Open Field and Qualifications

By Associated PressJuly 11, 2008, 4:00 pm
Open ChampionshipSOUTHPORT, England -- The 156-man field for the British Open, to be played July 17-20 at Royal Birkdale. Players listed only in the first category for which they were eligible. Final two spots to be determined Sunday:
Top 10 players and ties from the 2007 British Open: Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Andres Romero, Richard Green, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, Mike Weir, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker.
British Open champions 65 or younger: Todd Hamilton, David Duval, Paul Lawrie, Mark OMeara, Justin Leonard, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Mark Calcavecchia, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson.
Top 20 players from the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit: Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Niclas Fasth, Angel Cabrera, Soren Hansen, Retief Goosen, Lee Westwood, Nick Dougherty, Colin Montgomerie, Paul Casey, Richard Sterne, Graeme Storm, Soren Kjeldsen, Anders Hansen, Gregory Havret, Peter Hanson.
BMW PGA Champions (3 years): Miguel Angel Jimenez, David Howell.
Top 50 in the world ranking published May 26: Woody Austin, Jim Furyk, Sean OHair, Rory Sabbatini, Martin Kaymer, Robert Allenby, Anthony Kim, Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Scott Verplank, Geoff Ogilvy, Zach Johnson, Pat Perez (1st alternate replacing Luke Donald), Boo Weekley, Stephen Ames, Robert Karlsson, Tim Clark, Adam Scott, Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Brandt Snedeker, Oliver Wilson, J.B. Holmes, Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling, Jeff Quinney.
Top three players, not otherwise exempt, from the top 20 on the European Tour money list through May 25: Graeme McDowell, Damian McGrane, Richard Finch.
Top two European Tour members (including ties), not otherwise exempt, in a cumulative money list from the BMW Asian Open through the French Open: Pablo Larrazabal, Scott Strange.
The leading player among the first five and ties, not already exempt, from the European Open and Barclays Scottish Open. Ties will be decided by the better score from the final round, third round and second round, then a scorecard starting on No. 18 in the final round: David Frost, TBD.
U.S. Open champions (last five years): Michael Campbell.
Top 20 from the money list on the 2007 PGA Tour: Charles Howell III.
Top three players and ties, not already exempt, from the PGA Tour money list through Colonial: Ryuji Imada, Bart Bryant.
Top two PGA TOUR members (including ties), not already exempt, in a cumulative money list from THE PLAYERS Championship through the AT&T National: Rocco Mediate.
The leading player among the first five and ties, not already exempt, from the AT&T National and the John Deere Classic. Ties will be decided by the better score from the final round, third round, second round, then a scorecard starting on No. 18 in the final round: Fredrik Jacobson, TBD.
Members of the last Presidents Cup team: Lucas Glover, David Toms, Nick OHern.
Top player from the 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit: Wen-chong Liang.
Top two players from the 2007 Australasian Tour Order of Merit: Craig Parry, David Smail.
Top player from the 2007 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit: James Kingston.
Top two players from 2007 money list on the Japan Golf Tour: Brendan Jones, Hideto Tanihara.
The leading four players, not already exempt, in the 2008 Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic: Prayad Marksaeng, Michio Matsumura, Azuma Yano, Yoshinobu Tsukada.
Top two players, not already exempt, in a cumulative money list on the Japan Golf Tour from the Japan PGA Championship through the Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic: Shintaro Kai, Hiroshi Iwata.
British Amateur champion: a-Reinier Saxton.
European Amateur champion: a-Benjamin Hebert.
International qualifying in Africa: Joshua Cunliffe, Darren Fichardt, Douglas McGuigan, Hennie Otto.
International qualifying in Australasia: Andrew Tampion, Peter Fowler, Bradley Lamb, Ewan Porter.
International qualifying in Asia: Danny Chia, Adam Blyth, Chih Bing Lam, Angelo Que.
International qualifying in America: Scott McCarron, Craig Barlow, Rich Beem, Matt Kuchar, Michael Letzig, Davis Love III, Alex Cejka, Kevin Stadler, Tom Gillis, Doug LaBelle, Tim Petrovic, Paul Goydos, Jeff Overton, John Rollins.
International qualifying in Europe: Martin Wiegele, Johan Edfors, Alexander Noren, Simon Wakefield, Steve Webster, Jose-Filipe Lima, Simon Dyson, Pelle Edberg, Jean Battiste Gonnet, David Horsey, Paul Waring, Ariel Canete, Gregory Bourdy, Anthony Wall, Philip Archer, Peter Baker, Ross Fisher, Thomas Aiken.
Local qualifying: Jamie Elson, a-Chris Wood, a-Rohan Blizard, Jean Van de Velde, a-Thomas Sherreard, Jon Bevan, Jamie Howarth, Philip Walton, Barry Hume, Jonathan Lomas.
Alternate: x-Camilo Villegas.
x-Villegas was first alternate when Kenny Perry declined his spot from the special PGA TOUR money list through AT&T National.
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    McCarthy wins Tour Championship by 4

    By Associated PressSeptember 24, 2018, 2:14 am

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Denny McCarthy won the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday to earn fully exempt PGA Tour status and a spot in the Players Championship.

    McCarthy closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over Lucas Glover at Atlantic Beach Country Club. The 25-year-old former Virginia player earned $180,000 to top the 25 PGA Tour card-earners with $255,793 in the four-event Tour Finals.

    ''It's been quite a journey this year,'' McCarthy said. ''The PGA Tour was tough to start out the year. I stuck through it and got my game. I raised my level and have been playing some really good golf. Just feels incredible to finish off these Finals. So much work behind the scenes that nobody really sees.''

    McCarthy finished at 23-under 261.

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    Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, closed with a 69. He made $108,000 to finish seventh with $125,212 in the series for the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.

    Jim Knous earned the 25th and final card from the four-event money list with $41,931, edging Justin Lower by $500. Knous made a 5-foot par save on the final hole for a 71 that left him tied for 57th. Lower missed an 8-footer for birdie, settling for a 69 and a tie for 21st.

    ''It was a brutal day emotionally,'' Knous said. ''I wasn't quite sure how much my performance would affect the overall outcome. It kind of just depended on what everybody else did. That's pretty terrifying. So I really just kind of did my best to stay calm and inside I was really freaking out and just super psyched that at the end of the day finished right there on No. 25.''

    The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list competed against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. Sungjae Im topped the list to earn the No. 1 priority spot of the 50 total cards.

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    LaCava pushed Woods to work on bunker game

    By Rex HoggardSeptember 24, 2018, 1:52 am

    ATLANTA – Last week as Tiger Woods prepared to play the season finale at East Lake he sent a text message to his caddie Joey LaCava that simply asked, what do I need to do to get better?

    Although when it comes to Woods his proficiency is always relative, but LaCava didn’t pull any punches, and as the duo completed the final round on Sunday at the Tour Championship with a bunker shot to 7 feet at the last the two traded knowing smiles.

    “We had a talk last week about his bunker game and I said, ‘I’m glad you kept that bunker game stuff in mind,’” LaCava said. “I told him he was an average bunker player and he worked at it last week. There were only two bunker shots he didn’t get up-and-down, I don’t count the last one on 18. He recognized that after two days. He was like, ‘What do you know, I’m 100 percent from the bunkers and I’m in the lead after two days.”

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    For the week, Woods got up-and-down from East Lake’s bunkers seven out of nine times and cruised to a two-stroke victory for his first PGA Tour title since 2013. That’s a dramatic improvement over his season average of 49 percent (100th on Tour).

    “His bunker game was very average coming into this week,” LaCava said. “I said you’ve got to work on your bunker game. If you had a decent bunker game like the Tiger of old you would have won [the BMW Championship].”

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    For Woods, is this only the beginning?

    By Damon HackSeptember 24, 2018, 1:42 am

    If this is Tiger Woods nine months into a comeback, wait until he actually shakes the rust off.

    This was supposed to be the year he kicked the tires, to see how his body held up after all those knives digging into his back.

    To see if a short game could truly be rescued from chunks and skulls.

    To see if a 42-year-old living legend could outfox the kids.

    On the final breath of the PGA Tour season, it was Tiger Woods who took ours away.

    Playing alongside Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club – and one group behind the current World No. 1 and eventual FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose – Woods bludgeoned the field and kneecapped Father Time. 

    It was Dean Smith and the Four Corners offense.  Emmitt Smith moving the chains. Nolan Ryan mowing them down.

    And all of a sudden you wonder if Phil Mickelson wishes he’d made alternate Thanksgiving plans.

    Even if everybody saw a win coming, it was something else to actually see it happen, to see the man in the red shirt reach another gear just one more time.

    Win No. 80 reminded us, as Roger Maltbie once said of Woods when he came back from knee surgery in 2009: “A lot of people can play the fiddle. Only one guy is Itzhak Perlman.”

    It wasn’t long ago that Tiger Woods seemed headed toward a disheartening final chapter as a broken man with a broken body.

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    He would host a couple of tournaments, do some great charity work, shout instructions into a walkie talkie at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, and call it a career.

    There would be no Nicklaus 1986 Masters moment, no Hogan Mystique at Merion.

    He would leave competitive golf as perhaps both the greatest to ever play the game and its greatest cautionary tale.

    Willie Mays with the New York Mets. Muhammad Ali taking punishment from Larry Holmes.

    But then Brad Faxon and Rickie Fowler started whispering at the end of 2017 that Tiger was healthy and hitting the ball hard. 

    There was that hold-your-breath opening tee shot at the Hero World Challenge, a bullet that flew the left bunker and bounded into the fairway.

    Rollercoaster rides at Tampa and Bay Hill, backward steps at Augusta and Shinnecock, forward leaps at The Open and the PGA.

    He switched putters and driver shafts (and shirts, oh my!) and seemed at times tantalizingly close and maddeningly far.

    That he even decided to try to put his body and game back together was one of the all-time Hail Marys in golf.

    Why go through all of that rehab again?

    Why go through the scrutiny of having your current game measured against your untouchable prime?

    Because you’re Tiger Woods, is why, because you’ve had way more wonderful days on the golf course than poor ones, despite five winless years on the PGA Tour.

    Suddenly, Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour wins is in jeopardy and Jack Nicklaus, holder of a record of 18 major championships, is at the very least paying attention.

    Woods has put the golf world on notice.

    It won’t be long until everyone starts thinking about the 2019 major schedule (and you’d better believe that Tiger already is).

    The Masters, where he has four green jackets and seven other Top 5 finishes. The PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, where he won in 2002 by 3. The United States Open at Pebble Beach, where he won in 2000 by 15.

    The Open at Royal Portrush, where his savvy and guile will be a strong 15th club.

    But that’s a talk for a later date.

    Tiger is clearly still getting his sea legs back.

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    Nonfactor McIlroy mum after lackluster 74

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 24, 2018, 1:04 am

    ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy didn’t have anything to say to the media after the final round of the Tour Championship, and that’s understandable.

    McIlroy began the final round at East Lake three shots behind Tiger Woods. He finished six back.

    McIlroy closed in 4-over 74 to tie for seventh place.

    In their matchup, Woods birdied the first hole to go four in front, and when McIlroy bogeyed the par-4 fourth, he was five in arrears. McIlroy went on to make three more bogeys, one double bogey and just two birdies.

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    McIlroy was never a factor on Sunday and ultimately finished tied for 13th in the FedExCup standings.

    The two rivals, Woods and McIlroy, shared plenty of conversations while walking down the fairways. On the 18th hole, Woods said McIlroy told him the scene was like the 1980 U.S. Open when people were shouting, “Jack’s back!”

    “I said, ‘Yeah, I just don’t have the tight pants and the hair,’” Woods joked. “But it was all good.”

    It’s now off to Paris for the upcoming Ryder Cup, where Woods and McIlroy will again be foes. It will be McIlroy’s fifth consecutive appearance in the biennial matches, while Woods is making his first since 2012.