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Vegas qualifier site receives scrutiny from players

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MOBILE, AL - NOVEMBER 10: Ben Barry of Tuscaloosa carries a stuffed Pink Panther on his shoulders as he follows Paula Creamer through her third round play in The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions at Magnolia Grove Golf Course on November 10, 2007 in Mobile, Alabama. Creamer is nicknamed the Pink Panther. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)  - 

As the final few spots were determined for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the venue used by the PGA Tour for Monday's open qualifier came under fire from several participants.

A field of 98 players teed it up Monday at Coyote Springs Golf Club, a course about an hour north of this week's tournament site, TPC Summerlin, with four berths in the 132-man field on the line. Having missed out on one of the coveted spots after carding an even-par 72, Jamie Lovemark tweeted a picture that indicated the course was not exactly in top condition for Monday's event:

Kyle Thompson, who matched Lovemark's 72, echoed his sentiments:

Former PGA Tour winner Joe Ogilvie also chimed in with his criticism of the venue after his 3-under 69 left him two shots out of a playoff for the final spots.

Chad Collins and Tim Wilkinson shared medalist honors Monday, each carding a 6-under 66 to earn a spot in this week's field. Five players tied for third after rounds of 5-under 67, with Kyle Reifers and Chris Smith earning the final two berths in a playoff over Kevin Tway, Bobby Gates and Doug LaBelle II.