Host Temple will lead a field of 17 teams participating in the Temple Invitational golf tournament to be held Saturday and Sunday at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley.
Owls sophomore Brandon Matthews won the individual championship last year, when the event was the Big Five Invitational. Matthews enjoyed a tremendous summer in 2013, winning player of the year honors in the Golf Association of Philadelphia, reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur and earning alternate status at the U.S. Open at Merion.
Big Five schools La Salle, Penn and St. Joseph’s also are entered in the 36-hole event.
The U.S. Golf Association filled out the field Monday for this week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by adding one fully exempt player and five alternates from last week’s sectional qualifying to complete the 156-player lineup.
PGA Tour player Kyle Stanley earned his exemption for being in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday. Stanley, 25, of Gig Harbor, Wash., saw Merion in 2005 when he competed in the U.S. Amateur. This will be his fourth appearance in the Open.
The USGA held six spots in the field for anyone who moved into the top 60 of the latest rankings. Since Stanley was the only player to get in, five alternates were added. They are:
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia is currently holding an online auction in conjunction with its fund-raising gala, featuring former president George W. Bush as honored guest, on June 15 at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill.
Bidding will continue right up until 5:30 p.m. on the day of the gala.
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The number of exempt players for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club has jumped to 95 with the release of Monday’s latest Official World Golf Rankings and the advancement of players through sectional qualifying in England and Japan.
Twenty-five players were added via the world rankings, which provide a full exemption for anyone ranked in the top 60 as of May 27. Another, Matteo Manassero, received an invitation based on his win Sunday in the BMW PGA Championship in England.
In addition, 12 players, led by Simon Kahn, who lost in a playoff to Manassero at the BMW PGA, advanced Monday in a 36-hole qualifier in Walton Heath, England, and five more moved into the Open in a qualifier at Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
The Inquirer's Joe Juliano takes you around famed Merion Golf Club as preparations are underway for this summer's U.S. Open.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang, the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters, was in danger of missing the 36-hole cut Friday after being assessed a 1-stroke penalty for slow play.
Guan, of China, finished with a 3-over-par 75 in the second round, giving him a two-day score of 4-over 148. When he finished, he stood in a tie for 62nd place; the Masters allows the low 50 players and ties plus anyone within 10 strokes of the lead to continue to the weekend.
Guan received a warning for slow play at No. 12. After he finished play at 17 with a par, a rules official walked up to him and told him he was being penalized one stroke for being out of position, giving him a bogey on the hole.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Billy Payne, the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, announced changes Wednesday concerning the 36-hole cut for the Masters and eligibility criteria for the tournament. He steered clear of taking a position on whether anchored putting should be banned.
At his annual press conference, Payne said the 36-hole cut had been expanded from the low 44 players to the low 50. Anyone within 10 strokes of the leader would continue to be included.
Payne said every player who wins a PGA Tour event that offers full FedExCup points will continue to receive an invitation to play in the Masters. This year, that will include tour events in the fall that previously had not offered full points – nor a free pass to Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fifty years after the first of his six Masters Championships, Jack Nicklaus arrived Tuesday at Augusta National Golf Club and said he still felt that Tiger Woods would break his record of 18 career major championships.
Nicklaus, 73, came to town to attend Tuesday night’s Champions Dinner, and to hit the ceremonial first tee shot to start the tournament on Thursday with Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.
Nicklaus said this is an important Masters for Woods, who is seeking to win here for the first time since 2005, given the fact that he’s already won three times this year.