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2017 Qualifiers

JASON DUFNER

Third Appearance (Best Finish: 5th, 2014)
Qualifying win: CareerBuilder Challenge

ROD PAMPLING

Third Appearance (Best Finish: T19, 2005)

Qualifying win: Shriners Hospital for Children’s Open

CHARL SCHWARTZEL

First Appearance

Qualifying win: Valspar Championship

BRENDAN STEELE

Second Appearance (Best Finish: 25th, 2012)

Qualifying win: Safeway Open

BRIAN STUARD

First Appearance

Qualifying win: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

 

BUBBA WATSON

Sixth Appearance (Best Finish: T4, 2013)

Qualifying win: Genesis Open (Formerly Northern Trust Open)

The official grip of The Golf Ball Guy.

FABIAN GOMEZ

Second Appearance (Best Finish: T6, 2016)

Qualifying win: Sony Open in Hawaii

 

BRANDEN GRACE

First Appearance

Qualifying win: RBC Heritage

 

CODY GRIBBLE

First Appearance

Qualifying win: Sanderson Farms Championship

 

JAMES HAHN

Second Appearance (Best Finish: T31, 2016)

Qualifying win: Wells Fargo Championship

 

WILLIAM MCGIRT

First Appearance

Qualifying win: the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

DUSTIN JOHNSON

Seventh Appearance (Best Finish: Win, 2013)

Qualifying wins: 3

 

GREG CHALMERS

First Appearance

Qualifying win: Barracuda Championship

 

TONY FINAU

First Appearance

Qualifying win: Puerto Rico Open

 

AARON BADDELEY

Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: T12, 2008)

Qualifying Win: Barbasol Championship

 

JIM HERMAN

First Appearance

Qualifying win: Shell Houston Open

 

CHARLEY HOFFMAN

Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: T14, 2015)

Qualifying win: Valero Texas Open

 

JASON DAY

Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: T3, 2015)

Qualifying Wins: 3

 

RUSSELL KNOX

Second Appearance (Best Finish: 27, 2016)

Qualifying win: Travelers Championship

 

The official grip of The Golf Ball Guy.

JHONATTAN VEGAS

Second Appearance (Best Finish: 27, 2012)

Qualifying win: RBC Canadian Open

 

PAT PEREZ

Second Appearance (Best Finish: T10, 2010)

Qualifying win: OHL Classic at Mayakoba

 

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA

Second Appearance (Best Finish: T3, 2015)

Qualifying Win: Waste Management Phoenix Open & WGC-HSBC Champions

 

SI WOO KIM

First Appearance

Qualifying Win: Wyndham Championship

 

BILLY HURLEY III

First Appearance

Qualifying Win: Quicken Loans National

 

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Third Appearance (Best Finish: T4, 2006)

Qualifying Win: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM

 

PATRICK REED

Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: Win, 2015)

Qualifying win: The Northern Trust

 

JIMMY WALKER

Fourth Appearance (Best Finish: 2, 2015)

Qualifying win: PGA Championship

 

BRANDT SNEDEKER

Fifth Appearance (Best Finish: T3, 2016; 3, 2013)

Qualifying win: Farmers Insurance Open

 

RYAN MOORE

Fifth Appearance (Best Finish: T6, 2010)

Qualifying win: John Deere Classic

PGA TOUR

USGA New Local Rule

Posted: 08 Dec 2016 10:59 AM PST

The following is the USGA news release.
FAR HILLS, N.J. (Dec. 8, 2016) – The USGA and The R&A today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green. The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting Jan. 1, 2017. It will be adopted by the USGA and The R&A in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches.
“Eliminating this penalty responds to the concerns we have heard from both golfers and committees about the difficulties in applying the current Rules when a player accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, said. “This change is a good example of the type of Rules Modernization changes we hope to implement after completing our fundamental review of all of the Rules. We are looking for ways to improve the Rules by making them easier to understand and apply.”

David Rickman, executive director – Governance at The R&A, said, “For the past several years, as part of The R&A and USGA’s Rules Modernization initiative, we have considered the penalty for a ball that is accidentally moved on the putting green. Both Rules Committees agreed that it needed to be changed and decided that in this particular case it was important to act now, through a Local Rule, rather than wait for the next overall set of revisions to the Rules of Golf.”
The Local Rule has been welcomed by all of the major tours worldwide, and the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America and the Masters Tournament are among the golf organizations that will implement the Local Rule for all future events, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
If a committee wishes to introduce this Local Rule, the following wording is recommended:
“Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment,
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

For more information about the new Local Rule, including explanatory diagrams, videos and a detailed question-and-answer document, please visit www.usga.org/2017localrule.