Players Championship field: How they qualified

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 8, 2017, 7:00 pm

It's time for the 44th Players Championship. Here's a look at the field and how they qualified for a tee time at TPC Sawgrass.

Aaron Baddeley: Won 2016 Barbasol Champ., 69th in FedExCup last season

Blayne Barber: 101st in FedExCup last season

Ricky Barnes: 71st in FedExCup last season

Daniel Berger: Won 2016 FedEx St. Jude Cl., 26th in FedExCup last season

Zac Blair: 110th in FedExCup last season

Jonas Blixt: Won 2017 Zurich Classic, 107th in FedExCup last season

Jason Bohn: 97th in FedExCup last season

Keegan Bradley: 103rd in FedExCup last season

Scott Brown: 80th in FedExCup last season

Wesley Bryan: Won 2017 RBC Heritage, Led 2016 Web.com Tour Money List

Rafa Cabrera Bello: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Chad Campbell: 73rd in FedExCup last season

Patrick Cantlay: Was on major medical, earned enough FedExCup points

Paul Casey: 5th in FedExCup last season

Roberto Castro: 22nd in FedExCup last season

Alex Cejka: 83rd in FedExCup last season

Greg Chalmers: Won 2016 Barracuda Champ.

Kevin Chappell: Won 2017 Valero Texas Open, 8th in FedExCup last season

K.J. Choi: 91st in FedExCup last season

Ben Crane: 117th in FedExCup last season

Jason Day: Defending Champion, 6th in FedExCup last season

Graham DeLaet: 120th in FedExCup last season

Luke Donald: 58th in FedExCup last season

Jason Dufner: 19th in FedExCup last season

Ernie Els: Won 2012 Open (last exempt year)

Harris English: 47th in FedExCup last season

Matt Every: Won 2015 Arnold Palmer Inv.

Derek Fathauer: 100th in FedExCup last season

Tony Finau: 45th in FedExCup last season

Ross Fisher: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Tommy Fleetwood: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Rickie Fowler: Won 2015 Players, 2017 Honda Classic, 31st in FedExCup last season

Jim Furyk: 86th in FedExCup last season

Sergio Garcia: Won 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson, 2017 Masters

Robert Garrigus: 109th in FedExCup last season

Brian Gay: Was on major medical, earned enough FedExCup points

Lucas Glover: 106th in FedExCup last season

Fabian Gomez: 40th in FedExCup last season

Branden Grace: 41st in FedExCup last season

Cody Gribble: Won 2016 Sanderson Farms Champ.

Emiliano Grillo: 11th in FedExCup last season

Bill Haas: 46th in FedExCup last season

Adam Hadwin: Won 2017 Valspar Champ., 85th in FedExCup last season

James Hahn: 39th in FedExCup last season

Brian Harman: 53rd in FedExCup last season

Tyrrell Hatton: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

David Hearn: 56th in FedExCup last season

Russell Henley: Won 2017 Houston Open, 87th in FedExCup last season

Jim Herman: 42nd in FedExCup last season

Charley Hoffman: 44th in FedExCup last season

J.B. Holmes: 30th in FedExCup last season

Billy Horschel: 50th in FedExCup last season

Mark Hubbard: 115th in FedExCup last season

Mackenzie Hughes: Won 2016 RSM Classic

John Huh: 95th in FedExCup last season

Billy Hurley III: Won 2016 Quicken Loans Nat'l, 55th in FedExCup last season

Yuta Ikeda: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Freddie Jacobson: 90th in FedExCup last season

Dustin Johnson: Six PGA Tour wins in last 12 months

Zach Johnson: Won 2015 Open, 57th in FedExCup last season

Sung Kang: 96th in FedExCup last season

Smylie Kaufman: 43rd in FedExCup last season

Martin Kaymer: Won 2014 Players

Jerry Kelly: 72nd in FedExCup last season

Michael Kim: 118th in FedExCup last season

Si Woo Kim: Won 2016 Wyndham Champ., 17th in FedExCup last season

Chris Kirk: 54th in FedExCup last season

Kevin Kisner: 23rd in FedExCup last season

Patton Kizzire: 82nd in FedExCup last season

Russell Knox: Won 2016 Travelers Champ., 10th in FedExCup last season

Brooks Koepka: 35th in FedExCup last season

Jason Kokrak: 33rd in FedExCup last season

Matt Kuchar: Won 2012 Players, 18th in FedExCup last season

Anirban Lahiri: 119th in FedExCup last season

Martin Laird: 77th in FedExCup last season

Bernhard Langer: Won Senior Players in each of the last three years

Danny Lee: 92nd in FedExCup last season

Marc Leishman: Won 2017 Arnold Palmer Inv., 68th FedExCup last season

Spencer Levin: 94th in FedExCup last season

David Lingmerth: Won 2015 Memorial Tournament, 67th FedExCup last season

Luke List: 122nd in FedExCup last season

Andrew Loupe: 113th in FedExCup last season

Jamie Lovemark: 49th in FedExCup last season

Shane Lowry: Won 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Inv., 102nd FedExCup last season

Peter Malnati: 104th in FedExCup last season

Ben Martin: 70th in FedExCup last season

Hideki Matsuyama: Two wins this season, 13th in FedExCup last season

Graeme McDowell: 48th in FedExCup last season

William McGirt: Won 2016 Memorial Tournament, 24th FedExCup last season

Rory McIlroy: Won 2016 FedExCup

Troy Merritt: 121st in FedExCup last season

Phil Mickelson: Won 2013 Open, 16th in FedExCup last season

Bryce Molder: 89th in FedExCup last season

Francesco Molinari: 111th in FedExCup last season

Ryan Moore: Won 2016 John Deere Classic, 7th in FedExCup last season

Grayson Murray: Led 2016 Web.com Tour Finals Money List

Kevin Na: 28th in FedExCup last season

Seung-Yul Noh: 125th in FedExCup last season

Alex Noren: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Sean O' Hair: 27th in FedExCup last season

Louis Oosthuizen: 38th in FedExCup last season

Ryan Palmer: 34th in FedExCup last season

Rod Pampling: Won 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Pat Perez: Won 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Scott Piercy: 37th in FedExCup last season

D.A. Points: Won 2017 Puerto Rico Open

Ian Poulter: Was on major medical, earned enough FedExCup points

Jon Rahm: Won 2017 Farmers Insurance Open

Chez Reavie: 81st in FedExCup last season

Patrick Reed: Won 2016 Northern Trust, 3rd in FedExCup last season

Kyle Reifers: 61st in FedExCup last season

Patrick Rodgers: 74th in FedExCup last season

Justin Rose: 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, 51st in FedExCup last season

Charl Schwartzel: 25th in FedExCup last season

Adam Scott: 4th in FedExCup last season

Webb Simpson: Won 2012 U.S. Open, 51st in FedExCup

Vijay Singh: 99th in FedExCup last season

Cameron Smith: Won 2017 Zurich Classic

Jordan Spieth: Won 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach, 9th in FedExCup last season

Kyle Stanley: 116th in FedExCup last season

Brendan Steele: Won 2016 Safeway Open, 63rd in FedExCup last season

Shawn Stefani: 123rd in FedExCup last season

Brett Stegmaier: 108th in FedExCup last season

Henrik Stenson: Won 2016 Open, 36th in FedExCup last season

Robert Streb: 105th in FedExCup last season

Kevin Streelman: 59th in FedExCup last season

Steve Stricker: 76th in FedExCup last season

Brian Stuard: 60th in FedExCup last season

Daniel Summerhays: 65th in FedExCup last season

Hudson Swafford: Won 2017 CareerBuilder, 64th in FedExCup last season

Vaughn Taylor: 62nd in FedExCup last season

Justin Thomas: Three wins this season, 12th in FedExCup last season

David Toms: 124th in FedExCup last season

Cameron Tringale: 112th in FedExCup last season

Tyrone Van Aswegen: 98th in FedExCup last season

Harold Varner III: 75th in FedExCup last season

Jhonattan Vegas: Won 2016 RBC Canadian Open, 29th in FedExCup last season

Johnson Wagner: 78th in FedExCup last season

Jimmy Walker: Won 2016 PGA Champ., 14th in FedExCup last season

Bubba Watson: 21st in FedExCup last season

Boo Weekley: 114th in FedExCup last season

Lee Westwood: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Bernd Wiesberger: Top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking on May 1

Danny Willett: Won 2016 Masters, 93rd in FedExCup last season

Gary Woodland: 20th in FedExCup last season

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 20, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.


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Watch: 100mph storm destroys tent at St. Andrews

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 20, 2018, 4:25 pm

The Old Course at St. Andrews has endured all sorts of wacky weather over the years, but things ratcheted up a notch this week with the arrival of Storm Ali.

The first named storm of the season struck Wednesday, bringing 100 mph gusts, killing two people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in parts of Ireland, Scotland and England.

According to the Courier no one was injured in the St. Andrews area, but a video posted from the home of golf shows just how powerful the storm was as wind absolutely destroyed one of the hospitality tents set up in advance of the Dunhill Links Championship:

While plenty of clean-up is sure to be needed, officials say the Dunhill Links, which also be conducted at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, will go on as scheduled October 4-7.

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Web.com Tour releases 2019 schedule, trims Finals

By Will GraySeptember 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

The Web.com Tour has officially released its full schedule for the 2019 season, a slate that will feature a Labor Day finish and only three Finals events as opposed to four.

The developmental circuit will feature 27 tournaments, the same number as this season. Things will kick off in the Bahamas for the third straight year, as two events in the islands begin a stretch of five events in as many weeks across four different countries.

The Feb. 14-17 Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., will be the first domestic event of 2019, and one of three new events to the schedule. Also added are the Evans Scholars Invitational in suburban Chicago and the TPC Colorado Championship in Berthoud, Colo.

But with the PGA Tour overhauling its schedule and dropping a FedExCup playoff event to finish ahead of football season, the Web.com schedule also features changes next year. The Web.com Tour Finals, which are used to determine the 50 players who will be promoted to the PGA Tour for the following season, will now feature only three events and follow a similar timeline.

The first Finals event will be the Aug. 15-18 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, followed by the Albertsons Boise Open. The season will conclude Aug. 30-Sept. 2 with the Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., one week after the PGA Tour season ends with the revamped Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The DAP Championship at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, a Finals event for each of the last three years, has been dropped from the 2019 schedule. Gone, too, are the North Mississippi Classic in Oxford and the Rust-Oleum Championship in Ivanhoe, Ill.

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Inside Attica: Interviewing Valentino Dixon

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 2:00 am

By RYAN GRIFFITHS

Some stories stick with you longer than others. First time you get to do a feature. First time you meet a sports legend (it was Allen Iverson for me). Seeing a championship isn’t bad, either. Been there, done that. Lawnmower museum on the east coast of England, tsunami survivors in California, re-connecting Al Geiberger with his lost 59 tape, all good, but no story or environment has stuck with me like going to Attica Correctional Facility in 2013 to tell the story of Valentino Dixon.

For starters, I’d never been searched before setting up for an interview. Not just me, everyone - all three cameramen, Jimmy Roberts, the guy escorting us in who worked there. Everyone. Attica trusts no one. Can’t blame them after 1971, when inmates protesting living conditions took members of the prison staff hostage. The ensuing police response left 29 inmates and 10 hostages dead.

Attica has a "shank wall," a collection of homemade weapons seized from inmates and displayed like baseball cards in a plastic case on the wall outside the guards' lunchroom. Prison interior decorating at its finest. Nice touch.

We went to do a story on an inmate who was introduced to the world in a Golf Digest article by Max Adler in 2012. "The golf artist who had never stepped foot on a golf course - Valentino Dixon.: He was in for murder. Second degree. You know, your standard golf story.


Wrongfully imprisoned man freed after nearly three decades


Dixon, a former aspiring artist before getting caught up in the Buffalo drug-dealing scene, started sketching photos from Golf Digest for the warden. I’ve never been to prison, but from what I have gathered from watching The Shawshank Redemption some 8,000 times, getting in the warden’s good graces is a smart habit to pick up if you’re doing serious time.

Dixon's art was insanely good. Even more so because he did it all with colored pencils. No paintbrushes allowed (see shank wall above). Jimmy, the crew and I stopped for a good 10-15 minutes to marvel at his creations before continuing with the interview.

We spent a solid 40 minutes talking to the man who supposedly killed a man 20-something years prior. In that time, he pleaded his innocence to us over and over again. He spoke like a man who had rehearsed every angle of his story over and over and over again. I give him credit - there were no holes in his story. I consider myself a pretty good judge of character, and he didn’t look like a killer, didn’t sound like one. either. But what did I know? I’d never met one - that I know of. And if you were stuck in prison for 20-plus years and all of a sudden had a camera in front of you and a platform to plead your innocence, wouldn’t you do your best to try to get out of there?

Since the guards wouldn’t allow any food, the crew and I stopped at the first deli we saw on the ride back into Buffalo. After we were done eating, we all looked at each other, knowing what we all were thinking: "Do you think he did it?”

Didn’t matter what we thought, we were just there to tell the story. On Wednesday, however, people whose opinions mattered made a decision and allowed someone who loves the game of golf, but has never stepped foot on a golf course, to do just that if he so chooses. That's a story that will stick with him for the rest of his life.