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Valspar purse payout: Another half-million to Tiger's total

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 12, 2018, 12:12 pm

Paul Casey won the Valspar Championship on Sunday, while Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed tied for second. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Innisbrook Resort:

1

Paul Casey

1,170,000.00

T2

Patrick Reed

572,000.00

T2

Tiger Woods

572,000.00

4

Sergio Garcia

312,000.00

T5

Justin Rose

247,000.00

T5

Rory Sabbatini

247,000.00

7

Jim Furyk

217,750.00

T8

Branden Grace

182,000.00

T8

Jason Kokrak

182,000.00

T8

Trey Mullinax

182,000.00

T8

Webb Simpson

182,000.00

T12

Sam Burns

131,625.00

T12

Adam Hadwin

131,625.00

T12

Sean O'Hair

131,625.00

T12

Steve Stricker

131,625.00

T16

Abraham Ancer

77,295.84

T16

Ryan Blaum

77,295.84

T16

Jamie Lovemark

77,295.84

T16

T.J. Vogel

77,295.84

T16

Blayne Barber

77,295.83

T16

Corey Conners

77,295.83

T16

Zach Johnson

77,295.83

T16

Russell Knox

77,295.83

T16

Luke List

77,295.83

T16

William McGirt

77,295.83

T16

Louis Oosthuizen

77,295.83

T16

Adam Scott

77,295.83

T28

Ryan Palmer

46,150.00

T28

Tyrone Van Aswegen

46,150.00

T28

Jimmy Walker

46,150.00

T31

Dominic Bozzelli

35,316.67

T31

Keegan Bradley

35,316.67

T31

Chad Campbell

35,316.67

T31

Stewart Cink

35,316.67

T31

Brice Garnett

35,316.67

T31

Robert Garrigus

35,316.67

T31

Kelly Kraft

35,316.66

T31

Brandt Snedeker

35,316.66

T31

Scott Stallings

35,316.66

T40

Ryan Armour

24,700.00

T40

Alex Cejka

24,700.00

T40

Austin Cook

24,700.00

T40

Charles Howell III

24,700.00

T40

Matt Kuchar

24,700.00

T40

Graeme McDowell

24,700.00

T46

Ben Martin

18,936.67

T46

Cameron Smith

18,936.67

T46

J.B. Holmes

18,936.66

T49

Aaron Baddeley

15,431.00

T49

Bob Estes

15,431.00

T49

Bill Haas

15,431.00

T49

Stephan Jaeger

15,431.00

T49

Whee Kim

15,431.00

T49

Chris Kirk

15,431.00

T49

Shane Lowry

15,431.00

T49

Sam Saunders

15,431.00

T49

Ollie Schniederjans

15,431.00

T49

Charl Schwartzel

15,431.00

T59

Si Woo Kim

14,170.00

T59

Rod Pampling

14,170.00

T59

Patrick Rodgers

14,170.00

T59

Adam Schenk

14,170.00

T59

Nick Watney

14,170.00

T64

Scott Brown

13,585.00

T64

Luke Donald

13,585.00

T64

Ernie Els

13,585.00

T64

David Lingmerth

13,585.00

T68

Chris Couch

13,000.00

T68

Matt Every

13,000.00

T68

Fabián Gómez

13,000.00

T68

Sam Ryder

13,000.00

T68

Aaron Wise

13,000.00

73

Sung Kang

12,610.00

T74

Lucas Glover

12,415.00

T74

J.J. Henry

12,415.00

T74

Dylan Meyer - a

 

77

Martin Flores

12,220.00

78

Harold Varner III

12,090.00

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Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.

Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.

He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.

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Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.


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Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.

David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.

Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”

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Rory tired of the near-misses, determined to close

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:46 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy has returned to the Travelers Championship with an eye on bumping up his winning percentage.

McIlroy stormed from the back of the pack to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but that remains his lone worldwide win since the 2016 Tour Championship. It speaks to McIlroy’s considerable ability and lofty expectations that, even with a number of other high finishes this season, he is left unsatisfied.

“I feel like I’ve had five realistic chances to win this year, and I’ve been able to close out one of them. That’s a bit disappointing, I guess,” McIlroy said. “But at least I’ve given myself five chances to win golf tournaments, which is much more than I did last year.”


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The most memorable of McIlroy’s near-misses is likely the Masters, when he played alongside Patrick Reed in Sunday’s final group but struggled en route to a T-5 finish. But more frustrating in the Ulsterman’s eyes were his runner-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when he led by two shots with eight holes to go, and a second-place showing behind Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

“There’s been some good golf in there,” he said. “I feel like I let Dubai and Wentworth get away a little bit.”

He’ll have a chance to rectify that trend this week at TPC River Highlands, where he finished T-17 last year in his tournament debut and liked the course and the tournament enough to keep it on his schedule. It comes on the heels of a missed cut at the U.S. Open, when he was 10 over through 11 holes and never got on track. McIlroy views that result as more of an aberration during a season in which he has had plenty of chances to contend on the weekend.

“I didn’t necessarily play that badly last week. I feel like if I play similarly this week, I might have a good chance to win,” McIlroy said. “I think when you play in conditions like that, it magnifies parts of your game that maybe don’t stack up quite as good as the rest of your game, and it magnified a couple of things for me that I worked on over the weekend.”