There are many ways to qualify — excuse me, receive an invitation to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National to play in the Masters Tournament every April. Well, actually, there are 19 different ways, one of which is to finish in the top 50 in the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year.
Well, finally, there are no more golf tournaments with world ranking points this year — that list was published on Monday, and 14 players were added to the 2014 Masters field.
It’s almost that time again — you know, at the Tour Championship, when you see GC’s Steve Sands furiously scribbling on a whiteboard trying to explain the FedExCup points system and which players have a “mathematical” shot at winning the whole thing and the wheelbarrow of cash.
Heading into the third leg of the FEC Playoffs, the BMW Championship, there are some marquee players outside the top 30 — like Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and more — that need to play well to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship, which isn’t just a chance to win $10-plus million, but it also means an invitation to the Masters and automatic berths in the Opens and most of the World Golf Championships.
Adam Scott watched his birdie putt on 18 just slide past the hole and leaned over his long putter with a slightly disappointed smile, thinking he needed it for a chance to at least get into a playoff. He tapped in for his bogey-free, six-under 66, 11-under total, which at the time put him in a four-way tie at the top — but the leaders were just coming down the stretch, with a number of chances to make birdie and best Scott’s effort.
Due to Thursday’s weather delays, 63 players returned on Friday morning to finish the first round and then going on to play their second. The other half of the field that finished the first round Thursday and then teed off late on Friday will return on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds. Yeah, it’s a bit of a cluster, but good news is the weather was beautiful today and the forecast calls for nothing but more sunshine over the weekend.
In this hilarious and clever “This is SportsCenter” commercial, ESPN’s John Andersen may have finally figured out why Rickie Fowler wears so many vibrant-colored outfits: He’s color-blind!
Phil looked ready to end a career of US Open heartbreak, but the leaderboard was crowded with big names desperate to spoil his Father’s Day party. Relive the final round with our blow-by-blow account.
Mother Nature cut Merion a bit of a break. Considering predictions for doomsday storms on Thursday, the two weather delays — which wiped out most of the morning — were mild. No doubt it was wet, muddy and slushy, but the entire first round of the U.S. Open wasn’t a washout as the forecast called for the night before.
The morning wave finished easily, with father-of-the-year Phil Mickelson shooting a solid three-under 67 to take the early clubhouse lead.
Everybody’s talking about the damaged greens at the usually pristine Quail Hollow Club. It’s only Wednesday and the state of the greens is the most popular topic of the tournament. Just walk out to the putting green — quite a few of the players will tell you that it’s the best one on the course. They’re half-joking, but there’s some truth to it. Which is a shame for the well-run tournament that’s a favorite among players, caddies and the media.