Alternate Harman finally in Players after WD mess

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 10, 2012, 3:32 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Harman summed up his situation perfectly Thursday at The Players Championship saying, 'I thought I was in the field twice this week.'

Instead, he's wasn't in at all.

But two sources told that Harman will now be allowed to go out Thursday as a single participant in the first round of The Players. He will tee off at 12:20 p.m. ET before the afternoon wave.

'I'm ecstatic,' Harman said.

Hoggard: Tour makes the right call in allowing for Harman

PGA Tour's statement regarding the Harman-Points controversy

Harman's caddie taking the slow approach

Read carefully, because this situation got sticky for a moment.

Harman, a rookie left-hander, was the first alternate for The Players and thought he was in the field earlier this week when Fred Couples withdrew. But Couples earned an exemption as the Senior Players Championship and an alternate can not take that position, it just remains empty.

Then Thursday, in a perfect storm, D.A. Points withdrew at the last moment on the first tee because of a back injury and there was not enough time to find Harman, who had been at TPC Sawgrass on the practice range since 7 a.m. ET. So Robert Garrigus and Carl Pettersson – the remaining two players of Points' group – teed off for their 8:39 a.m. tee time.

Harman said he didn't blame Points for anything but originally called this a '$1.8 million mistake.'

'It's The Players Championship, you have to give it a go,' Harman said. 'I'd have to be in a wheelchair not to give it a go here.'

The PGA Tour contacted the U.S. Golf Association and the two discussed the episode.

A lot of scenarios were bandied about. Technically, Harman missed an available tee time and could've been disqualified. Or the PGA Tour could have found a way to get Harman into the field by splitting up a threesome in the afternoon into two twosomes – one of which could include Harman.

Instead, Harman will go off alone Thursday at 12:20 p.m. and compete in his first Players Championship.

Greg Owen has now moved into the first alternate position. Owen was in Orlando when he heard of the news and quickly jumped in his car to make the 2-hour drive to Sawgrass.

– Rex Hoggard contributed to this report

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:00 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity,, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.