Notes Poor Play Costly to Campbell

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U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell lost his chance to play in the Memorial with three bad weeks.
 
Campbell is only allowed to play 10 times on the PGA Tour, including the four majors and three World Golf Championships. If he could have earned $197,843 over the last month, that would have given him the equivalent of 150th place on last year's money list and made him eligible for unlimited sponsor's exemptions the rest of the year, such as the Memorial.
 
But he missed the cut at the Bay Hill Invitational, The Players Championship and the Masters.
 
Campbell chose not to join the PGA Tour and play a minimum of 15 events. He had hoped to play 12 -- the tour turned down his request -- which would have allowed him into the Memorial and the Barclays Classic, a week before defending his U.S. Open title.
 
Missing the cut was no surprise at the Masters. Campbell has never made it to the weekend at Augusta National in six starts.
 
WORLD RANKING AT 20
The official world golf ranking turned 20 this month, and one thing hasn't changed.
 
Fred Couples can still be found among the top 50 in the world.
 
Bernhard Langer was No. 1 when the world ranking made its debut the week before the 1986 Masters. He was followed by Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson and Mark O'Meara. All of them except Langer -- currently No. 57 -- are no longer in the top 200.
 
Couples was No. 42 in the original ranking. He moved up to No. 21 this week.
 
The world ranking has been altered over the years. When it was launched 20 years ago, golfers were measured over three years, instead of the two-year period with gradual reductions in points every 13 weeks.
 
Only a dozen players have been ranked No. 1 -- Langer, Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Couples, Nick Price, Tom Lehman, Ernie Els, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods.
 
Woods has held the No. 1 ranking the longest at 385 weeks, while Lehman was
 
RETURN INVITATION
From the moment Arron Oberholser arrived at Augusta National, he kept stating with confidence that this would be the first of many times playing in the Masters.
 
Closing with a 71 assured at least one more. Oberholser finished at even-par 288 and tied for 14th; the top 16 and ties are invited back to Augusta next year.
 
'I'm still learning these greens,' he said. 'They still spook me in spots, but I can see myself contending here in future years.'
 
Billy Mayfair was playing the Masters for the first time since 2003, and he also earned a tee time next year by tying for 14th, while Scott Verplank, Geoff Ogilvy and Rod Pampling tied for 16th.
 
The future for Rocco Mediate is more uncertain, especially with a back that has bothered him for years and gave out on him after he made the turn Sunday. Mediate went from a chance to win and play the Masters the rest of his life, to a chance to finish in the top 16, to an 80 that put him in a tie for 36th.
 
DIVOTS
The Memorial has awarded one of its exemptions to Kevin Hall, a former Big 10 champion from Ohio State who has been deaf since he was 2. Hall was given an exemption to Pebble Beach earlier this year and missed the cut. He made it through the first stage of Q-school last year. ... Phil Mickelson's 29 victories on the PGA Tour have come in eight states -- California (9), Georgia (6), Arizona (5), Colorado (2), Texas (2), Connecticut (2), Florida (1) and Ohio (1) and New Jersey (1). Vijay Singh has won 27 times on the PGA Tour in 17 states, four of those victories in Texas. He also won in Canada. ... A course that is getting tougher each year allowed the Masters to keep one streak alive. It is the only major in which no one has posted all four rounds in the 60s. ... Vijay Singh closed with a 71 at the Masters, ending a streak of seven
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Kirk Triplett (Tucson) is the only PGA Tour winner this year who did not play in the final group.
 
FINAL WORD
'When I start missing them, they don't go in.' -- Fred Couples, the Yogi Berra of golf, on his putting at the Masters.
 
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