UPDATE (5:45 p.m. ET): The official Valspar Championship field has been released, and Randolph is on it!
In the 144-player field, he’s now listed at the No. 143 spot. That means he’s the penultimate player in the field. What was the change? Obviously two players had to back out between when Randolph took that photo that he posted on Twitter and the field list being released for him to move from first alternate (spot No. 145) to No. 143.
Here are the players who were on the commitment list as of March 1 who aren’t listed in the field: Hideki Matsuyama, Morgan Hoffmann, Patton Kizzire, J.J. Spaun, Chris Stroud.
Kizzire seemed to point out he was one of those players to back out in the helpful timeframe for Randolph.
So two of those players (with Kizzire likely one of them) must have backed out between the time of Randolph’s photo and the field being released. Or maybe it was three but another player higher in priority committed late and snuck ahead of Randolph. Whatever the case, it seems these WDs led to a plus-two jump for Randolph to get in the field.
But with Randolph moving up, a new victim emerges … Seamus Power occupies the first alternate spot (for now). If not for Woods, Power would be in the field currently.
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ORIGINAL STORY: The golf world is certainly buzzing after Tiger Woods announced his commitment to play the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
But there is at least one victim in the process.
Jonathan Randolph is in his third full PGA Tour season and posted a solo third amongst his five made cuts in 10 starts in 2017-18. He’s currently 128th in the FedEx Cup standings.
It appears he might have had another start lined up at the Valspar Championship. But as the 29-year-old humorously noted on Twitter, Woods’ commitment has killed those hopes for now, and Randolph is totally cool with that.
The Valspar is a regular full-field event that is selected via PGA Tour priority rankings.
Lindheim, Garnett and Ancer are right above Randolph in the PGA Tour priority rankings in the Web.com Tour grads category after the latest reshuffle. Ancer now appears to be the final man in the Valspar field.
Thus, Randolph seems to be a first alternate due to the recent commitment of Woods – who is much higher in the priority rankings and thus knocked Randolph down one spot from final man in the field. Any hard feelings? Absolutely not. No shame in being knocked out by a guy with 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins.
But alternates sometimes get in. So don’t give up hope, Jonathan!
Maybe Tiger committing to a busy schedule means Randolph took a short-term hit, but there’s still time for the 29-year-old to end up in the field anyway.