Nine More Qualify For US Open

By Associated PressMay 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenFAR HILLS, N.J. ' Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling and Rory Sabbatini, each a winner on the PGA Tour this season, are three of the nine golfers who earned full exemptions into the U.S. Open with the close of three active categories as of May 30. A total of 79 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the upcoming Championship, scheduled from June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Ogilvy, Pampling and Sabbatini earned their exemptions by easily staying in the top 50 in the World Rankings. The other six who earned full exemptions by being in the top 50 of the updated World Rankings are Paul Casey, a winner on the 2006 PGA European Tour, along with Robert Allenby, Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson and Tom Lehman.

The 10 leading money leaders on the PGA Tour for 2006 and the top two money leaders of the PGA European Tour for 2006 were already fully exempt, after considering the world rankings. The remainder of the top 50 ranked players (41) was already fully exempt through other criteria.

One more fully exempt place could be awarded following the close of this weeks Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour, if the winner is not already fully exempt and it is his second Tour win since last April 27.

Sectional qualifying for the remaining 77 spots will take place at 13 sites on June 5-6. The first sectional qualifier was held May 29 in Japan with three spots for the U.S. Open field awarded.

Here is the list of the 79 golfers who are fully exempt:
Robert Allenby16
Steven Ames6,11,16
Stuart Appleby9,11,16
Rich Beem5
Thomas Bjorn10,16
Olin Browne9
Bart Bryant9,16
Angel Cabrera10,16
Mark Calcavecchia9
Chad Campbell9,11,16
Michael Campbell1,8,10,16
Paul Casey13,16
K.J. Choi8,16
Stewart Cink8,16
Darren Clarke16
Tim Clark8,9,16
John Cook8
Fred Couples8,16
Ben Crane9,16
Ben Curtis4
Chris DiMarco9,16
Luke Donald9,10,16
Dillon Dougherty2
Nick Dougherty10
Allen Doyle7
David Duval4
Ernie Els 1,4,8,16
Bob Estes8
Niclas Fasth10,16
Kenneth Ferrie10
Fred Funk9,16
Jim Furyk1,9,11,12,16
Sergio Garcia8,9,10,16
Lucas Glover9,16
Retief Goosen1,8,9,10,11,16
Todd Hamilton4
Padraig Harrington9,16
Peter Hedblom8
Mark Hensby8
Tim Herron9,16
Charles Howell III9
David Howell10,13,16
Ryuji Imada8
Trevor Immelman16
Peter Jacobsen8
Lee Janzen1
Miguel Angel Jimenez10,16
Brandt Jobe9
Zach Johnson16
Steve Jones1
Shingo Katayama14,16
Tom Lehman16
Justin Leonard9
Davis Love III8,9,16
Paul McGinley10,16
Billy Mayfair9
Rocco Mediate8
Shaun Micheel5
Phil Mickelson3,5,9,11,12,16
Edoardo Molinari2
Colin Montgomerie10,16
Arron Oberholser8,16
Sean OHair9
Nick OHern15,16
Jose Maria Olazabal10,16
Geoff Ogilvy11,16
Rod Pampling16
Corey Pavin8
Kenny Perry9,16
Nick Price8
Ted Purdy9
Rory Sabbatini11,16
Adam Scott9,15,16
Vijay Singh 5,8,9,16
Henrik Stenson10,16
David Toms5,8,9,11,16
Scott Verplank9,16
Mike Weir3,16
Tiger Woods1,3,4,8,9,11,12,16
Key to Player Exemptions:
1) Winners of the U.S. Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2) Winner and runner-up of the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship.
3) Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.
4) Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.
5) Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.
6) Winner of the 2006 Players Championship.
7) Winner of the 2005 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
8) From the 2005 U.S. Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.
9) From the 2005 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10) From the 2005 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11) From the 2006 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 29.
12) Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co'sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 27, 2005 through June 4, 2006
13) From the 2006 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 30.
14) From the 2005 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
15) From the 2005 final PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16) From the World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 30, 2006.
17) Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.
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    Goal for new world No. 1 Koepka: Stay healthy

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 1:38 pm

    Last season Brooks Koepka bagged a pair of majors en route to the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award. He started the new wraparound season with an emphatic win at the CJ Cup to reach world No. 1 for the first time.

    But amid the best form of his career, Koepka has a simple goal in mind as he gets ready to turn his attention to the new year.

    "Stay healthy," Koepka told reporters. "That's been the big thing. I need to be healthy to be able to play all these events, play all the majors."

    Koepka's breakthrough year comes despite the fact that he missed four months in the spring, including the Masters, while recovering from a wrist injury. He hit the ground running once he returned, with strong finishes at TPC Sawgrass and Colonial preceding wins at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

    Now Koepka has added a third trophy after cruising to a four-shot win in South Korea on Sunday that allowed him to move past Dustin Johnson at world No. 1.

    "I'm 1-for-1 this year, which is nice," Koepka joked about his undefeated record in the new wraparound season.

    Koepka will be in the field next week in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions before putting the clubs on the shelf. With Justin Thomas paving the way by making the goal-setting process more public in recent years, Koepka explained that even after summiting the world rankings he plans to wait until 2019 to adjust his expectations for himself.

    "I keep the same goals through the calendar year," Koepka said. "On Jan. 1 I go to the beach in the morning and go write down my goals and figure them out for the calendar year, but I just need to finish this year off. I've got next week and I would like to, coming out the first week as No. 1, I'd like to play well."

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    Birdie binge for Woodland comes up short at CJ Cup

    By Will GrayOctober 21, 2018, 12:52 pm

    Gary Woodland mounted an impressive rally at the CJ Cup, but in the end even 11 birdies weren't enough to catch Brooks Koepka.

    Woodland started the final round in South Korea five shots behind the new world No. 1, but he made the biggest move of the day amid chilly conditions on Jeju Island. With six birdies over his first nine holes, including four in a row on Nos. 6-9, he briefly caught Koepka at the top of the leaderboard.

    But Woodland bogeyed No. 10, and even with five more birdies coming home to finish a 9-under 63 he still finished alone in second, four shots behind Koepka who closed with a bogey-free 29 to put the trophy out of reach.

    "Yesterday I didn't get any putts to go in, and today I saw a lot of putts go in," Woodland told reporters. "Brooks with the lead, not much fazes him. So you knew you had to make a lot of birdies, and I made a lot today. But I was just too far behind."

    It's the second straight strong performance from Woodland to start the new wraparound season, as he tied for fifth at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia after holding a share of the 54-hole lead. A closing 63 would have gone a long way last week, but he was still pleased to be able to make Koepka sweat a little on a day when even the bad holes resulted from good shots.

    "I made two bogeys on the back and I said, 'Be right' on both shots," Woodland said. "I was just maybe a little too amped up, a little excited. I hit them both perfect. All in all, I would have liked for a couple more putts to go in yesterday and been a little closer going into today."

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    Kang (69) wins Buick LPGA Shanghai by two

    By Associated PressOctober 21, 2018, 9:11 am

    SHANGHAI - Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.

    Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day's lowest score of 66.

    ''I hope I win more,'' Kang said. ''I did the best I can. I'm going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I'll win more. I'll play better.''

    Ko, who had seven birdies and a lone bogey, tied for second at 11 under with a group of seven players that included Brittany Altomare (71), Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and overnight co-leader Sei Young Kim (72).

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    Carlota Ciganda, who also held a share of the lead after the third round, shot a 73 to fall into a tie for ninth with Bronte Law and local favorite Lu Liu.

    Paula Creamer carded three birdies against a pair of bogeys for a 71 to finish in sole possession of 12th place.

    The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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    New world No. 1 Koepka already wants more

    By Nick MentaOctober 21, 2018, 8:48 am

    If there is a knock on Brooks Koepka, it’s that he’s a little too cool.

    Gary Woodland, who threw 11 birdies at Koepka on Sunday and still finished four shots back, inadvertently captured that exact sentiment after Saturday's third round.

    “You know," he said, "Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much."

    In context, Woodland meant that there was little anyone in the field could do to rattle the 54-hole leader. (He proved himself right, by the way.)

    And out of context, the comment speaks to the general narrative surrounding Koepka. That he’s just detached enough for fans to have trouble attaching themselves to him. That he’s just a jock here to cash checks and collect trophies, to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

    But for a few moments Sunday in South Korea, it became clear that Brooks Koepka does care. Crouched on the 72nd green with some time to stop and think as Ian Poulter lagged a bit behind, Koepka finally let a moment get to him. Cameras caught the three-time major champion appearing unusually emotional.

    Of course, less than a minute later, those same cameras caught him yawning. The contrast was almost too perfect. It was as if he knew he had just been found out and needed to snap back into character – which he did.

    He promptly poured in an eagle putt to cap off a final-round 64, to win the CJ Cup by four, and to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

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    “To be world No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said on the 18th green, moments after closing out his fifth PGA Tour victory and third this year. “I don't think this one's going to sink in.”

    What is beginning to sink in is that Koepka now unequivocally belongs in the conversation, the one golf fans and analysts have been having over and over since Tiger Woods fell from golf's greatest heights.

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    In the two years between his first PGA Tour win and his first U.S. Open victory, Koepka was touted as having the kind of talent to compete with the game's elites. It took a little while for him to get here, but Koepka has taken over as the latest player to look like he’ll never lose again. Just as it was for Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas before him, this is Koepka's moment. This is his run of dominance.

    It’s a run that will have to end at some point. Every one of the guys just mentioned did cool off eventually. Koepka will, too. Maybe it will be fatigue, maybe it will be injury, and maybe it’ll just be golf. This talent pool is simply too deep for anyone to remain on top for too long.

    But what Koepka has done this year – in defending his U.S. Open title, in staring down Tiger at the PGA, in claiming the Player of the Year Award, in ascending to the top of the world rankings – is put his name at the forefront of the conversation. If he was unappreciated at times before, those days are behind him. He's already accomplished too much, proven himself too good to be overlooked any longer.

    And he’s far from done.

    “For me, I just need to keep winning,” the new world No. 1 said Sunday. “I feel like to win a few more regular Tour events and then keep adding majors. I feel like my game's set up for that. I've gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where, it's incredible, every time I tee it up, I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not. It's something I'm so excited [about] right now, you have no idea. I just can't wait to go play again.”