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Mickelson, Rose & Scott Headline Field for PGA Championship
The preliminary field for the 95th PGA Championship has been established. Of the 156 players who comprise the strongest field in golf, 114 are exempt into the championship based on current eligibility requirements and those who have registered.
Headlining the field will be the winners of the first three majors of the year: Adam Scott, Masters; Justin Rose (U.S. Open); and Phil Mickelson (Open Championship).
"The full field of 156 players plus alternates will be finalized after July 29," said Ryan Cannon, championship director for the 95th PGA Championship. "Currently, 114 players have committed to play the 2013 PGA Championship."
The Wanamaker Trophy will be contested August 5-11 on the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Over the past three decades, the East Course has hosted the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships, 1984 U.S. Senior Open, 1989 U.S. Open, 1995 Ryder Cup, 1998 U.S. Amateur, and 2008 Senior PGA Championship. Since the 1956 U.S. Open, Oak Hill is the only golf club in America to host all six of the men's tour championships, and 2013 PGA will mark Oak Hill's 11th premier championship.
The 2013 PGA Championship preliminary field list includes the following players:
Anderson, JC - St. Louis, Mo.
Bae, Sang-Moon - Dae Gu, SOUTH KOREA
Balin, Danny - Rockville, Md.
Beem, Rich - Austin, Texas
Beljan, Charlie - Mesa, Ariz.
Bjorn, Thomas - Silkeborg, DENMARK
Blixt, Jonas - Hammaro, SWEDEN
Bradley, Keegan - Woodstock, Vt.
Brooks, Mark - Ft. Worth, Texas
Brown, Mark - Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Brown, Scott - Aiken, S.C.
Cabrera, Angel - Cordoba, ARGENTINA
Cink, Stewart - Duluth, Ga.
Clark, Tim - Durban. S. AFRICA
Clarke, Darren - Portrush, N. IRELAND
Coetzee, George - Pretoria, S. AFRICA
Colsaerts, Nicolas - Brussels, BELGIUM
Curtis, Ben - Stow, Ohio
Day, Jason - Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Donald, Luke - High Wycombe, ENGLAND
Donaldson, Jamie - Macclesfield, ENGLAND
Dufner, Jason - Auburn, Ala.
Duke, Ken - Palm City, Fla.
Els, Ernie - Johannesburg, S. AFRICA
English, Harris - Sea Island, Ga.
Ernst, Derek - Las Vegas, Nev.
Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo - Madrid, SPAIN
Fitzgerald, Caine - Parker, Colo.
Fraser, Marcus - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Fujita, Hiroyuki - Shizuoka, JAPAN
Furyk, Jim - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Gainey, Tommy - Hartsville, S.C.
Gallacher, Stephen - Linlithgow, SCOTLAND
Garcia, Sergio - Castellon, SPAIN
Gaus, Bob - St. Louis, Mo.
Gay, Brian - Windermere, FLa.
Glover, Lucas - Sea Island, Ga.
Grace, Branden - George, S. AFRICA
Haas, Bill - Greenville, S.C.
Hanefeld, Kirk - Acton, Mass.
Hanson, Peter - Trelleborg, SWEDEN
Harrington, Padraig - Dublin, IRELAND
Henley, Russell - Daniel Island, S.C.
Horschel, Billy - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Idoki, Kohki - Hyogo, JAPAN
Ilonen, Mikko - Lahti, FINLAND
Jacobson, Freddie - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Jaidee, Thonchai - LopBuri, THAILAND
Jimenez, Miguel Angel - Malaga, SPAIN
Johnson, Dustin - Jupiter, Fla.
Johnson, Zach - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kaymer, Martin - Mettmann, GERMANY
Kuchar, Matt - Sea Island, Ga.
Labritz, Rob - Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Laird, Martin - Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Lawrie, Paul - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND
Lingmerth, David - Tranas, SWEDEN
Love III, Davis - Sea Island, Ga.
Lynn, David - Stoke-on-Trent, England
Manassero, Matteo - Verona, ITALY
Martin, Jeff - Warwick, R.I.
Matsuyama, Hideki - Miyagi, JAPAN
McDowell, Graeme - Portrush, N. IRELAND
McGinley, Paul -Dublin, IRELAND
McIlroy, Rory - Holywood, N. IRELAND
McNabb, David - Newark, Del.
Merrick, John - Long Beach, Calif.
Micheel, Shaun - Memphis, Tenn.
Mickelson, Phil - Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Molinari, Francesco - Turin, ITALY
Moore, Ryan - Las Vegas, Nev.
Muttitt, David - Alburquerque, N.M.
Noren, Alex - Stockholm, SWEDEN
Ogilvy, Geoff - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Olesen, Thorbjorn - Copenhagen, DENMARK Oosthuizen, Louis - George, S. AFRICA
Perry, Rod - Port Orange, Fla.
Pettersson, Carl - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Points, D.A. - Pekin, Ill.
Polzin, Ryan - Houston, Texas
Poulter, Ian - Woburn, ENGLAND
Rhind, Lee - Midland, Texas
Rose, Justin - London, ENGLAND
Rumford, Brett - Perth, AUSTRALIA
Schwartzel, Charl - Johannesburg, S. AFRICA
Scott, Adam - Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Sheftic, Mark - Blue Bell, Pa.
Siem, Marcel - Ratingen, GERMANY
Simpson, Webb - Charlotte, N.C.
Singh, Vijay - Lautoka, FIJI ISLANDS
Skinner, Sonny - Sylvester, Ga.
Small, Mike - Champaign, Ill.
Smith, Stuart - Reno, Nev.
Snedeker, Brandt - Nashville, Tenn.
Spieth, Jordan - Dallas, Texas
Sorenson, Jeff - Blaine, Minn.
Sowards, Bob - Dublin, Ohio
Stenson, Henrik - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Sterne, Richard - Stellenbosch, S. AFRICA
Streelman, Kevin - Wheaton, Ill.
Stricker, Steve - Madison, Wis.
Sullivan, Chip - Troutville, Va.
Thompson, Michael - Birmingham, Ala.
Toms, David - Shreveport, La.
Watney, Nick - Henderson, Nev.
Watson, Bubba - Bagdad, Fla.
Watson, Tom - Bucyrus, Kan.
Weekley, Boo - Jay, Fla.
Westwood, Lee - Worksop, ENGLAND
Wiesberger, Bernd - Oberwart, AUSTRIA
Wood, Chris - Bristol, ENGLAND
Woods, Tiger - Hobe Sound, Fla.
Yang, Y.E. - Jeju Island, S. KOREA
All contestants in the championship (except international players) must be a PGA of America member in good standing. The PGA of America has approved the following list of players eligible to compete in the 95th PGA Championship:
• All former PGA champions.
• Winners of the last five Masters (2009 - 2013).
• Winners of the last five U.S. Opens (2009 - 2013).
• Winners of the last five Open Championships (2009 - 2013).
• The 2013 Senior PGA champion.
• The 15 low scorers and ties in the 2012 PGA Championship.
• The 20 low scorers in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship.
• The 70 leaders from the PGA Championship Points list from the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational through the 2013 RBC Canadian Open ending July 28.
• Members of the 2012 United States and European Ryder Cup Teams providing they remain within the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings as of July 12, 2013.
• Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour from the 2012 PGA Championship to the 2013 PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions).
• Vacancies will be filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in the PGA Championship Points list from the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational through the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, ending July 28).
• In addition, The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above. The total field will be a maximum of 156 players.
The above report is courtesy of the PGA of America. For more information, visit www.pga.com.
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