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Tryon Out Toms In at Bob Hope

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Ty Tryon has declined a sponsors exemption to play in the 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, scheduled for Jan. 16-20 over four courses in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
 
The event did, however, get a confirmation from PGA Championship winner David Toms. Toms joins Phil Mickelson, Scott Hoch, Charles Howell, Arnold Palmer, Jesper Parnevik and Mark OMeara as players who have committed to the desert Classic.
 
Tryon, 17, is allowed seven-12 tournament appearances before his 18th birthday on June 2. Wednesday it was announced that Tryons camp had given up hope of circumventing the new PGA Tour rule ' established in September ' stating a player must be 18 years of age in order to be a tour member.
 
Tryon earned his tour card for 2002 by making it through all three stages of the Qualifying Tournament. He filed his Q-School paperwork and the $4,000 entry fee in August, and thus hoped to be grandfathered onto the tour.
 
The high school junior is expected to make his 2002 debut during the Florida Swing, which starts at the Genuity Championship in late February.
 
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