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Scottie Scheffler wasn’t on pace to be in jeopardy of not having fully exempt status in 2028, but it’s no longer a concern after his victory at the WM Phoenix Open on Sunday. The 2022 Masters champion is exempt into THE PLAYERS Championship and all majors for years, so his successful title defense of his breakthrough title on the PGA TOUR didn’t yield anything new in the short-term. Other than a $3.6-million payday in the second designated event of the season and a return to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking ... breath ... the only benefit he gained was an additional season at the end of his multi-year membership exemption. At the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, because of his win at the Masters, it had extended the maximum five seasons through 2027. The 26-year-old now is fully exempt as a winner through his age-32 season. Only Scheffler doing big things could bump the lede entering the weekend. The USGA recently released the list of all exempt players into the U.S. Open as well as new qualifying criteria into the major. Exemptions for all currently qualified are noted in the alphabetical list below. In addition to REMAINING QUALIFYING CRITERIA at the bottom, new exemptions for the golfers on the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour are specified. The NCAA Division 1 individual champion also will earn a spot in the field of 156 for the first time. Qualifying criteria for the PGA Championship and The Open Championship remain TBD.


TPC = THE PLAYERS Championship

MAS = Masters

PGA = PGA Championship

US = U.S. Open

OPEN = The Open Championship


Recent AdditionsTPC -- none MAS -- none PGA -- none US -- (all currently exempt have been added below) OPEN -- none


Criteria are listed in chronological order where possible. Best estimates are given but all are subject to change.

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP (TPC) @ TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) – March 9-12• Winners of PGA TOUR events thru the final week before THE PLAYERS. • Top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of The Honda Classic (Feb. 26). • Top 50 of Official World Golf Ranking (Feb. 27). • If necessary to complete the field of 144, golfers outside the Top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of the Honda Classic on Feb. 26 will gain entry in order of position.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (PGA) @ Oak Hill Country Club – May 18-21• TBD

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) @ Royal Liverpool – July 20-23• TBD (planned to be released in February)


Source: pgatour.com


Source: pgatour.com

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Tiger Woods’ 67 in the third round of his Genesis Invitational was the lowest score of his latest comeback and sent a promising message about the stamina of a player who struggled to play past the halfway point of tournaments last year.

Woods’ third round at The Riviera Country Club vaulted him from the cut line to the cusp of the top 25. He sits T26 at 3-under 210 (69-74-67) with one round remaining in the tournament he hosts.

The ability of Woods’ body to endure 72 holes of competition was again in question after Friday’s 74, which included bogeys on three of his final four holes. He barely squeaked into the weekend, making the cut on the number, but rebounded Saturday with three birdies and an eagle. His 67 on Saturday was the third-lowest score of the day. While the violence of a full swing would seem to be more traumatic for his surgically-repaired body, it is the gentle motion of the putting stroke that has caused him the most trouble this week.

“I felt like I made some nice adjustments with my putting and that was the thing that held make back yesterday,” Woods said. “Just wish I could have putted a little bit better yesterday. I made a few adjustments today and some of the putts went in.”

Woods gained more than a stroke on the greens Saturday after losing nearly two a day earlier. He has missed seven putts inside 10 feet this week, with five of those misses coming Friday.

“I've always been a person who likes to hook my putts,” Woods said, “so I just tried to feel like I went back to releasing the putter blade more, more right hand, more release. I just hate that blocky feeling which I had yesterday, which I can't stand. So I go back to hooking my putts and it felt like my normal stroke, which was good.”

Last year, Woods didn’t appear to have the energy to compete past the opening two rounds of a tournament. He posted a pair of 78s on the weekend of last year’s Masters after shooting 71-74 in the first two rounds to sit just two shots outside the top 10. After a second-round 69 to make the cut at the PGA Championship, Woods withdrew following a 79 on Saturday at Southern Hills. He didn’t have a chance to play the weekend at The Open Championship after rounds of 78 and 75. Walking is still difficult for Woods, especially after his bout of plantar fasciitis, so it would make sense that Woods’ scores increased as his step count went up. He has countered that trend this week, though being on his feet for more than four hours and walking four miles remains a challenge.

“It's just a matter of whether I can get from point A to point B,” Woods said Saturday. “That's been the struggle part of it. I can hit shots, I can hit balls on the range, I can chip, I can putt. It's just getting from point A to point B has been the biggest challenge.”

The Open was his last official competition before this week. He will always limp between shots and occasionally use a club as a cane, but he said increased abdominal strength has allowed him to generate clubhead speed now that he no longer can use his legs. He is averaging more than 300 yards off the tee while relying on a low cut shot with his driver. The iron play that has always been a hallmark of his game is still a strength.

“His game was really solid. I was quite impressed,” said playing partner Matthias Schwab. “He didn't really hit any bad shots except for maybe on 6, the par 3.”

On the West Coast, players are grouped in threesomes even after the cut and tee off on both 1 and 10. Woods began Saturday’s round with Schwab and Christiaan Bezuidenhout on the 10th tee at 10:12 a.m., just a half-hour before the leaders teed off on No. 1. Because Riviera, which was built at the bottom of a canyon, is one of the tightest pieces of property on TOUR, Woods’ location was easy to discern at all times. Max Homa, who started the day with a one-shot lead, was standing over a birdie putt on the third hole when a loud roar went up about 150 yards away. Woods had made a 25-footer for birdie on the 14th hole. Homa responded by making his own 20-footer.

“It's cool, it's awesome seeing him out here,” said Max Homa, who is in second place after starting the day with a one-shot lead. “I can't believe how well he's playing and how hard he's hitting it. Tiger's Tiger, man. It's just one of those -- he's just a living legend and it's amazing. It's cool to see all the type. He had way more people than we did for a while today, which is pretty awesome.”

Woods began his round by making a 16-footer for birdie on the 10th hole and made the turn in 2 under after that birdie at 14. After climbing the steep hill behind the 18th green, Woods’ round resumed on Riviera’s elevated first tee, which sits 75 feet above the fairway. He hit a 316-yard tee shot into the right rough, then hit his 190-yard approach shot to 3 feet to set up an eagle. It was his first eagle on TOUR since the final round of this event three years ago. He reached 5 under par for the round after holing a 12-foot birdie putt but finished his round with three pars and a bogey at the seventh.

Woods was visibly limping after his post-round interviews. How his body will hold up for another round remains to be seen. But there have been enough promising signs for him to not rule out another start before Augusta National. Woods described himself as “on the sore side” and wanted to see how long it took him to recover from this week before making any decisions.

“We'll go ahead and reassess everything and see where we are, see how I recover from a full tournament,” he said. “I haven't done this in a while. The last time I did it was at The Open Championship, so it's been a while. Hopefully the body will still feel good sometime later next week. As of right now, recovery time will be fun.”

Source: pgatour.com

Source: pgatour.com

When you’re building your wedding vendor team, you (hopefully) already know that searching vendor directoriesreading online reviews, checking pricing and availability, and interviewing your favorites are crucial steps. But, if you’re interested in doing a little extra research, there are a few other things you can do to learn more about wedding vendors near you before even reaching out to them directly. These steps aren’t as important as ensuring your vendors are within budget and have good references, but they may be helpful if you’re deciding between two vendors or having trouble narrowing down the list of amazing wedding pros in your area. Check out these seven little things that will help you learn more about wedding vendors near you. 

Social Media 

If you’re in the process of researching wedding vendors near you, it’s a good idea to check them out on social media. Not only will you be able to see more of a wedding pro’s work (a particularly good idea if you’re hiring a vendor creating a physical product, like a florist or cake baker), you’ll be able to get a sense of their personality and work style. And also, a wedding vendor’s website or WeddingWire Storefront might not feature as up-to-date photos as their social media—so you know you’re getting an idea of their most current work or images on their Instagram. 


Fact: A wedding vendor can be totally amazing without winning awards. But recognition like WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards, show that a pro has a good reputation in the industry—a helpful piece of information as you’re researching vendors. The Couples’ Choice Awards, in particular, honor pros who display top quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism based on reviews from couples. Whether or not a wedding vendor has won awards shouldn’t be the deciding factor in hiring them, but can be helpful information as you narrow down the list of pros in your area. 

Real Weddings 

You’ve probably seen real wedding features on websites or in magazines before—beautiful photos of nuptials with stunning and unique details. Real weddings are a great way for pros to show off their best work, and they’re a nice way for you to see wedding vendors near you in action. And on WeddingWire, you can simply check out a wedding pro’s Storefront to see if they’ve been featured in a real wedding. While a wedding vendor doesn’t have to have been featured in a real wedding to be ideal for your big day, it’s another detail to help you make your decision. 

Other Editorial Features

Doing a simple Google search of your wedding vendor’s name and/or company name may turn up some interesting info. Perhaps the pro you’re researching has been quoted as an expert in local, or even national, news articles about the industry—maybe talking about trends they’re seeing or sharing their expertise. The fact that a wedding vendor has been quoted in the news means that they’re seen as an industry expert—a good thing to know as you’re building your vendor team. 

Vendor Connections

If a wedding vendor has been in the industry for a while, he or she probably has a group of fellow pros they often work with and maybe even socialize with outside of work. By viewing a wedding vendor’s social media accounts and real wedding features, you can get a sense of the other pros the vendor works with often. Are these other pros well-regarded in your area? Might they be people you’d want to work with, too? Knowing that a wedding vendor is well-liked and highly-regarded by other pros can say a lot about their personality and work ethic. On WeddingWire, you can check out a vendor’s professional network and endorsements right on their Storefront to get a sense of who’s in their crew and their experiences working together. 

Industry Organizations and Events

It’s nice to know if a vendor is active in the wedding industry, whether that means belonging to local or national organizations, attending educational conferences, or frequenting networking events. Not only does this mean that a pro is well-connected, but they’re also interested in staying up-to-date on what’s going on in their field and learning from others. 

Wedding Forums

It’s always a good idea to get references for a vendor you’re considering, whether that means reading online reviews or asking the vendor to provide contact information for past clients. Another way to find out more about wedding vendors near you is to take a look at the local groups in the WeddingWire Forums, where you can discuss local vendors with other engaged and recently-married couples in your area.


Source: weddingwire.com

1. Netflix released its trailer for its much-anticipated PGA Tour docuseries, modeled after the popular F1 Drive to Survive. It will also apparently feature Rory McIlroy, which wasn’t known until the trailer came out. Dubbed Full Swing, it premieres Feb. 15. What are you most looking forward to seeing in this docuseries, and do you think it will succeed in attracting the non-golfer or viewer who doesn’t watch pro golf already?


A screenshot of Ian Poulter from the trailer for Netflix's PGA Tour docuseries, "Full Swing."

Ryan Barath, Senior Equipment Editor (@RDSBarathAs a hardcore golf fan, I’m excited to get more of an inside look at professional golfers, their views on the state of the tour as a whole, and in general, a behind-the-curtain look at the majors. 

The issue that this show will create for new fans is an old one: how golf is presented on TV. Between TV windows and how some golfers are playing, no matter how many people love seeing Joel Dahmen at the Waste Management, trying to see him on a normal broadcast is next to impossible. This is where F1 still has a big advantage, since every race is every driver, though with the new designated events, I guess that’s what the Tour is trying to accomplish. 

Zephyr Melton, assistant editor (@zephyrmelton): I’m most excited to see my coworkers’ cameos! A handful of GOLF staffers were mic’d up at various events last year, and I’m stoked to see how they’re featured in the show. As far as attracting non-golfers, I’m sure the LIV-PGA Tour rivalry should be an intriguing storyline. Drama sells, and there was nothing more dramatic in pro golf last season than the Saudi saga.

Jack Hirsh, Assistant Editor (@JR_HIRSHey): I’ve polled some of my friends who are either just getting into golf or not into golf, and most are at least intrigued. I haven’t gotten to watch the F1 series, but when that came out, I feel like I knew a lot of people who all of a sudden became F1 fans. I’d be surprised if it had the same impact, but I think we can expect a good number of people to be introduced to the game by it. I’m most looking forward to seeing the players react to LIV in real-time. So cool they got Poulter!

Dylan Dethier, senior writer (@dylan_dethier): Will it have an effect on non-golf fans? Of course — it’s Netflix. It’s hard to think of a better way to reach new audiences than to tap into their enormous list of content-hungry subscribers. What am I most looking forward to? Peeking behind the curtain as several stars make life-changing decisions about launching to LIV.


Source: golf.com

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