US Open - Sectional Qualifying Results

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 10, 2004, 4:00 pm
USGA 74x32FAR HILLS, N.J. ' Sectional qualifying results, 36 holes of stroke play, for the 2004 U.S. Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association, June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (a=amateur; x= qualified in a playoff; y=did not qualify in a playoff):
 
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
Orlando, Fla., (60 golfers for 3 spots)
Tripp Isenhour, Orlando, Fla. 69-70--139
Nick Faldo, Britain 70-69--139
Camilo Villegas, Colombia 68-71--139
Failed to Qualify
x-John Cook, Windermere, Fla. 70-70--140
William Mackenzie, Greenville, N.C. 73-68--141
Hideto Tanihara, Japan 69-73--142
Maarten Lafeber, Netherlands 74-69--143
Lee Stroever, Jupiter, Fla. 72-71--143
Jose Luis Campra, Argentina 71-73--144
Sal Spallone, Vero Beach, Fla. 70-74--144
a-Allen Fadel, Toledo, Ohio 71-73--144
a-Jon Veneziano, Mount Dora, Fla. 73-72--145
a-Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. 71-74--145
Garrett Frank, Youngstown, Ohio 70-75--145
Joseph Alfieri, Lutz, Fla. 73-73--146
Rod Perry, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 73-73--146
a-James Vargas, Miami 70-76--146
Brad Bryant, Lakeland, Fla. 70-77--147
Paul Curry, Longwood, Fla. 73-75--148
Ralph Howe, Montverde, Fla. 77-71--148
a-Adam Swope, Tampa, Fla. 73-75--148
Chung Joon, Orlando, Fla. 76-74--150
Akio Sadakata, Tampa, Fla. 75-75--150
a-Kyle McCarthy, St Petersburg, Fla. 78-72--150
John O'Leary III, Ocoee, Fla. 74-76--150
Brian Bartolec, Coral Springs, Fla. 74-78--152
Tim Cantwell, Brookfield, Wis. 72-80--152
Joey Bonargo, Warrington, Pa. 74-78--152
Pleasant Hughes, West Palm Beach, Fla. 76-77--153
Kevin Collins, Westford, Mass. 75-78--153
Rafael Echenique, Argentina 74-80--154
Justin Hoagland, Palmetto, Fla. 78-76--154
Brett Hitchcock, Tampa, Fla. 73-82--155
Adam Spring, Boca Raton, Fla. 73-82--155
Eric Cowles, Perry, Mich. 72-83--155
Eustis Payne, Orlando, Fla. 74-82--156
David Malatak, Sewickley, Pa. 76-80--156
a-Jacob Davis, Deland, Fla. 81-76--157
Brian Mogg, Windermere, Fla. 79-79--158
Jason Jones, Tallahassee, Fla. 84-74--158
Boyd Brown, Tampa, Fla. 81-77--158
Christopher Thomas, Fairfield, Conn. 78-82--160
Danny Dornan, Versailles, Mo. 79-82--161
Luis Rivera, Jacksonville, Fla. 81-80--161
Michael Sicolo, Cocoa, Fla. 82-81--163
Gary Gilchrist, Bradenton, Fla. 81-82--163
John Cassis, DeBary, Fla. 80-84--164
Mo Guttman, Sarasota, Fla. 87-83--170
a-Jonathan Fransson, Sweden 83-89--172
David Ladd, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 70--WD
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla. 71--WD
Nevin Sutcliffe, Lehigh Acres, Fla. 72--WD
Grant Waite, New Zealand, 72--WD
Aaron Williams, New Boston, Ohio, 73--WD
Stephen Schneiter, Sandy, Utah, 74--WD
a-Gin Kim, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 76--WD
T.J. Cosgrove, Orlando, Fla. 77--WD
Arthur Hafemann, Boynton Beach, Fla. 78--WD
John Restino, Maitland, Fla. 78--WD
Matthew Kilgo, Charlotte, N.C. 79--WD
Matt Seppanen, Rochester Hills, Mich. 79--WD
 

Shadow Hawk Golf Club
Richmond, Texas, (32 golfers for 2 spots)
Tom Kite, Austin, Texas, 68-71'139
Charleton Dechert, Enid, Okla., 68-71'139
Failed to Qualify
a-Trip Kuehne, Dallas, Texas, 68-72'-140 (first alternate)
a-Randy Lowry, Spring, Texas, 70-70'140 (second alternate)
a-David Schultz, Fargo, N.D., 70-71'141 (third alternate)
Michael Connell, Richardson, Texas, 69-73'142 (fourth alternate)
a-Alan Hill, Spring Branch, Texas, 72-71'143
a-Anthony Kim, Norman, Okla., 73-71'144
Jaxon Brigman, Abilene, Texas, 69-75'144
Richard Barbles, Houston, Texas, 71-73'144
Ty Cox, Fort Worth, Texas, 75-70'145
a-Titus Harris III, Houston, Texas, 75-70'145
Greg Hiller, Bismarck, N.D., 73-73'146
Stephen Ubernosky, Kingwood, Texas, 71-76'147
a-Aaron Smith, Gulfport, Miss., 74-74'148
a-Evertte F. Nini, Sour Lake, Texas, 72-78'150
a-Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz., 77-73'150
Alan Morgan, Lake Charles, La., 74-77'151
a-Brian Grossman, Mansfield, Texas, 74-77'151
Kelsey Cline, Norman, Okla., 73-78'151
a-Jason Hartwick, Sacramento, Calif., 73-79'152
Tim Mewis, Bellville, Texas, 73-79'152
a-Steve Johnson, Signal Mountain, Tenn., 73-79'152
Toby Grubert, Houston, Texas, 78-74'152
Robert Hessing, Selmer, Tenn., 76-79'155
a-Spencer Cole, Greer, S.C., 75-80'155
a-Oren Hodak, Dallas, Texas, 80-80'160
a-Zack Reeves, Arlington, Texas 77-WD'WD
Billy Tuten, Sugar Land, Texas, 77-WD'WD
a-Bo Stewart, Lake Charles, La., WD
Mac Wylie, Boerne, Texas, WD
a-Robby Skinner, Dallas, Texas, WD
 

Ansley Golf Club and Settindown Creek
Atlanta (41 golfers for 2 spots)
Scott Weatherly, Fort Payne, Ala. 67-70--137
Thomas Levet, France 70-67--137
Failed to Qualify
ax-Brett Lange, Atlanta 70-68--138
x-Chris Anderson, Windermere, Fla. 69-69--138
x-Douglas Fiese, Atlanta 68-71--139
ax-Aron Price, Statesboro, Ga. 68-71--139
Rodney Butcher, New Port Richey, Fla. 72-67--139
a-Lee Williams, Alexander City, Ala. 69-71--140
Bubba Dickerson, Fernandina Beach, Fla. 70-70--140
Jean Francois Remesy, France 70-71--141
Euan Walters, Hixson, Tenn. 70-72--142
Jeff Curl, Jupiter, Fla. 73-69--142
Reid Edstrom, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 71-72--143
Billy Andrade, Atlanta, Ga. 72-71--143
Timothy O'Neal, Savannah, Ga. 71-73--144
Bruce McDonald, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 70-74--144
Kevin Pendley, Greenwood, S.C. 68-77--145
a-Tyler McKeever, Auburn, Ala. 74-71--145
Jake Reeves, Knoxville, Tenn. 73-72--145
Mike Taylor, Gastonia, N.C. 74-71--145
Jean-Paul Hebert, Houston 72-74--146
a-Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla. 75-72--147
Rob Butler, Atlanta 73-74--147
Matt Weibring, Frisco, Texas 73-75--148
Andy Goodwin, Clearwater, Fla . 72-77--149
Chip Deason, Birmingham, Ala. 72-77--149
Lincoln Blackman, Augusta, Ga. 77-73--150
a-Bryan Sangid, Johnson City, Tenn. 71-81--152
Kyle Owen, Lebanon, Ga. 73-79--152
a-Ross Cox, Knoxville, Tenn. 83-71--154
Dal Daily, Cobleskill, N.Y. 78-76--154
a-Stuart Moore, Gainesville, Ga. 75-79--154
a-Bryce Ledford, Ooltewah, Tenn. 75-79--154
Bill McDonald, Marietta, Ga. 72-84--156
Michael Affeldt, Chicago 80-76--156
a-Jason Hodges, St. Simons Island, Ga. 81-76--157
a-Patrick Williams, Hixson, Tenn. 76-82--158
a-Brian Westveer, Concord, N.C. 80-79--159
a-Brant Ruckert, Sugar Hill, Ga. 84-79--163
a-Andrew Byrd, Oxford, N.C. 90-76--166
Allen Zimmerman, North Palm, Fla. 72--WD
Ian Woosnam, Britain WD
 

Old Warson Country Club
St. Louis (36 golfers for 2 spots)
David Roesch, Menomonee Falls, Wis. 72-71--143
John Elliott, Glastonbury, Conn. 73-71--144
Failed to Qualify
x-D.A. Points, Ocoee, Fla. 75-70--145
Notah Begay III, Albuquerque, N.M. 72-73--145
Brett Boner, Charlotte, N.C. 74-72--146
a-Tyler Shelton, Fairway, Kan. 73-73--146
Brian Henninger, Wilsonville, Ore. 74-73--147
Jay Delsing, Chesterfield, Mo. 75-72--147
a-Scott Hovis, Jefferson City, Mo. 73-75--148
David Ogrin, Canyon Lake, Texas 74-75--149
Michael Tucker, St Louis 74-75--149
a-Steve Groom, Raytown, Mo. 76-74--150
a-Bryan Norton, Mission Hills, Kan. 79-72--151
Chris Starkjohann, Cardiff, Calif. 75-77--152
Pat Nanney Jr, Memphis, Tenn. 75-77--152
a-Patrick Sullivan, Maumelle, Ark. 78-74--152
Travis Hurst, Erie, Kan. 74-78--152
Ernest Rose, Ft. Myers, Fla. 77-76--153
a-Kevin Wassmer, Poseyville, Ind. 78-77--155
a-Matt Willmott, Kansas City 79-76--155
a-B.J. Curry, Sedalia, Mo. 79-79--158
a-Chris Noel, Tulsa, Okla. 77-81--158
a-Jayson Brueggemann, Lincoln, Neb. 79-79--158
a-Kyle Vasel, Greenville, Ill. 80-79--159
Nash Haxel, St. Louis 79-80--159
a-Scott Seibert, Chesterfield, Mo. 82-77--159
a-Packard Dewitt, Collierville, Tenn. 76-84--160
a-Brent Holmes, Glen Carbon, Ill. 81-80--161
Joel Brueggemann, Hebron, Neb. 83-79--162
Troy Halterman, Prairie Village, Kan. 88-77--165
Dennis Knudsen, Red Wing, Minn. 85-85--170
a-Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. 74--WD
Brad Rollinson, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 76--WD
Don Reese, Freeport, Fla. 76--WD
Willie Wood, Edmond, Okla. 77--WD
J.C. Anderson, Carrollton, Texas 82--WD
 

Quicksilver Golf Club
Midway, Pa., (10 golfers for 1 spot)
Andrew Tschudin, Australia 69-70--139
Failed to Qualify
ax-Jeffrey Overton, Evansville, Ind. 72-69--141
Bob Ford, Oakmont, Pa. 76-66--142
Nick Gilliam, Gainesville, Fla. 72-72--144
John Aber, Sewickley, Pa. 73-72--145
a-Trent Karlik, McKees Rocks, Pa. 74-73--147
John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. 76-71--147
a-Kurt Peterson, Canton, Ohio, 75-73--148
Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa. 70-79--149
a-Ken Starkweather, Spencerport, N.Y. 78-78--156
 

Columbine Country Club
Littleton, Colo., (33 golfers for 2 spots)
John Douma, Scottsdale, Ariz. 67-69--136
Steve Gotsche, Great Bend, Kan. 67-70--137
Failed to Qualify
x-Kenneth Jarner, Las Vegas 70-68--138
x-Jason Rudquist, Glendale, Ariz. 67-72--139
x-Doug Rohrbaugh, Carbondale, Colo. 72-69--141
x-Bret Guetz, Fort Worth, Texas 71-70--141
Scott Lander, Kingman, Ariz. 69-72--141
Jerry Smith, Scottsdale, Ariz. 72-69--141
Jason Brubaker, Seattle 68-73--141
Bill Loeffler, Castle Rock, Colo. 74-69--143
a-James Love, Canada 72-72--144
a-Nathan Lashley, Scottsbluff, Neb. 73-71--144
a-Kenny Coakley, Lakewood, Colo. 74-71--145
Michael Smith, Fort Collins, Colo. 73-72--145
Greg Avant, Chandler, Ariz. 73-72--145
Marc Hocking, Ft. Myers, Fla. 72-74--146
a-Sterling Clark, Salt Lake City 72-74--146
Jesse Hibler, Eagle, Idaho, 73-74--147
Garrett Froggatte, Colorado Springs 69-78--147
Ryan Hogue, Mesa, Ariz. 76-72--148
a-David Nelson, Reno, Nev. 75-73--148
Karl Diewock, Fayetteville, Ga. 70-80--150
Blake Moore, Monrovia, Calif. 77-73--150
Matt Call, Castle Rock, Colo. 78-72--150
a-Michael Harrington, Colorado Springs 79-72--151
a-Nick Vanetten, Colorado Springs 74-77--151
a-Dan Silva, Littleton, Colo. 75-76--151
a-Luke Antonelli, Silt, Colo. 77-75--152
Randy Creighton, Henderson, Nev. 79-73--152
Dale Smigelsky, Fort Collins, Colo. 80-74--154
a-Mark Volk Jr, Highlands Ranch, Colo. 83-73--156
a-Niel King, Gillette, Wyo. 80-78--158
Terry Comstock, Sioux Falls, S.D. 79-81--160
 

Wynstone Golf Club
North Barrington, Ill., (39 golfers for 2 spots)
Carl Paulson, Windermere, Fla. 71-70--141
Robert Garrigus, San Diego 68-73--141
Failed to Qualify
ax-Shiv Kapur, West Lafayette, Ind. 70-74--144
Michael Sabo, St. Louis 69-76--145
Mike Grob, Billings, Mont. 73-72--145
Bryant Odom, Cartersville, Ga. 74-71--145
Greg Bruckner, Phoenix 72-74--146
Darin Fisher, Hartford, Iowa 79-68--147
Joe Cermak, Chicago 76-71--147
Ahmad Bateman, Orlando, Fla. 74-73--147
Scott Gutschewski, Omaha, Neb. 75-73--148
Thomas Harding, South Lyon, Mich. 73-75--148
Adam Spiers, Winnipeg, Can, 72-76--148
a-Matthew Maskel, Morris, Ill. 74-75--149
a-David Morgan, Rochester, Minn. 72-78--150
Ben Pettitt, Carroll, Iowa, 75-75--150
Guy Sciortino, Chicago 71-80--151
Mario Tiziani, Chanhassen, Minn. 77-74--151
a-Ryan Paulson, Minneapolis 73-78--151
James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. 74-78--152
Jonathan Mills, Indiana, Pa. 76-76--152
a-T.C. Ford, Evanston, Ill. 79-73--152
Michael Johnston, Milwaukee 79-73--152
a-Mark Anderson, Sioux Falls, S.D. 74-78--152
Dave Christensen, Elk River, Minn. 74-79--153
Michael Long, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 75-78--153
Scott Yopchick, Chicago 75-78--153
Doug Bauman, Barrington, Ill. 76-77--153
Jon Mansfield, Clearwater, Fla. 73-81--154
Greg Towne, Clermont, Fla. 79-75--154
Brett Melton, Monee, Ill. 77-80--157
a-Tony Brown, Plymouth, Minn. 82-76--158
a-Brett Swedberg, Alexandria, Minn. 82-76--158
a-Dave Turner, Troy, Mich. 81-78--159
Eddie Wynne, White Bear Lake, Minn. 85-74--159
a-Jonathan Novak, Mt. Prospect, Ill. 80-80--160
Taek Chun, New Jersey, N.J. 79-88--167
Chad Johansen, Lisle, Ill. 87-85--172
Chris Downes, Hixson, Tenn. WD
 

Canoe Brook Country Club
Summit, N.J., (138 golfers for 22 spots)
David Morland, IV, Canada 67-67--134
J.P. Hayes, El Paso, Texas 65-69--134
Tom Carter, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 66-69--135
Dennis Paulson, Encinitas, Calif. 67-69--136
Dudley Hart, Jupiter, Fla. 71-65--136
Brian Gay, Windemere, Fla. 69-68--137
a-Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash. 68-69--137
Gabriel Hjertstedt, Sweden 72-65--137
Kevin Stadler, Scottsdale, Ariz. 68-69--137
Stephen Sokol, Oxford, Conn. 68-69--137
Geoffrey Sisk, Marshfield, Mass. 69-69--138
Mark Brooks, Fort Worth, Texas 68-70--138
Matthew Gogel, Mission Hills, Kan. 68-70--138
Spike McRoy, Huntsville, Ala. 71-67--138
Brad Lardon, Austin, Texas 68-71--139
Casey Bourque, Biddeford, Maine 69-70--139
Craig Bowden, Bloomington, Ind. 68-71--139
J.J. Henry, Fairfield, Conn. 71-68--139
Kristopher Cox, Lafayette, La. 75-64--139
Pete Jordan, Valrico, Fla. 67-72--139
Steve Allan, Australia 72-67--139
y-Scott Hend, Australia 71-69--140
Failed to Qualify
z-Matthew Cannon, Huntersville, N.C. 68-72--140
z-Ricky Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz. 72-68--140
z-Peter Fowler, Australia 66-74--140
z-Steve Pate, Agoura Hills, Calif. 67-73--140
z-Blaine McCallister, Ft. Stockton, Texas 69-71--140
z-James McGovern, Oradell, N.J. 68-72--140
z-Loren Roberts, Memphis, Tenn. 71-69--140
z-Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz. 72-68--140
z-Patrick Moore, Mesa, Ariz. 69-71--140
Brett Quigley, Barrington, R.I. 68-73--141
David Siegel, Matthews, N.C. 70-71--141
Francis Quinn, Holden, Mass. 67-74--141
Pat Bates, Boca Raton, Fla. 70-71--141
Robert Damron, Cleveland 74-67--141
Brian Lamberti, Granite Springs, N.Y. 69-73--142
Cameron Beckman, San Antonio 72-70--142
Christopher Dachisen, Warren, N.J. 67-75--142
D.J. Brigman, Albuquerque, N.M. 71-71--142
Danny Briggs, Cave Creek, Ariz. 68-74--142
David Gossett, Orlando, Fla. 72-70--142
Kevin Na, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 70-72--142
a-Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C. 71-71--142
Neal Lancaster, Smithfield, N.C. 71-71--142
Gregory Kraft, Clearwater, Fla. 67-76--143
Jim Carter, Scottsdale, Ariz. 73-70--143
Ken Carpenter, Scottsdale, Ariz. 73-70--143
Mathias Gronberg, Sweden 73-70--143
Patrick Sheehan, Warwick, R.I. 71-72--143
Richard Pride, Tuscaloosa, Fla. 72-71--143
Ryan Palmer, Amarillo, Texas 69-74--143
Charles Bolling, Jr. Glen Cove, N.Y. 72-72--144
Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y. 73-71--144
David Gunas, Jr., Hebron, Conn. 77-67--144
Patrick Horgan, III, Newport, R.I. 72-72--144
Paul Oglesby, Adrmore, Pa. 74-70--144
Paul Stankowski, Dallas 68-76--144
Steve Scott, West Palm Beach, Fla. 72-72--144
Vaughn Taylor, Augusta, Ga. 72-72--144
a-Barry Roof, Conway, S.C. 77-68--145
Bradley Hughes, Australia 70-75--145
a-Chris Nallen, Hackettstown, N.J. 70-75--145
Dave Roberts, Ambler, Pa. 72-73--145
a-Frank Vana, Jr. Worcester, Mass. 73-72--145
Guy Boros, Pompano Beach, Fla. 73-72--145
Jason Bohn, Acworth, Ga. 70-75--145
Jay Williamson, St. Louis 69-76--145
Kent Jones, Albuquerque, N.M. 72-73--145
Marc Turnesa, Rockville Centre, N.Y. 71-74--145
Sean O'Hair, Aston, Pa. 76-69--145
Warren Schutte, South Africa 77-68--145
Whitten Meares, Fair Bluff, N.C. 75-70--145
Brian Kelly, Lewisburg, Pa. 77-69--146
Dennis Riedel, St. Clair, Mich. 76-70--146
Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y. 71-75--146
Jeff Martin, Warwick, R.I. 74-72--146
John Dimarco, Mount Laurel, N.J. 75-71--146
Kevin Johnson, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 75-71--146
Lawrence Scortichini, Mt. Sinai, N.Y. 72-74--146
Nicholas Cowper, Ft. Myers, Fla. 73-73--146
Richard S. Johnson, Sweden, 71-75--146
Richard Terga, Miami 75-71--146
Roland Thatcher, The Woodlands, Texas 70-76--146
Ryan Dillon, Aiken, S.C. 73-73--146
Victor Tortorici, Stuart, Fla. 72-74--146
Don Brigham, Rumson, N.J. 77-70--147
a-George Zahringer, New York 73-74--147
Tele Wightman, Chicopee, Mass. 78-69--147
Andy Crain, Goldsboro, N.C. 77-71--148
Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala. 74-74--148
John Appleget, Dorothy, N.J. 75-73--148
a-John Bauman, Norwalk, Conn. 76-72--148
Scott Dunlap, Duluth, Ga. 75-73--148
Baker Maddera, Cranford, N.J. 74-75--149
a-Bill Jeremiah, West Grove, Pa. 74-75--149
a-Brad Tilley, Chappaqua, N.Y. 75-74--149
Graham Gunn, Canada 73-76--149
Jeff Sluman, Hinsdale, Ill. 70-79--149
Jeremy Pope, Pawleys Island, S.C. 75-74--149
Michael Laudien, Stony Point, N.Y. 80-69--149
Rob Corcoran, Brookville, N.Y. 74-75--149
a-Tyler Randol, Lawrence, N.Y. 75-74--149
a-Brandon Knaub, Seven Valleys, Pa. 77-73--150
a-George Marucci, Jr. Malvern, Pa. 72-78--150
a-Mark Farrell, Westport, Conn. 74-76--150
Rick Hartmann, Bridgehampton, N.Y. 75-75--150
a-Andy Drohen, Granville, Mass. 76-75--151
Jeffrey Dantas, Seekonk, Mass. 79-72--151
Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y. 71-80--151
Scott Seifferlein, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 73-78--151
Travis Williams, Carlsbad, Calif. 78-73--151
Jack McConachie, Plainville, Conn. 77-75--152
Matt Dugan, New City, N.Y. 73-79--152
Jack Druga, Easton, Conn. 79-74--153
a-Jeffrey Hedden, Waterford, Conn. 78-75--153
Mike Caporale, Manhasset, N.Y. 77-76--153
Jim Smoot, Huntington, N.Y. 79-76--155
Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y. 75-81--156
a-Douglas Clapp, Walpole, Mass. 78-78--156
Fred Glass, Califon, N.J. 78-78--156
Rob Oppenheim, Andover, Mass. 72-84--156
Cory Muller, Yonkers, N.Y. 76-81--157
Shaun Powers, Pittsfield, Mass. 82-75--157
a-James Bohn, Lewisburg, Pa. 80-78--158
John Forster, Sayville, N.Y. 79-79--158
Troy Pare, Wauregan, Conn. 85-73--158
Stan McLennan, Alexandria Bay, N.Y. 82-79--161
Todd Tremaglio, Wallingford, Conn. 76-89--165
a-James Kim, Harrington Park, N.J. 89-78--167
a-Kyle Johnson, North Bend, Ore. 82-85--167
Jamie Welu, St. Augustine Beach, Fla. 84-84--168
Brad Johnson, Burnsville, Minn. 84-87--171
Michael Bennett, Jordan, N.Y. 93-80--173
Al Vallante, East Providence, R.I. 79--WD
Lucas Glover, Greenville, S.C. 77--WD
Scott Piercy, Las Vegas 80--WD
 

Lake Merced Golf Club
Daly City, Calif., (72 golfers for 4 spots)
Roger Tambellini, Scottsdale, Ariz. 69-67--136
Leif Olson, Golden, Colo. 73-68--141
a-Spencer Levin, Rancho Murieta, Calif. 69-72--141
y-David Carr, Sacramento, Calif. 71-72--143
Failed to Qualify
axz-Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif. 70-73--143
x-Steve Sear, Washoe Valley, Nev. 73-71--144
a-James Fahselt, San Diego 76-69--145
Mark Worthington, Kirkland, Wash. 69-76--145
a-Dan Jennings, Los Angeles 71-74--145
Mahal Pearce, Dunedin, New Zealand 74-71--145
a-Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif. 77-69--146
a-Andrew Dahl, Uniontown, Ark. 77-69--146
Greg Galasso, San Jose, Calif. 72-74--146
Dean Vomacka, Phoenix 72-74--146
Barry Jaeckel, Palm Desert, Calif. 74-73--147
Byron Schlagenhauf, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 77-70--147
Eric Meeks, Las Vegas 76-71--147
Brett Foulds, Escondido, Calif. 69-78--147
Chris Zambri, Camarillo, Calif. 71-76--147
Rich Barcelo, Tucson, Ariz. 71-76--147
a-JJ Scurich, Corralitos, Calif. 72-75--147
Danny Paniccia, Fresno, Calif. 75-72--147
David Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif. 73-75--148
a-Steve Sheehan, Reno, Nev. 74-74--148
Scott Henderson, Dove Canyon, Calif. 71-77--148
Travis Matye, Lancaster, Calif. 73-75--148
Jorge Corral, Mexico 74-74--148
a-Gregory Condon, Monte Vista, Colo. 76-72--148
Jim Seki, Palo Alto, Calif. 74-75--149
Shawn Kelly, Rocklin, Calif. 75-74--149
Joshua Levin, San Francisco 71-79--150
Brian Tucker, Rocklin, Calif. 77-73--150
Jack Renner, San Diego 72-78--150
Cary Hungate, Kokomo, Ind. 76-74--150
a-Greg Puga, Los Angeles 74-76--150
Kwang-Soo Yoon, Korea 75-75--150
Michael Cunning, Phoenix 81-69--150
Fred Sutton, Victorville, Calif. 77-74--151
Joey Stockton, Salinas, Calif. 75-76--151
Justin Boatman, Ladera Ranch, Calif. 79-72--151
Kenneth Wertzberger, Fountain Valley, Calif. 72-79--151
Rob Boldt, Concord, Calif. 74-77--151
David Dyer, Springdale, Ark. 79-73--152
Dave Magdziasz, La Quinta, Calif. 76-77--153
Matthew McDougall, Phoenix 82-71--153
Edward Fryatt, Las Vegas 81-72--153
Berry Henson, La Quinta, Calif. 78-75--153
a-Frank Acker, Henderson, Nev. 75-78--153
Travis Bertoni, Paso Robles, Calif. 75-79--154
a-Daniel Lim, Gilroy, Calif. 77-77--154
Michael Block, Indian Wells, Calif. 80-74--154
a-Kevin Austin, Palm Desert, Calif. 76-78--154
Nick Seymour, Tustin, Calif. 76-79--155
Timothy Wren, Oxnard, Calif. 77-78--155
a-Nicholas Bollini, Yorba Linda, Calif. 79-76--155
Isaac Sanchez, Ione, Calif. 75-80--155
a-Peter Tomasulo, Long Beach, Calif. 77-78--155
a-Doug Sager, Piedmont, Calif. 79-76--155
Danny Norton, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 78-78--156
Tony Padilla, Sacramento, Calif. 78-78--156
Justin Lee, Las Vegas 77-80--157
Joey Citro, Alhambra, Calif. 78-79--157
Todd Deacon, Scottsdale, Ariz. 78-80--158
Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha, Neb. 79-79--158
Matt Grover, Orinda, Calif. 82-77--159
Mike Piver, Sonoma, Calif. 76-83--159
a-Eugene Choi, Diamond Bar, Calif. 84-75--159
Jin Park, Pacific Grove, Calif. 79-81--160
a-Michael Jensen, Los Altos, Calif. 86-75--161
a-Steve Conway, Irvine, Calif. 81-81--162
Bob Jacobson, Irvine, Calif. 76--WD
Lee Sanudo, Encinitas, Calif. 86--WD
 

Woodmont Country Club
Rockville, Md., (74 golfers for 5 spots)
Carlos Franco, Paraguay, 66-66--132
Joey Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y. 69-66--135
Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas, 67-68--135
Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla. 67-68--135
Pat Perez, Scottsdale, Ariz. 68-69--137
Failed to Qualify
x-Bob Burns, Valencia, Calif. 68-70--138
x-Dave McNabb, Newark, Del. 71-68--139
x-Ben Crane, Beaverton, Ore. 70-69--139
x-Donnie Hammond, Orlando, Fla. 69-71--140
Olin Browne, Jupiter, Fla. 71-69--140
Sean Dougherty, Wilmington, N.C. 68-72--140
Marvin King, Lewisville, Texas 70-71--141
Esteban Toledo, Mexico 73-68--141
David Hutsell, Baltimore 69-73--142
Rob Labritz, Hobe Sound, Fla. 68-74--142
Edward Loar, Dallas 69-73--142
Andrew McLardy, South Africa 71-71--142
Miguel Rivera, Scottsdale, Ariz. 68-74--142
Zoran Zorkic, Humble, Texas 72-70--142
a-David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. 70-73--143
Jeff Brehaut, Los Altos, Calif. 72-71--143
Eric Egloff, Sandy Spring, Md. 69-74--143
Robert Godfrey, Anderson, S.C. 71-72--143
Jason Klein, Ft. Myers, Fla. 72-71--143
Karl Mitchell, Rockwell, N.C. 71-72--143
Simon Nash, Australia 72-71--143
a-Jarred Texter, Lancaster, Pa. 71-72--143
a-Martin Ureta, Chile 67-76--143
Chris Wall, Dallas 71-72--143
Jamie Broce, Indianapolis 70-74--144
David Griffiths, England 72-72--144
Jason Higton, Fresno, Calif. 74-70--144
a-Kevin O'Connell, Potomac, Md. 74-70--144
Alex Rocha, Orlando, Fla. 70-74--144
a-Matthew Rosenfeld, Plano, Texas 72-72--144
Daniel Swanson, Canada 72-72--144
Bjorn Widerstedt, Sweden 77-67--144
Steven Alker, New Zealand 72-73--145
Paul Danielson, Anchorage, Alaska 74-71--145
Stan Gann Jr., Kathleen, Ga. 71-74--145
Marco Gortana, South Africa, 74-71--145
Jeremy Langley, Lexington, Ky. 73-72--145
Matthew Loving, San Antonio 73-72--145
Bryce Molder, Conway, Ark. 74-71--145
Javier Sanchez, Fayetteville, Ga. 72-73--145
Drew Symons, Canada 75-70--145
a-Jordan Cox, Redwood City, Calif. 75-71--146
Danny Mijovic, Canada 75-71--146
Mac Butler, Saint Simons Island, Ga. 74-73--147
Michael Carbone, Brewster, Mass. 76-71--147
Matthew Kuchar, Ponte Vedra, Fla. 70-77--147
Scott Medlin, Pinehurst, N.C. 72-75--147
a-Patrick Brady, Reidsville, N.C. 76-72--148
Wesley Cupp, Rome, N.Y. 73-75--148
Josh Habig, Jasper, Ind. 75-73--148
Michael Muehr, Washington 75-73--148
Alejandro Munoz, Mexico 74-74--148
Ron Philo Jr., Amelia Island, Fla. 76-72--148
Fred Widicus, Arlington, Va. 75-73--148
Chris Wisler, Dover, Del. 77-72--149
a-Jeff Sunday, Orlando, Fla. 74-76--150
Charlie Cornette, Lexington, Ky. 72-79--151
Thomas Eubank, Kennesaw, Ga. 78-73--151
a-Jim Lehman, Plymouth, Minn. 79-72--151
George Bradford, Columbia, Md. 77-75--152
Tommy Johnson, Spanish Fork, Utah 76-76--152
a-Brian Rothaus, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 76-76--152
Jeff Hughes, Lewisville, Texas 77-76--153
Kurt Osborn, Las Cruces, N.M. 77-76--153
Mark Szewczyk, New Oxford, Pa. 77-76--153
James Schouller, Olney, Md. 76-78--154
a-Tarik Can, Douglaston, N.Y. 75-81--156
Randy Wylie, Knoxville, Tenn. 77-79--156
Jordon Arnold, Fredericksburg, Va. 79-78--157
 

Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club
Columbus, Ohio, (184 golfers for 33 spots)
Timothy Clark, Chapel Hill, N.C. 67-62--129
Duffy Waldorf, Canyon Country, Calif. 64-68--132
a-Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. 67-66--133
Alex Cejka, Munich, 67-67--134
Daniel Chopra, Orlando, Fla. 69-65--134
Tom Pernice Jr., Murrieta, Calif. 67-67--134
Chris Smith, Peru, Ind. 70-66--136
Jeff Maggert, The Woodlands, Texas 67-69--136
Aaron Baddeley, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 69-68--137
a-Bill Haas, Greer, S.C. 66-71--137
Johnson Wagner, Garrison, N.Y. 67-70--137
Mark Calcavecchia, Phoenix 65-72--137
a-Nathan Smith, Soquel, Calif. 71-66--137
Rory Sabbatini, Southlake, Texas 66-71--137
Brendan Jones, Australia 68-70--138
Daniel Forsman, Provo, Utah 67-71--138
David Faught, Jonesboro, Ark. 70-68--138
Jimmy Green, Irvington, Ala. 70-68--138
Joey Maxon, Denver, N.C. 68-70--138
John Connelly, Perrysburg, Ohio 68-70--138
John Rollins, Richmond, Va. 69-69--138
John Senden, Flower Mound, Texas 68-70--138
Kevin Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif. 70-68--138
Payton Osborn, Birmingham, Ala. 66-72--138
Skip Kendall, Ocoee, Fla. 71-67--138
Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis. 70-68--138
y-Bo Van Pelt, Reston, Va. 70-69--139
y-Bob Estes, Abilene, Texas, 70-69--139
y-Dan Olsen, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 71-68--139
y-Eric Axley, Knoxville, Tenn. 69-70--139
y-Jeff Gove, Bothell, Wash. 68-71--139
y-Joe Ogilvie, Austin, Texas 68-71--139
y-Justin Hicks, Lake Worth, Fla. 67-72--139
Failed to Qualify
z-Rich Massey, Harrington Park, N.J. 64-75--139
z-Robert Sowards, Hilliard, Ohio 68-71--139
z-Todd Demsey, Scottsdale, Ariz. 69-70--139
Arron Oberholser, Scottsdale, Ariz. 70-70--140
Bill Glasson, Stillwater, Okla. 67-73--140
Charles Warren, Greer, S.C. 72-68--140
Harrison Frazar, Dallas 72-68--140
Hiroshi Matsuo, Jupiter, Fla. 71-69--140
J.J. Wall, Austin, Texas 71-69--140
Jesper Parnevik, Cleveland 70-70--140
Mark Hensby, Mesa, Ariz. 65-75--140
a-Martin Laird, Fort Collins, Colo. 74-66--140
a-Michael Barbosa, St. Petersburg, Fla. 73-67--140
Rodney Pampling, Flower Mound, Texas 67-73--140
Shane Bertsch, Parker, Colo. 72-68--140
Ted Purdy, Phoenix 66-74--140
Thomas Lehman, Scottsdale, Ariz. 70-70--140
Todd Fischer, Pleasanton, Calif. 66-74--140
Tommy Armour III, Irving, Texas 66-74--140
Gary Christian, Birmingham, Ala 76-65--141
Henry Kuehne, Cleveland 71-70--141
Hunter Haas, Dallas 74-67--141
Matthew Borchert, Orlando, Fla. 71-70--141
Niclas Fasth, Cleveland 69-72--141
B.J. Staten, Dallas 67-75--142
Brad Fritsch, Canada 68-74--142
Geoff Ogilvy, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 69-73--142
Greg Chalmers, Cleveland 70-72--142
Heath Slocum, Pensacola, Fla. 69-73--142
Joel Edwards, Coppell, Texas 72-70--142
Keiichiro Fukabori, Japan 72-70--142
Michael Harris, Highland, N.Y. 71-71--142
Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. 68-74--142
Ryan Armour, Silver Lake, Ohio 70-72--142
Stephen Gangluff, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 70-72--142
Steven Wheatcroft, Washington, Pa. 72-70--142
Woody Austin, Derby, Kan. 69-73--142
Brenden Pappas, Ocala, Fla. 73-70--143
Brian Bateman, Monroe, La. 69-74--143
Darren Fichardt, Manchester, 72-71--143
Darron Stiles, Pinehurst, N.C. 69-74--143
a-Dayton Rose, Midwest City, Okla. 75-68--143
Dean North, Fargo, N.D. 70-73--143
Derek Gillespie, Canada 69-74--143
Jimmy Walker, Cibolo, Texas 71-72--143
Lee Williamson, Crawfordsville, Ind. 72-71--143
Luke Donald, Cleveland 70-73--143
Rob Bradley, Louisville, Ky. 70-73--143
Brian Hull, La Canada, Calif. 74-70--144
Craig Perks, Lafayette, La. 72-72--144
Joe Durant, Molino, Fla. 71-73--144
Joe Hurtuk, Bedford, Ohio 72-72--144
Jon Kennedy, Hawkinsville, Ga. 71-73--144
Keith Dory, Jackson, Tenn. 74-70--144
Kelly Maxwell, Louisville, Ky. 70-74--144
Len Mattiace, Jacksonville, Fla. 70-74--144
Michael Letzig, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 72-72--144
Mike Sauer, Albuquerque, N.M. 69-75--144
Ted Tryba, Orlando, Fla. 71-73--144
Tyler Williamson, Decatur, Ala. 71-73--144
a-Brian Duncan, Greenville, S.C. 72-73--145
Carl Pettersson, Chapel Hill, N.C. 70-75--145
Jeff LeMaster 75-70--145
Mark Stillwell, Greensboro, N.C. 74-71--145
Rich Morris, El Dorado, Kan. 73-72--145
Bobby Collins, Chatsworth, Calif. 69-77--146
Charley Hoffman, Las Vegas 73-73--146
David Van Loozen, Farmington Hills, Mich. 70-76--146
Glen Day, Little Rock, Ark. 75-71--146
a-Jack Lander, Juno Beach, Fla. 73-73--146
Mark Wiebe, Aurora, Colo. 74-72--146
Sean Mc Carty, Solon, Iowa, 75-71--146
Todd Smith, Peru, Ind. 71-75--146
Andrew Johnson, Apopka, Fla. 78-69--147
Ben Hayes, Paradise Valley, Ariz. 72-75--147
David Nolan, Mt, Clemens, Mich. 70-77--147
Frank Lickliter II, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 72-75--147
Jay Don Blake, St. George, Utah 72-75--147
John Lee, Naples, Fla. 71-76--147
Mark O'Meara, Cleveland 71-76--147
Nick Smith, Ocala, Fla. 72-75--147
a-Nolan Martin, Colorado Springs 72-75--147
Robert Gamez, Celebration, Fla. 74-73--147
William Lunde, Las Vegas 74-73--147
Brendon DeJonge, Zimbabwe 74-74--148
Brian Lefferts 73-75--148
a-Chan Wongluekiet, Atlanta 72-76--148
Dennis Miller, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 74-74--148
Dirk Ayers, Sarasota, Fla. 72-76--148
Jay Haas Jr., Greer, S.C. 75-73--148
Joe Daley, Scottsdale, Ariz. 74-74--148
Kevin Jones, Tampa, Fla. 71-77--148
Mark Lalonde, Lexington, Ky. 77-71--148
Mike Perez, San Diego 74-74--148
Mike Standly, Kemah, Texas, 71-77--148
a-Patrick Carter, Lesage, W.Va. 75-73--148
Brennan Webb, Dade City, Fla. 72-77--149
Chris Black, Lancaster, Ohio, 77-72--149
Derek Lamely, Ft Myers, Fla. 75-74--149
Edward Michaels, Atlanta, Ga. 76-73--149
Kyle Voska, Ocoee, Fla. 71-78--149
Scott Porter, Lexington, Ky. 72-77--149
William Jackson, Oklahoma City 74-75--149
Brian Unk, Columbus, Ohio 75-75--150
Erik Herberth, Avon Lake, Ohio 71-79--150
John Maginnes, Greensboro, N.C. 76-74--150
Ken Duke, Boca Raton, Fla. 73-77--150
a-Kyle Reifers, Columbus, Ohio 78-72--150
Matt Brost, Austin, Texas 73-77--150
a-Brent Witcher, Duluth, Ga. 74-77--151
Greg Boyette, Aiken, S.C. 75-76--151
a-Andrew Stephens, Ft. Mitchell, Ky. 77-75--152
a-Bernard Di Loreto, Blairsville, Pa. 74-78--152
a-Bo Hoag, Columbus, Ohio, 77-75--152
a-Chris Straley, Cincinnati 77-75--152
Seth Porter, Hastings, Neb. 80-72--152
Justin Payne, Floydada, Texas 74-79--153
Lloyd Faulkner, Cincinnati 80-73--153
Michael Beard, Palm Desert, Calif. 77-76--153
Scott Miller, Salt Lake City 73-80--153
a-Daniel Sova, Sioux Falls, S.D. 74-80--154
Eddie Maunder, Canada 77-77--154
Martin Price, Canada 79-75--154
Ryan Lenahan, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. 75-79--154
Benjamin Bost, Gilbert, Ariz. 77-78--155
Bryant Reyes, Pleasanton, Calif. 76-79--155
Craig Berner, Charleston, W.Va. 77-78--155
a-David May, Auburn, N.Y. 75-80--155
Robert Andrews, Columbia, S.C. 79-76--155
Trenton Brown, Arkansas City, Kan. 77-78--155
Jesse Hutchins, Kirkersville, Ohio 78-78--156
Rob Horak, Fairport, N.Y. 74-82--156
Shane Wahbeh, Aurora, Colo. 76-80--156
Jeffrey Becker, Colorado Springs 80-77--157
Morgan Brown, 77-80--157
a-Rob Davidge, Oxford, Ohio, 77-80--157
Henry D'Alberto, Easton, Pa. 78-80--158
Tyler Baughman, 81-83--164
Nolan Henke, Reston, Va. 72--WD
Arjun Atwal, Cleveland 73--WD
Ben Ferguson, Canada 74--WD
Damon Green, 74--WD
Bob Panasik, Canada 75--WD
Paul Azinger, Bradenton, Fla. 75--WD
Hirofumi Miyase, Norcross, Ga. 74--WD
Jose Coceres, Coral Gables, Fla. 74--WD
Harvey Pegram, Burlington, Wash. 83--WD
Scott McCarron, Reno, Nev. 70--NC
Nick Watney, Scottsdale, Ariz. 72--NC
John Riegger, Henderson, Nev. 74--NC
 

Crosswater Club
Sunriver, Ore., (21 golfers for 1 spot)
ay-Oscar Alvarez, Colombia, 68-77--145
Failed to Qualify
ax-Alex Prugh, Spokane, Wash. 72-73--145
x-Scott Johnson, Richland, Wash. 72-75--147
x-Kristopher Yardley, Canada 75-73--148
ax-Traivs Whisman, Reno, Nev. 75-73--148
Brian Flugstad, Seattle 76-74--150
Ryan Nelson, Corvalis, Ore. 75-75--150
a-Marc Rhoades, McCall, Idaho, 73-77--150
Ryan Benzel, Seattle 73-78--151
a-Liam Kendregan, Gresham, Ore. 75-76--151
Keith Coleman, Mukilteo, Wash. 76-76--152
Alex Kuyumjian, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 78-74--152
a-Jonathan Moore, Vancouver, Wash. 77-7--152
James Blair, Ogden, Utah 77-76--152
Steve Mena, Escondido, Calif. 72-81--153
a-Peter Sisich, Spokane, Wash. 76-77--153
a-James Lepp, Canada 78-76--154
a-Ryan Gilmour, Canby, Ore. 80-78--158
a-Matthew Kodama, Las Vegas 73-86--159
a-Bill Winter, Portland, Ore. 77--WD
Brian Nosler, Canby, Ore. 82--WD
 

Turtle Bay Resort & Golf Club
Kahuku, Hawaii, (11 golfers for 1 spot)
Parker McLachlin, Honolulu 71-74--145
Failed to Qualify
x-Kevin Hayashi, Hilo, Hawaii 72-76--148
Joe Phengsavath, Honolulu 73-76--149
Brian Sasada, Kahului, Hawaii 74-78--152
Kevin Carll, Mililani, Hawaii 82-77--159
Robert Pang, Los Angeles 85-74--159
a-T.J. Kua, Lihue, Hawaii 82-78--160
a-Kellen Watabu, Kapaa, Hawaii 80-83--163
Andrew Feldman, Honolulu 82-82--164
a-Eric Vallely, Newport Beach, Calif. 80-86--166
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.