Last-minute entrants excelling early at PGA

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano


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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Three players who earned 11th-hour invitations to the PGA Championship made the most of their opportunity in Round 1.

The PGA, in an effort to attract the strongest field of the four majors, traditionally gives exemptions to players in the top 100 who are not already exempt.

Last week, they also invited three players ranked outside the top 100 – Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh, England’s Simon Khan and Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Wise move.

The 19-year-old Noh, who’s not included often enough in the discussion of good young players, shot 68. Fernandez-Castano shot 70 (and birdied the first two holes of his second round), and Khan shot 69.

Those three players were among the final three added to the field. They were invited Aug. 2, just 10 days before the first round.

“I have come here as an invitee and I want to play as well as I can,” Noh said.

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