Clerical error results in supersized Vegas field


A "clerical error" at PGA Tour headquarters will result in 12 players getting an unexpected start this week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The Tour's annual Las Vegas stop is typically staged in mid-October and boasts a field of 144 players, but this year it will be played in November for the first time. To compensate for the reduced daylight available during the later time slot, Tour officials planned to trim the field to 132 players.

But according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report, the change was never input into Tour computers, and players and agents were informed of their playing status based on a 144-man field.

"They realized the mistake, but at that point there was nothing they can do," said tournament director Patrick Lindsey. "We're the fifth event next year, and we are playing in November again. But we will have 132 in the field for 2017."

The mistake means that a dozen players will receive a start this week that they otherwise would not have. It also means that first- and second-round play will almost assuredly bleed into the following day, with sunset Thursday forecast for 5:42 p.m. local time at TPC Summerlin.

Based on the Tour's priority ranking for the 2016-17 season, the beneficiaries of the oversight include Mackenzie Hughes, Ryan Blaum, J.T. Poston, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Dominic Bozzelli, Rod Pampling, Seamus Power, C.T. Pan, Trey Mullinax, Kevin Tway, Will MacKenzie and Julian Etulain.