US Open US Womens Open exemptions overhauled

By Randall MellFebruary 5, 2011, 11:16 pm

The U.S. Golf Association announced a series of changes Saturday to its U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open exemption categories in bids to strengthen the fields.

World rankings will get a higher priority with money-list exemptions eliminated for the men.

Highlights of changes to the U.S. Open:

• A new category has been added that will exempt the top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking on June 13, 2011. This is in addition to the top-50 exemption category in effect on May 23, 2011. The change will give hot players climbing in the rankings a second chance to get into the championship and avoid the problems that affected Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler at the Memorial last year. Rose won the Memorial the weekend before U.S. Open sectional qualifying. Though he climbed into the top 50 in the world rankings with the victory, he failed to advance to the U.S. Open. Fowler, who dueled with Rose at Memorial, also didn’t qualify for the U.S. Open after jumping into the top 50 with his performance.

• Money list categories are being eliminated beginning in 2012 with a stronger emphasis on world rankings. PGA Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and PGA Tour of Australia money list exemptions used in the past will no longer be in effect.

• The top 15 and ties at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open will no longer be exempt the following year, with the standard changed so only the top 10 and ties are exempt. The USGA informed players last year that only the top 10 and ties would advance into this year's championships.

• Beginning in 2012, winners of multiple PGA Tour events in the previous year will no longer be automatically exempt.

• Beginning in 2012, the winner of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship will be exempt. The event’s typically played three weeks before the U.S. Open.

Highlights of changes to the U.S. Women’s Open:

• Exemptions from the final LPGA money list will be expanded beginning this year from the top 50 to the top 70.

• With the expansion of money list exemptions, the number of qualifiers who can play their way into the championship will be reduced from the 84 who advanced to Oakmont last year to about 60 this year.

“Generally we have about 80 spots for sectional qualifiers available at the U.S. Open, and that is from a pool of more than 9,000 entries,” said Mike Davis, the USGA’s senior director of rules and competition. “For the Women’s Open, we expect to have around 60 spots for sectional qualifiers. Given that we receive about 1,000 entries for that championship, that number of qualifiers seems appropriate. We are absolutely committed to preserving our long-standing approach to open qualifying for all USGA championships. The USGA desires the best players from around the world in its championships, but that desire must allow for a fair system to players who wish to go through sectional qualifying.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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