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The Greenbrier purse payout: Na collects career-high check

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 9, 2018, 11:56 am

Kevin Na rallied on Sunday to win his second PGA Tour event at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Here's how the purse was paid out in West Virginia.

1 Kevin Na -19 $1,314,000
2 Kelly Kraft -14 $788,400
T3 Jason Kokrak -13 $423,400
T3 Brandt Snedeker -13 $423,400
T5 Austin Cook -12 $247,470
T5 Joel Dahmen -12 $247,470
T5 Joaquin Niemann -12 $247,470
T5 Sam Saunders -12 $247,470
T5 Harold Varner III -12 $247,470
10 Russell Henley -11 $197,100
T11 David Lingmerth -10 $175,200
T11 Robert Streb -10 $175,200
T13 Keegan Bradley -9 $121,363
T13 Alex Cejka -9 $121,363
T13 Mackenzie Hughes -9 $121,363
T13 Ryan Moore -9 $121,363
T13 John Peterson -9 $121,363
T13 J.J. Spaun -9 $121,363
T13 Scott Stallings -9 $121,363
T13 Bubba Watson -9 $121,363
T21 Ryan Armour -8 $75,920
T21 Tony Finau -8 $75,920
T21 Talor Gooch -8 $75,920
T21 J.J. Henry -8 $75,920
T21 Xander Schauffele -8 $75,920
T26 Wesley Bryan -7 $55,115
T26 Lanto Griffin -7 $55,115
T26 Jamie Lovemark -7 $55,115
T26 Ollie Schniederjans -7 $55,115
T30 Bronson Burgoon -6 $41,529
T30 Kevin Chappell -6 $41,529
T30 Corey Conners -6 $41,529
T30 Brandon Harkins -6 $41,529
T30 David Hearn -6 $41,529
T30 Charles Howell III -6 $41,529
T30 Keith Mitchell -6 $41,529
T30 Brett Stegmaier -6 $41,529
T30 Nick Watney -6 $41,529
T39 Blayne Barber -5 $27,740
T39 Tyler Duncan -5 $27,740
T39 Brian Gay -5 $27,740
T39 Anirban Lahiri -5 $27,740
T39 Denny McCarthy -5 $27,740
T39 C.T. Pan -5 $27,740
T39 J.T. Poston -5 $27,740
T39 Rory Sabbatini -5 $27,740
T47 Abraham Ancer -4 $18,524
T47 Roberto Diaz -4 $18,524
T47 Jim Furyk -4 $18,524
T47 Billy Hurley III -4 $18,524
T47 Stephan Jaeger -4 $18,524
T47 Rob Oppenheim -4 $18,524
T47 Jonathan Randolph -4 $18,524
T47 Webb Simpson -4 $18,524
55 Kevin Kisner -3 $16,790
T56 Scott Brown -2 $16,060
T56 Fabian Gomez -2 $16,060
T56 Brian Harman -2 $16,060
T56 Peter Malnati -2 $16,060
T56 Trey Mullinax -2 $16,060
T56 Cameron Percy -2 $16,060
T56 Ben Silverman -2 $16,060
T56 Vijay Singh -2 $16,060
T56 Nick Taylor -2 $16,060
T65 Zac Blair -1 $15,111
T65 Phil Mickelson -1 $15,111
T65 Johnson Wagner -1 $15,111
T65 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $15,111
T69 Chad Campbell E $14,454
T69 Tom Hoge E $14,454
T69 Steve Marino E $14,454
T69 William McGirt E $14,454
T69 Richy Werenski E $14,454
T74 Whee Kim 1 $13,870
T74 George McNeill 1 $13,870
T74 Scott Piercy 1 $13,870
77 Tyrone Van Aswegen 4 $13,578
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Paisley (61) leads Tour Championship

By Associated PressSeptember 20, 2018, 11:56 pm

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Chris Paisley birdied four of the last five holes for a 10-under 61 and the first-round lead Thursday in the season-ending Tour Championship.

The South African Open winner in January for his first European Tour title, Paisley played the back nine first at Atlantic Beach Country Club, holing a bunker shot for an eagle on the par-5 18th. On the front nine, he birdied the par-3 fifth and finished with three straight birdies.

''I think just all around was really good,'' Paisley said. ''I hit it well off the tee, which gave me a lot of kind of short irons into the greens and opportunities. I hit a lot of really good iron shots close, and then a few other bonus kind of things happened where I holed the bunker shot on 18 and holed a long putt on No. 8.''

The 32-year-old Englishman missed the cuts in the first three Tour Finals events after getting into the series as a non-member PGA Tour with enough money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup. The final card went for $40,625 last year, with Paisley needs to finish in a two-way tie for fourth or better to mathematically have a chance to secure one of the 25 PGA Tour at stake.

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''The nice thing was I won early in the year in Europe,'' said Paisley, a former University of Tennessee player. ''I've got the first two Final series events locked up, I think I'm in those. I'm not guaranteed to be in Dubai yet. But I just thought we have a house over here, my wife's American, my goal is to try to get on the PGA Tour, so it was a perfect opportunity to try and do it.''

Cameron Tringale and Canadian Ben Silverman were two strokes back at 63. Tringale is tied for 83rd in the PGA Tour card race with $2,660, and Silverman is tied for 85th at $2,600.

''I hit a lot of good shots and made some good putts,'' Silverman said. ''Actually, it could have been lower, but I'm not complaining. Missed a couple putts inside 6x feet, but I'm not complaining at all, it was a great round.''

Lucas Glover was at 64 with Ben Crane, Nicholas Lindheim, Matt Every, Trevor Cone, Denny McCarthy, Carlos Ortiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez. Carlos Ortiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez earned PGA Tour cards as top-25 finishers on the Tour regular-season money list, and McCarthy has made $75,793 in the first three Finals events to also wrap up a card. In the race for the 25 cards, Lindholm is 19th with $35,836, Every 30th with $25,733, Glover 40th with $17,212, and Cone 59th with $8,162

The series features the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and Paisley and other non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for the 25 cards based on series earnings.

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McIlroy likely to join PGA Tour PAC next year

By Rex HoggardSeptember 20, 2018, 11:28 pm

ATLANTA – The upside of the PGA Tour’s sweeping changes to next year’s playoff finale, along with a host of other significant changes to the schedule, seems to be more engagement in circuit policy by top players.

Jordan Spieth served on the player advisory council this season and will begin his three-year term as one of four player directors on the policy board next year, and Justin Thomas also was on this year’s PAC.

Those meetings might become even more high profile next year.

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“I'm not on the PAC. I'm probably going to join the PAC next year. Nice to sort of know what's going on and give your input and whatever,” Rory McIlroy said following his round on Thursday at the Tour Championship.

McIlroy said he spoke with Tour commissioner Jay Monahan about the transition to a strokes-based format for the Tour Championship starting next year. Given his take on Thursday to the media it must have been an interesting conversation.

“I like it for the FedExCup. I don't necessarily think it should be an official Tour win. I don't know how the World Ranking points are going to work,” said McIlroy, who is tied for fifth after a first-round 67 at East Lake. “There's a lot of stuff that still needs to be figured out. But in terms of deciding the FedExCup, I think it's good.”

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Thomas (67) happy to feel no pain in wrist

By Rex HoggardSeptember 20, 2018, 11:03 pm

ATLANTA – When Justin Thomas arrived at East Lake he didn’t have very high expectations.

After injuring his right wrist during the final round of the BMW Championship he spent last week in south Florida getting therapy after being diagnosed with a case of tendinitis and little else.

He said he didn’t hit a full shot last week and didn’t expect much out of his game at the finale, but was pleasantly surprised with his play following an opening 67 that left him tied for fifth place and two strokes off the lead. But most of all he was pleased that he didn’t feel any pain in his wrist.

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“I thought that I may not be playing very well because of my preparation being able to hit as few balls as I have, but no, in terms of pain, it's not an issue,” he said.

Thomas explained that he tested the wrist earlier this week to be sure he was pain-free and conceded he considered not playing the Tour Championship in order to be as healthy as possible for next week’s Ryder Cup.

“If it would have hurt at all, I wouldn't have played,” said Thomas, who will be a rookie on this year’s U.S. team. “No. 1 most important part is my future and my career. I don't want to do anything that's going to put me out for a while. But to me, second most important is Ryder Cup. I would rather not play this week and play the Ryder Cup and be fresh and make sure I'm going to get as many points for the team as possible.”

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Fowler 'pain free' and tied for Tour Championship lead

By Rex HoggardSeptember 20, 2018, 11:01 pm

ATLANTA – The most important member of Team USA at next week’s Ryder Cup may be the team trainer.

Justin Thomas began the season finale nursing a case of tendonitis in his right wrist and Rickie Fowler skipped the first two playoff events after being slowed by a right oblique injury.

Neither player seemed impacted by the injuries on Thursday at the Tour Championship, with Thomas tied for fifth at 3 under and Fowler tied for the lead with Tiger Woods at 5 under par.

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“I needed the 2 1/2 weeks or so of just sitting around really not doing a whole lot,” said Fowler, who tied for eighth last week at the BMW Championship. “It was definitely the right call. If I would have played through the first or second playoff events, there was really no benefit, especially looking at the ultimate goal being ready for the Ryder Cup and to have a chance to be here at East Lake.”

Being rested and pain-free is a vast improvement over how he felt at the PGA Championship last month, when he underwent therapy before and after each round and had to wear tape just to play.

“It's nice to be back swinging pain-free because I wouldn't have wanted to deal with how it felt during PGA week for a continued amount of time,” said Fowler, who finished his day with a bogey-free closing nine to secure a spot in Friday’s final group with Woods.