Monday, July 06, 2015

Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic... Greg 

Owen also earns place in Open at St Andrews

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE R AND A
Danny Lee, David Hearn, James Hahn and Greg Owen qualified for the 144TH Open at St Andrews today at the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC. White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Lee earned his first victory on the US PGA Tour following a two-hole play-off with Hearn after the pair finished tied on 13-under-par alongside Americans Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner, who were both already exempt for The Open and bowed out after the first play-off hole.

New Zealander Lee carded a three-under-par 67 to close out the tournament and is set to make his first appearance in golf’s oldest championship when it is played from 16-19 July. 
The 24-year-old is a former US Amateur champion and was the recipient of the Mark H McCormack medal as the top player in the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ in 2008.

Canadian Hearn will make his second consecutive start in The Open after gaining entry as a reserve at Royal Liverpool in 2014 where he finished tied 32nd. The 36-year-old from Ontario mixed five birdies with two bogeys to close with a three-under-par 67 and secure his place at St Andrews.  
His result matches his best career finish on the US PGA Tour after he lost in a play-off to Jordan Spieth at the 2013 John Deere Classic.

Hahn and Owen finished two-shots further back on 11-under-par to share sixth place with David Lingmerth and Brendon Todd, who have already earned exemptions into The Open, as well as Andres Romero, Chad Collins, and Bryce Molder. Hahn and Owen secured the places by virtue of their higher positions in the Official World Golf Ranking. Russell Henley, who has also already earned a place at St Andrews, finished alone in fifth on 12-under-par.

American Hahn, who hails from California, turned in a four-under-par 66 early in the day that was enough to secure him a place in The Open.
 The 33-year-old earned his maiden PGA TOUR victory at the Northern Trust Open in February in a play-off over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. He played in the US Open in 2012 and the Masters Tournament in 2015 and will make his first appearance at The Open in less than two weeks’ time.

Owen, from Mansfield, England, posted a three-under-par 67 on Sunday and is set to make his seventh start in The Open. The 43-year-old has one win each on the European, Challenge and Web.com Tours and had his best result at The Open in 2006 at Royal Liverpool where he finished tied 22nd.

Key quotes:

Danny Lee

“This means a lot, it’s the home of golf. I’ve never been to St Andrews, I’ve only ever seen it on television when I have been cheering for Tiger Woods winning. It’s going to be amazing and it’s going to be so much fun.

“I’m just very excited to play in another Major and have another opportunity to go out there and play and try my best. I’m very lucky that it’s being played at St Andrews because I’ve always wanted to play there.”

David Hearn

“It’s really special, I had a chance to get over to The Open Championship last year and I’m excited to get back this year especially with it being at the home of golf. Going into these two weeks that has been my primary goal to get into St Andrews and that mission was accomplished.

“This week is a huge confidence boost for me. I enjoy playing different types of golf courses and having to hit creative shots, so getting over to St Andrews will be an amazing treat for me.  I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. I just can’t wait to get over there.”
 James Hahn

“To play another Major Championship would be great, and The Open is one of the best events we have all year so it will be incredible. Especially to have the chance to play at St Andrews where the game of golf originated.

“I’ve never played St Andrews before, I’ve only seen it on TV. It’s definitely pretty surreal at the moment. It’s one of those golf courses that everyone knows and everyone recognises the holes. It will be really fun to go out there and play that Championship. “
Greg Owen (pictured right)
“Obviously being British it’s a huge honour to play in The Open.  I think at this point I’ve qualified through every way possible now. I’m very much looking forward to playing.


“I’ve played well at St Andrews in the Dunhill and I made my first cut in The Open there in 2000 so I’m very excited to get back. I’ve not played it since the new tees have been put in so I’ve got some work to do, but I’m very much looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s the history that sets St Andrews apart. It’s the home of golf, you know the holes inside and out, and everyone knows about 17 and 18. Everyone can relate to it and picture where you need to hit the ball.”

The Open Qualifying Series continues  with the John Deere Classic on the US PGA Tour and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour.

GREENBRIER CLASSIC FINAL TOTALS
par 280 (4x70)
Danny Lee won play-off

1 x-Danny Lee 63  69  68   67 


  267   $1,206,000
T2 David Hearn 68 64 68  67


267   $500,267
T2 Kevin Kisner 67 69 67 64


267   $500,267
T2 Robert Streb 68 67 67 65


267 $500,267
5 Russell Henley 70 66 69 63


268 $268,000
T6 Chad Collins 65 67 68 69


269 $195,736
T6 James Hahn 66 67 70 66


269 $195,736
T6 David Lingmerth 67 70 64 68


269 $195,736
T6 Bryce Molder 68 64 67 70


269 $195,736
T6 Greg Owen 65 67 70 67


269 $195,736
T6 Andres Romero 67 67 68 67


269 $195,736
T6 Brendon Todd 65 69 67 68


269 $195,736
T13   Jason Bohn 69 69 61 71


270 $107,944
T13   Steven Bowditch 68 68 67 67


270 $107,944
T13 Tony Finau 68 67 68 67


270 $107,944
T13 J.J. Henry 68 66 69 67


270 $107,944
T13 Morgan Hoffmann 68 67 69 66


270 $107,944
T13 Scott Langley 62 69 74 65


270 $107,944
T13 Sean O'Hair 66 67 66 71


270 $107,944
T13 Shawn Stefani 69 67 67 67


270 $107,944
T13 Bubba Watson 67 68 68 67


270 $107,944
T22 Ryan Armour 69 69 68 65


271 $60,396
T22 Jonathan Byrd 63 69 69 70


271 $60,396
T22 Derek Ernst 67 71 68 65


271 $60,396
T22 J.B. Holmes 67 69 69 66


271 $60,396
T22 George McNeill 67 68 68 68


271 $60,396
T22 Pat Perez 67 68 68 68


271 $60,396
T22 Chez Reavie 68 70 67 66


271 $60,396
T29 Keegan Bradley 68 69 71 64


272 $45,560
T29 Scott Piercy 67 66 71 68


272 $45,560
T29 Patrick Reed 68 68 67 69


272 $45,560
T32 Eric Axley 68 67 70 68


273 $37,922
T32 Brice Garnett 69 68 67 69


273 $37,922
T32 Kevin Na 65 70 71 67


273 $37,922
T32 Johnson Wagner 69 68 67 69


273 $37,922
T32 Tiger Woods 66 69 71 67


273 $37,922
T37 Scott Brown 67 69 67 71


274 $22,851
T37 Chad Campbell 66 72 68 68


274 $22,851
T37 Paul Casey 66 71 71 66


274 $22,851
T37 Kevin Chappell 65 67 72 70


274 $22,851
T37 Brian Davis 64 70 73 67


274 $22,851
T37 Graham DeLaet 68 70 67 69


274 $22,851
T37 Gonzalo Fernandez-Casta 67 70 66 71


274 $22,851
T37 Robert Garrigus 66 67 71 70


274 $22,851
T37 Andres Gonzales 68 66 72 68


274 $22,851
T37 Luke Guthrie 67 70 67 70


274 $22,851
T37 Tom Hoge 68 66 69 71


274 $22,851
T37 Billy Hurley III 67 71 69 67


274 $22,851
T37 Justin Leonard 66 68 70 70


274 $22,851
T37 Seung-yul Noh 69 65 68 72


274 $22,851
T37 Sung Joon Park 68 65 66 75


274 $22,851
T37 Chris Stroud 66 69 70 69


274 $22,851
T37 Jhonattan Vegas 66 65 76 67


274 $22,851
T54 Sang-Moon Bae 68 67 71 69


275 $15,209
T54 Mark Hubbard 70 65 71 69


275 $15,209
T54 John Huh 66 71 72 66


275 $15,209
T54 Jason Kokrak 69 69 68 69


275 $15,209
T54 Davis Love III 68 69 69 69


275 $15,209
T54 Justin Thomas 67 67 66 75


275 $15,209
T60 Alex Cejka 68 70 71 67


276 $14,405
T60 Maverick McNealy 67 68 68 73


276 -
T60 Cameron Percy 68 66 69 73


276 $14,405
T60 Michael Putnam 73 65 69 69


276 $14,405
T60 Patrick Rodgers 68 65 69 74


276 $14,405
T60 Byron Smith 66 71 69 70


276 $14,405
T60 Brendon de Jonge 70 66 70 70


276 $14,405
T67 Ricky Barnes 72 66 71 68


277 $13,601
T67 Martin Flores 67 69 74 67


277 $13,601
T67 Whee Kim 69 69 68 71


277 $13,601
T67 Kyle Reifers 69 69 68 71


277 $13,601
T67 Scott Stallings 69 68 69 71


277 $13,601
T67 Hudson Swafford 70 68 69 70


277 $13,601
T73 Bill Lunde 70 66 73 69


278 $13,065
T73 Louis Oosthuizen 70 68 73 67


278 $13,065
75 Derek Fathauer 68 70 70 71


279 $12,864
76 Ryo Ishikawa 64 71 75 70


280 $12,730
T77 Kevin Streelman 67 70 71 73


281 $12,596
T77 Will MacKenzie 70 68 73   WD


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