. I got into that pretty quickly this week, so that was the most pleasing thing.”

The sense of relief afterward was palpable. McIlroy is entering his 11th full year as a pro, and deep down he likely realizes 2018 is shaping up as his most important yet.

The former Boy Wonder is all grown up, and his main challengers now are a freakish athlete (DJ) and a trio of players under 25 (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm) who don’t lack for motivation or confidence. The landscape has changed significantly since McIlroy’s last major victory, in August 2014, and the only way he’ll be able to return to world No. 1 is to produce a sustained period of exceptional golf, like the rest of the game’s elite. (Based on average points, McIlroy, now ranked 11th, is closer to the bottom of the rankings, No. 1928, than to Johnson.)

But after years of near-constant turmoil, McIlroy, 28, finally seems ready to pursue that goal again. He is planning the heaviest workload of his career – as many as 30 events, including seven more starts before the Masters – and appears refreshed and reenergized, perhaps because this year, for the first time in a while, he is playing without distractions.

Not his relationships or his health. Not his equipment or his caddie or his off-course dealings.

Everything in his life is lined up.

Drama tends to follow one of the sport’s most captivating characters, but for now he can just play golf – lots and lots of golf. How liberating.

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Crocker among quartet of Open qualifiers in Singapore

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

Former amateur standout Sean Crocker was among four players who qualified for the 147th Open via top-12 finishes this week at the Asian Tour's SMBC Singapore Open as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

Crocker had a strong college career at USC before turning pro late last year. The 21-year-old received an invitation into this event shortly thereafter, and he made the most of his appearance with a T-6 finish to net his first career major championship berth.

There were four spots available to those not otherwise exempt among the top 12 in Singapore, but winner Sergio Garcia and runners-up Shaun Norris and Satoshi Kodaira had already booked their tickets for Carnoustie. That meant that Thailand's Danthai Boonma and Jazz Janewattanond both qualified thanks to T-4 finishes.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


Crocker nabbed the third available qualifying spot, while the final berth went to Australia's Lucas Herbert. Herbert entered the week ranked No. 274 in the world and was the highest-ranked of the three otherwise unqualified players who ended the week in a tie for eighth.

The next event in the Open Qualifying Series will be in Japan at the Mizuno Open in May, when four more spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs. The 147th Open will be held July 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.

Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.

It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.

While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.