Daly Clarke Qualify for NEC Invitational

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AKRON, Ohio -- With their stellar play to start the 2004 season, John Daly, Darren Clarke and Craig Parry have each qualified for the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational in August.
 
Daly managed to get into the elite field with his win at the Buick Invitational and his fourth place finish at the Nissan Open. He has already earned over $1.1 million and has climbed to No. 64 in the World Golf Rankings.
 
Clarke, the defending champion, is the only player outside of Tiger Woods to win more than one World Golf Championships event. He also won the 2000 Accenture Match Play Championship. He currently stands 11th on the PGA Tour money list and 13th in the World Golf Rankings after a third-place finish in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
Parry's magical finish last week at the Ford Championship at Doral was the shot of the year so far. He holed a six-iron from the fairway on the first playoff hole to win the title and defeat Scott Verplank. The win made Parry eligible for the WGC-NEC Invitational, an event he won in 2002.
 
Players are eligible for the NEC Invitational if they rank in the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of August 9, 2004, and again on August 16, 2004. The 2004 United States Ryder Cup team members, which will be named Monday, August 16, 2004, will also be eligible, as are members of the 2002 European Ryder Cup team. The final group of eligible players are the members of the U.S. and International teams from last year's Presidents Cup.
 
To date, a total of 51 players have qualified for the tournament which will take place at Firestone Country Club the week of August 16-22. This will be the sixth playing of the WGC-NEC Invitational.
 
The NEC Invitational is one of four World Golf Championships, which are sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The federation includes the Asian PGA, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and the Southern Africa Tour.
 
The Accenture Match Play Championship, American Express Championship and the World Cup are the other three World Golf Championships events.