Tiger Woods will not compete in next week's AT&T National due to a strain in his left elbow.
In a statement on his website, Woods said, "I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain. I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I'll be ready to go for the British Open, and I'm looking forward to playing at Muirfield. I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C., area. The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It's especially difficult not defending at my own tournament. It's going to be a great event, and I look forward to being there to provide my support." Woods was clearly in some pain at Merion last week. He admitted that he's been dealing with discomfort since THE PLAYERS, which he won. Look for him to return to competition at The Open Championship on July 18-21.
In a long-read update at PGATOUR.com, Jarrod Lyle has circled the middle of next year to return to competition.
While the Aussie has beaten acute myeloid leukemia a second time, life as a touring professional just doesn't pick up where it left off. "It'd be different if I was just coming back from a torn hamstring or something like that," he said. "But it's not, and there is still a lot of unknown about things like how much flying I'll be able to do and until all the questions like that are crossed off I don't know when exactly I'll be back. It's a matter of getting all the way healthy and staying healthy and making sure that this horrible disease doesn't come back again." Whenever he returns, he'll be equipped with 20 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $285,825 and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Frank Lickliter II turned in a 3-under-par 32-35=67 at Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, good for a share of medalist honors in today's open qualifier for the Travelers Championship.
The two-time PGA TOUR winner circled four birdies against one bogey, as did Jay McLuen, who also posted 3-under 32-35=67. Former TOUR members Fran Quinn (bogey-free, 35-33=68; 2 birdies) and David Branshaw (36-32=68; 1 eagle [on the par-4 second hole], 2 birdies, 2 bogeys) secured the other two berths into the tournament proper. The field at TPC River Highlands is now complete at 156.
Scott Parel broke through to win his first Web.com Tour event at the Air Capital Classic with a 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round.
The 48-year-old veteran was making his 171st start on the Web.com Tour, and his 18-under 69-66-67-64=266 easily placed him three clear of Alex Aragon. Parel circled six birdies and one eagle to just one bogey in his final lap around Crestview CC. The eagle came at the par-5 14th, where he also recorded an eagle in the third round. Ball-striking was the key to his week, finishing fifth in both driving accuracy and GIR. With this victory, he moves to 14th on the money list and ensures a spot in the four-tournament playoff for a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card. He is well positioned to finish his season inside the top 25 of the money list, which would also result in a TOUR card.
With a par on the first hole of sudden death at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open in St. Omer, France, Simon Thornton defeated Tjaart van der Walt to secure his first victory on the European Tour.
Although he shared leads along the way, van der Walt was bidding for a wire-to-wire title. Thornton was one of three 54-hole leaders -- Baptiste Chapellan was the third -- before he and van der Walt closed with 1-under-par 70s to post 5-under 279 and force the playoff at Aa St. Omer Golf Club. In the head-to-head conclusion, the Irishman two-putted for a standard-issue par at the par-4 18th while South Africa's van der Walt found a greenside bunker out of which he failed to get up and down. (Chapellan faded to a T15 with a 77.) Thornton entered the week slotted 753rd in the Official World Golf Ranking. Today's breakthrough could bump him inside the top 300.
Joe Ogilvie arrived at the halfway point of the U.S. Open in 16-over-par 75-81=156 and will miss the cut.
Ogilvie hit only 19 greens in regulation, yet needed a whopping 69 putts to loop Merion Golf Club twice this week. He wiped off four birdies with 12 bogeys, one double and two triples. Since this was the last start on his Major Medical Extension, he will be demoted to the Past Champion category for the remainder of the season. For the record, he fell $462,191 short of meeting the terms of MME. Ogilvie also came up short of securing conditional status as a secondary goal by $288,976.
Justin Rose survived a grueling day at Merion Golf Club, grinding out an even-par 70 in the final round to make the U.S. Open his first triumph in a major championship.
His round offered plenty of drama, circling five birdies and squaring five bogeys to just eight pars. His final birdie came at the par-3 13th, and he would hold on down the stretch with bogeys at 14 and 16 to go with pars at 15, 17 and 18. He was inches away from becoming the only man to birdie the 18th hole all weekend with a precise chip, but the tap-in par proved enough, as his 1-over 281 held up. Rose looked to the sky and fought back tears rather unsuccessfully as his thoughts wandered. He joins a large group of first-time major champions over the last several years, the most recent of which being Adam Scott at the Masters two months ago. Rose is the fifth consecutive first-time winner at the U.S. Open. He's also the first Englishman since Tony Jacklin at Hazeltine in 1970 to win this tournament.