John Deere Classic will feature eight golfers with ties to Augusta

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 6:48 PM
Last updated 8:56 PM
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 Augusta fans will get a chance to see more than one familiar face in this week’s John Deere Classic.

Patrick Reed, who played on two NCAA title teams at   Augusta State, has Monday qualified four times in 2012. He's one of eight area players in this week's PGA event.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Patrick Reed, who played on two NCAA title teams at Augusta State, has Monday qualified four times in 2012. He's one of eight area players in this week's PGA event.

There will be eight golfers with connections to the area that will tee it up in Silvis, Ill.

Blake Adams, Scott Brown, Will Claxton, Brian Gay, Charles Howell, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed and Vaughn Taylor are in the field.

Reed, a former standout on Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 national championship teams, has made four of six cuts this year.

Reed has Monday qualified in four events, which usually has more than 100 players competing for four spots.

According to a John Deere Classic press release, Reed was planning to Monday-qualify again but tournament director Clair Peterson reached out and provided a sponsor’s exemption.

O’MEARA WITHDRAWS: For­mer champion Mark O’Meara has withdrawn from the British Open next week because of an injury.

The Royal & Ancient did not disclose the nature of the injury.

O’Meara, 54, won in 1998 at Royal Birkdale at age 40, making him the oldest player to win two majors in one year. He had won the Masters Tournament that April.

O’Meara was not replaced in the field because the Open already is above the 156-man limit.

EVENT CANCELED: The Madrid Open has been removed from the European Tour’s calendar because of a lack of funding.

Tournament spokeswoman Maria Acacia Lopez-Bachiller told The Associated Press that no sponsors for the Sept. 20-23 event were found to replace Bankia, the bailed-out Spanish bank that sponsored the tournament.

The Castellon Masters is another Spanish tournament that has been removed from this year’s schedule.

PGA CARDS: The top 25 players from the Web.com Tour are assured of getting PGA Tour cards under a new system announced Tuesday that does away with Q-school being a direct path to the big leagues.

More than six months of discussions ended with what the tour felt was the most simple plan for awarding PGA Tour cards.

Starting in September 2013, the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour and the top 75 players who do not qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs – those who are No. 126 through No. 200 in the FedEx Cup standings – will compete in three $1 million tournaments known as “The Finals.”

All players in the Finals will start from scratch, and 50 cards will be awarded based on that money list.

However, the top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season already will be assured of getting PGA cards, even if they fall out of the top 50 on the Finals money list. They would play only for position going into the 2013-14 season, which would start in October.

The player who leads the Web.com Tour money list in the regular season, and the player who wins the Finals money list, will be exempt into The Players Championship and have the same status as a PGA Tour player who kept his card the previous year.


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