MIDLAND, Texas – Defending champion Danny Lee shot 7-under 65 to take the lead Saturday at the Web.com Tour's WNB Golf Classic at Midland Country Club.
Lee, who is looking to become the first player to defend a tournament title on the Web.com Tour, is 16 under for the tournament and leads Cameron Percy and Morgan Hoffmann by two shots.
Jamie Lovemark is fourth at 12 under, and Luke Guthrie, Aaron Goldberg and Justin Hicks are T-5 at 11 under.
MIDLAND, Texas – Morgan Hoffmann, a former All-American at Oklahoma State who shot 9-under 62 in his Monday qualifier, leads after two rounds of the Web.com Tour's WNB Golf Classic at Midland Country Club.
Hoffmann, who won the 2009 Phil Mickelson Award as the country's top freshman, carded an 8-under 64 on Friday to enter the weekend with a three-shot lead over Jamie Lovemark and defending champion Danny Lee. He's at 12 under for the tournament, which is the fourth this season in which he's earned a spot via a Monday qualifier.
Lovemark fired a 3-under 69 while Lee was one off the course record with a 9-under 63. Craig Bowden, who shot 7-under 65, and Cameron Percy sit at 8 under.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced three of the four sites that will host the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals in 2013 on Tuesday.
The finals will determine half of the 50 players to graduate to the PGA Tour in the 2013-14 season (that season will start in fall 2013 with the Tour's new scheduling).
The Web.com Tour Finals will be played at:
• Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
• Chiquita Classic at The Club at Longview in Weddington, N.C. (Sept. 2-8)
• Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at Ohio State University Golf Club/Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
• The fourth site will be determined in the coming weeks.
According to the press release from the PGA Tour, eligibility for the finals will be determined with the following:
• The top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list at the conclusion of the regular season.
• Players who finish 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points list at the conclusion of the PGA Tour’s regular season.
• Non-members who have earned enough FedEx Cup points based on their performance on the PGA Tour to place them 126-200 on that ...
Luke Guthrie clinched his 2013 PGA Tour card with his victory at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour. He won’t have to wait until January for his next PGA Tour start, though.
Guthrie has accepted a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Frys.com Open on Oct. 11-14 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., according to his agent. It will be Guthrie’s fourth PGA Tour start of the season. He earned $284,672 with a T-19 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, T-5 at the John Deere Classic and T-18 at the True South Classic.
Guthrie has finished in the top 20 in eight of nine starts on the Web.com and PGA tours since turning pro after this year’s NCAA Championship. He ranks fourth on the Web.com Tour’s money list, with $283,463 in earnings. Guthrie has finished in the top 10 in five of six Web.com Tour starts, and in the top 3 three times: winning Boise, losing a playoff to Ben Kohles at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational and tying for third at the Cox Classic.
Guthrie is one of several up-and-comers ...
BOISE, Idaho -- Luke Guthrie couldn't have scripted a better start to his professional career, with the former Illinois All-American picking up four top-10 finishes in five starts on the Web.com Tour.
Make that five. And he's now a champion too.
Guthrie picked up his first professional title on Sunday after an incredible weekend at the Albertsons Boise Open, firing a 9-under 62 on Saturday and posting a 6-under 65 on Sunday to clear Richard H. Lee by four shots and take home the $130,500 first-place check.
He also earned his PGA Tour card for 2013 with the victory.
Guthrie is now a contender for the season-long money title on the Web.com Tour, making $283,463 in only six starts on the tour. He's also made $284,672 in three starts on the PGA Tour.
Guthrie is also working toward his degree at Illinois, staying with his brother Zach when he has to be in town for class.
Oregon coach Casey Martin - who missed the U.S. Open cut by a single shot in June - made the cut and finished 15 shots behind Guthrie.
Three players opened the Web.com Tour’s Albertson’s Boise Open with 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a share of the first-round lead. Michal Putnam, Andrew Svoboda and Tyrone Van Aswegen went low at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho, and share a one-shot lead.
All three players were bogey free for the day, and Van Aswegen and Svoboda made eagle at the par-5 second.
Glen Day and Jeff Gove are next on the leaderboard, followed by two more players – former Illinois standout Luke Guthrie and Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer – at 6-under 64.
Four more players are tied for eighth at 6-under 65.
This may be one of the most intriguing groups of the year on the Web.com Tour, even though there isn't a single tour member among the threesome.
Patrick Cantlay, Casey Martin and Jamie Sadlowski will tee off at 2:55 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club. Their second-round tee time is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.
Cantlay, who was the world's No. 1 amateur when he turned pro after this year's U.S. Open, Monday qualified for the event with a 63 at Banbury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho. Martin, the head men's coach at Oregon, and Sadlowski, a two-time Re/Max World Long Drive champion, received sponsor exemptions into the event.
Martin qualified for this year's U.S. Open, his first PGA Tour or Web.com Tour event since 2006, and missed the cut by one shot. Sadlowski also received an exemption into last year's Boise Open, shooting a second-round 66 to make the cut. He tied for 75th at 3-over 287.
Patrick Cantlay shot 8-under 63 Monday at BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, to qualify for the Web.com Tour's Albertsons Boise Open. Alex Coe (66), Scott Smith (67) and Boise State alum Tyler Aldridge (67) also earned spots for this week's event at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise.
The Boise Open, which has been conducted since the Web.com Tour's inaugural season of 1990, offers a $725,000 purse, the fourth-largest of the season.
Cantlay was the world's No. 1 amateur when he turned pro after this year's U.S. Open. He has made the cut in five of six PGA Tour events as a pro but hasn't finished better than 31st and has earned $92,683. Cantlay has one more sponsor exemption remaining: at the Frys.com Open on Oct. 11-14 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. PGA Tour nonmembers are limited to seven sponsor exemptions per season.
This is the second time Cantlay has Monday qualified this year. He also qualified for last month's Reno-Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour and finished 37th. He finished 31st in his last PGA Tour start, at the Wyndham Championship.
Cantlay is ...
David Lingmerth narrowly missed a PGA Tour card in his rookie season on the Web.com Tour. He has put himself in position to atone for that near-miss as the tour hits its homestretch.
Lingmerth bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 in the final round of last year’s season finale, the Web.com Tour Championship, and missed his PGA Tour card by one shot.
“I missed a couple shots coming in for whatever reason. It sucked a little bit. I’ll be all right,” Lingmerth said after the Tour Championship.
Things are all right, indeed.
A runner-up finish at this year’s United Leasing Championship has the 25-year-old at No. 25 on this year’s money list with seven events remaining. The top 25 at season’s end earn PGA Tour cards. The Web.com Tour is off this week.
Next week’s Albertsons Boise Open, a tour stop since the inaugural season of 1990, has a $725,000 purse, the fourth-largest of the season.
Lingmerth made an eleventh-hour rally in 2011 – finishing third in the season’s final two events – to nearly graduate in his first Web.com Tour season. His third-place finish at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open moved ...
Jeff Klauk will play next week’s Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour, his first start after brain surgery in April.
Klauk had the operation to pinpoint the source of his complex partial seizures. He elected not to have a second, more invasive, surgery to remove the part of his brain that is causing the epileptic seizures, though, and is using medication to treat his episodes.
The medications’ side effects – dizziness and blurry vision – have been an issue, he said. The Boise Open will be one of five allowed rehab starts under his medical extension.
“I’m still trying to figure out the side effects of the medicine,” Klauk said. “That’s the stuff I’m struggling with. I’m just going to see if I can play on it all. That’s why they have these rehab starts. We’re still experimenting with different doses to figure out how to feel my best.”
Jeff’s brother, John, will caddie for him next week. John Klauk, a former All-American at Texas, won the 2002 Western Amateur.
Jeff Klauk, 34, is hoping not to have a second brain surgery. The seizures were found to be coming from the front-left ...
Here are 5 Things you need to know from the Web.com Tour’s Mylan Classic, where rookie Robert Streb won his first Web.com Tour event:
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1. STREB EARNS TOUR CARD: Robert Streb shot a final-round 64 to win by four shots. He finished at 18-under 266 to better Gary Christian’s tournament scoring record by a stroke. The $108,000 check moved Streb from 23rd to 4th on the money list with seven events left on the schedule.
The 25-year-old became the 13th first-time winner, and sixth rookie winner, in 20 events this season. Streb was third this week in fairways hit (78.6 percent) and second in putts per round (27.0). “I’ve gone through spurts where I putted really well and spurts when I hit it really well but I kind of strung it together this week,” he said.
The win was Sreb’s fifth top-10 this season, and his third in his past four starts.
Streb, who played college golf at Kansas State also won the 2011 and 2009 Oklahoma Opens at his home course, Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. “This is awesome. I finally won somewhere other than my home course ...
Casey Martin is adding another professional start to his schedule. The Oregon men's golf coach and former PGA Tour player has accepted a sponsor exemption to compete in the Web.com Tour's Albertsons Boise Open on Sept. 13-16 at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.
Martin also has accepted an invitation to play the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. The Timberlake is scheduled for Oct. 4-7 at TPC Summerlin. Martin qualified for this year's U.S. Open and missed the cut by a shot after rounds of 74-75 at The Olympic Club.
The Open was Martin's first PGA Tour or Web.com Tour start since the 2006 Oregon Classic. He won the 1998 Lakeland Classic on the Web.com Tour, and played the PGA Tour in 2000. He has made 19 cuts in 42 career PGA Tour starts, and made 58 of 126 cuts on the Web.com Tour, including five top-3 finishes.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Darron Stiles won the News Sentinel Open on Sunday for his fifth career Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.
The 39-year-old Stiles finished at 18-under 266 at Fox Den and earned $90,000 to jump from 30th to eighth on the money list with $200,911. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
"This is the springboard for the rest of the year. Now that I got a win, I can get another one," said Stiles, the tour's career money leader. "It will free me up for the rest of the year. I can be more aggressive. I can get up to Pittsburgh and just go for it. Why not win two in a row?"
Stiles also won the event in 2002.
Scott Gardiner shot a 62 to tie for second with D.J. Brigman and Nicholas Thompson. Brigman closed with a 63, and Thompson had a 64.
John Daly shot a 67 to tie for sixth at 15 under.
Russell Henley is starting to show the form many expected of him. He’s in contention for a PGA Tour card after a slow start to his rookie Web.com Tour season.
Henley was 102nd on the tour’s money list in early July. He has had three top-10s in his past five starts – including a runner-up at the Midwest Classic – and now ranks 31st. The top 25 at season’s end earn PGA Tour cards. This week’s News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., is the 19th of 27 events on the tour’s schedule.
Henley has earned $107,809 in 18 starts this season. More than 80 percent of those earnings have come in his past five starts. Last week’s finish alone was worth $48,400. Ten of Henley’s past 12 rounds have been in the 60s.
Henley was just the second amateur to win on the Web.com Tour when he claimed last year’s Stadion Classic and represented the United States at the 2011 Walker Cup. This has been a good year for rookie pros with University of Georgia ties. Harris English, who also won as an amateur on last year’s Web.com ...
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Shawn Stefani won the Midwest Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke victory.
The 30-year-old former Lamar player finished at 17-under 267 on the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He earned $99,000 to jump from 54th to 12th on the money list with $166,715. The final top 25 on the money list will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
"The win hasn't really sunk in yet, but this is something you dream about as a kid," Stefani said. "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. When the year started I had a couple of goals. One was to win a tournament and the other was to finish in the top 25 and earn my PGA Tour card."
Stefani got a break on the final hole when his lob wedge flew over the flag, bounced off the mesh fencing at the base of the skyboxes and rolled back on the green, a mere 3 feet from the hole to set up a birdie.
"That ball at 18 could have kicked several ways, but it broke right for me," Stefani said. "When ...