Tag Archives: Special Temporary Membership

Mar
17
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
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The Course Whisperer

Early in the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship, there was at one point a six-way tie at the top. Best guess was one of those guys would emerge with the trophy. And that’s not counting defending champion and the highest ranked player in the field, world no. 3, Luke Donald, who was lurking just behind the pack, which included Boo Weekley, Justin Leonard, Greg Chalmers, George Coetzee and Kevin Streelman.

As it happened, Streelman — whose previous most notable title heading into the week was something called the Kodak Challenge — emerged from the bunch and separated himself when he hit “probably the best shot of my life in that situation,” knocking a five-iron to six feet on No. 13. He rolled in the putt for birdie and never looked back and clinched it on the penultimate hole.

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Mar
19
2012

Ryo (hopefully) coming to America

Ryo Ishikawa has officially taken up Special Temporary Membership for the rest of the 2012 season, according to the PGA Tour. As we mentioned last week, Ryo and his manager Mr. Itaya conveyed that they had already started the process and filed the paperwork, but that may have been lost in translation.

During the Transitions Championship, Ryo told me it was a “dream come true” to be in solid position to lock up his Tour card for the following season:

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Mar
14
2012

Japan's super star plans to spend more time in the U.S. next year

 

If all goes as planned, Ryo Ishikawa will take up full membership on the PGA Tour in 2013, which he called “one of the goals for the year” on Tuesday at this week’s Transitions Championship.

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Oct
14
2011

Canadian upstart Adam Hadwin, aka Vinny Chase, doesn't have an entourage...yet.

On Wednesday evening I chatted with Canadian Tour player Adam Hadwin, who is trying to earn his PGA Tour card and playing in this week’s McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.

Just for some background — Hadwin is in a unique position to potentially bypass PGA Tour Q-School (similar to Bud Cauley’s situation, but Hadwin has had fewer starts so he has a little more work cut out for him). The 23-year-old Canadian has made four cuts in four starts on Tour in 2011, including two top 10s — T4 at the RBC Canadian Open and T7 at last week’s Frys.com Open, which gained him a spot in the McGladrey (by finishing in the top ten, a player automatically gets a spot in the next event).

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