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Megan McChrystal wins Symetra Tour finale, 10 get LPGA Tour cards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Megan McChrystal birdied the final hole Monday to win the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship, and P.K. Kongkraphan won the money title to take one of 10 the LPGA Tour cards up for grabs.

A stroke ahead of South Africa’s Paula Reto when play was suspended Sunday because of darkness, McChrystal made a 7-foot birdie putt on her lone hole Monday to beat France’s Perrine Delacour by two strokes. McChrystal, a former LSU player from Stuart, Fla., had a 4-under 68 to finish at 13-under 275 on LPGA International’s Champions Course.

“I think I might cry,” McChrystal said. “This gives me the confidence I need for Q-School. Last year, I was terrified. Now, I know I’m ready.”

She earned $18,750 to jump from 58th to 18th on the money list with $27,238. The players who finished Nos. 11-20 on the money list received spots in the final stage of the qualifying tournament in December.

“My goal was to make it high enough on the money list to make it to the final stage,” McChrystal said. “I just wanted to prove to myself that I could shoot par or better through four rounds. It’ll make Q-School easier knowing that I’m capable of doing that.”

Delacour closed with a 66 on Sunday. She was the only player to move into the top 10 on the money list in the finale, earning $11,590 to jump from 20th to eighth.

Reto shot 72, making a bogey and a par Monday, to finish third at 10 under.

Kongkraphan, from Thailand, tied for seventh at 4 under. She finished the season with $47,283. Giulia Molinaro was second at $39,848, followed by Marina Alex ($39,804), Christine Song ($39,309), Cydney Clanton ($38,861), Sue Kim ($37,850), Hannah Jun ($36,810), Delacour ($34,577), Alena Sharp ($34,120) and Jacyln Sweeney ($33,609).

Sweeney tied for 22nd at even par to edge Olivia Jordan-Higgins by $114 for the final LPGA Tour card. Higgins, eighth on the money list entering the tournament, missed the cut.

The players finishing 11th through 20th and headed for Q-School in December are Jordan-Higgins, Kim Kaufman, Melissa Eaton, Laura Kueny, Wei-Ling Hsu, Marissa Steen, McChrystal, Kendall Dye, Katy Harris and Jackie Stoelting.

The race for the 10 LPGA Tour cards began at the season-opening VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic. There were 14 different winners on the 15-event schedule.

This year marked the second year since the Race for the Card was implemented in 1999 that 10 players received fully exempt LPGA Tour cards for the next year. From 1999 to 2002, three exemptions were awarded, and from 2007-2011, 10 LPGA memberships were awarded with only the top 5 earning fully exempt status.

This year’s graduating class joins an elite list of fellow Symetra Tour graduates that include 2012 Rolex Player of the Year Inbee Park, 27-time LPGA Tour winner Lorena Ochoa, 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Vicky Hurst and two-time LPGA Tour winner Christina Kim.

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Kirk Triplett wins Nature Valley First Tee Open for second straight year

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Kirk Triplett successfully defended his Nature Valley First Tee Open title Sunday at Pebble Beach, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Doug Garwood and Dan Forsman.

Three strokes behind leader Tom Lehman entering the round, Triplett finished at 11-under 205 for his second career Champions Tour title. Last year, the three-time PGA Tour winner overcame a four-shot deficit.

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“Last year was a dream come true to win for the first time at Pebble Beach,” said Triplett who had a bogey-free final round and seven consecutive birdies on par 5s in the last two rounds. “To do it again, I am a bit overwhelmed. Last year, I was just so excited. This year, I am almost teary-eyed.”

Garwood, a Monday qualifier making his fourth career start on the 50-and-over tour, and Forsman each shot 69. Lehman was fourth at 8 under after a 74.

Triplett held two-shot advantage over Garwood, Forsman and Lehman with three holes left, but had to scramble. He hit his tee shot into the rough on the par-4 16th and saved his par after chipping to 2 feet.

Triplett hit his tee shot on the par-3 17th into a bunker, and saved par again to remain two shots ahead.

“I had a couple of unfortunate breaks,” Forsman said. “I bogeyed eight, which is likely because it’s such a difficult hole and that took some of the wind out of my sails. But I had a couple of birdies on the back nine to stabilize things, and I am pleased with the way I played.”

After an opening round 67 at Del Monte, Triplett followed with a second-round 70 at Pebble Beach. He had only three bogeys in the tournament.

“I’ve played the 20 AT&T and 20 Callaway events and a couple of U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach,” Triplett said. “I knew it would be a dogfight. But I just have a great affinity for the place.”

Triplett earned $280,000 in the $1.8 million event.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 63 at Del Monte, then shot consecutive 74s to finish eighth at 5 under.

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Chesson Hadley wins Web.com Tour Champ’ship, 25 earn PGA Tour cards

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Chesson Hadley won the Web.com Tour Championship. John Peterson won a trip back to the TPC Sawgrass to play in a far bigger tournament.

Lee Williams felt like the biggest winner of them all Sunday.

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Needing a birdie on the 18th hole to have any chance of a PGA Tour card, Williams rapped a 55-foot birdie putt over the ridge and into the cup for a 69. Andres Gonzalez, playing in the same group, gave him a high-five and then missed a 12-foot birdie putt that would have knocked Williams out of the top 25 from a four-tournament money list that determines tour cards for next season.

“I knew what I had to do. There was no uncertainty in the moment,” Williams said. “When you know what you have to do, it almost calms you down a little bit.”

The last hope for Gonzalez was for Andrew Loupe to make bogey on the final hole. Loupe ran his birdie attempt 5 feet past the hole, and made it coming back for par to join Peterson, his teammate at LSU, on the PGA Tour next month.

The tournament wrapped up the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals – four tournaments in which 25 cards were awarded based on the money list from those events. The tournaments were for the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list during the regular season, and Nos. 126-200 from the FedExCup on the PGA Tour. The top 25 from the Web.com regular season were assured their cards.

The final event had plenty of drama, although the players weren’t entire sure what was at stake until it was over.

Money mattered more than a score.

Hadley started the final round one shot behind Scott Gardiner, who took a double bogey on the fourth hole with a double hit and never caught up. Hadley closed with a 69 for his second Web.com Tour win of the year. He finished No. 4 on the money list, so his card already was safe.

“This is incredible,” he said. “I was just trying to not puke on myself on the way in, even though I tried. This course is brutal and I’m glad I was able to conquer it.”

What hurt him was Gardiner’s mistake late in the round – a bogey on the 17th hole – that dropped Gardiner from second place alone into a four-way tie for second. That was worth an additional $14,000 for Peterson, who was part of that four-way tie.

Peterson won the Web.com Finals money list by $567 over Hadley.

“At the end of the day, he played the best of anyone in the four tournaments,” Hadley said.

Peterson didn’t finish outside the top five in any of the Web.com Finals events. By winning the Web.com Finals money list, he has full status on the PGA Tour next year and a spot in The Players Championship, the richest tournament in golf.

Hadley finished at 10-under 270 and still earned $180,000 and a high priority ranking for his rookie season on the PGA Tour. Brendon Todd, who already had his card through the regular-season money list, closed with a 65 and joined Peterson (67), Gardiner (72) and Brad Fritsch of Canada.

Fritsch had missed the cut in the previous three Web.com Finals events and was just looking for a good score to build confidence. His 68-66 weekend took him from going nowhere to return to the PGA Tour.

“I just wanted to play well and see where the chips fell,” Fritsch said.

Others who were outside the top 25 on the money list and ended up with tour cards were Billy Hurley III, Joe Durant and Russell Knox of Scotland.

Just like Q-school, there were plenty of meltdowns.

Andrew Putnam, whose older brother won the Web.com Tour money list in the regular season, was in fourth place and two shots out of the lead going into the final round. He only needed to finish about 13th to get his card. Instead, he took triple bogey on the eighth hole on his way to a 75 to tie for 24th. Jhonattan Vegas and Rod Pampling, past PGA Tour winners, were inside the top 25 starting the last day. Vegas had a 74 and Pampling shot 73.

Chad Campbell, a three-time Ryder Cup player, closed with a 73 to end his hopes.

Sean O’Hair and Heath Slocum were among the former PGA Tour winners who earned back their cards this week. O’Hair had such a tough year that at one point he asked himself if he still wanted to play golf for a living.

“I still think I’ve got my best golf ahead of me,” O’Hair said. “That’s what answered that question for me. I’m glad I got it done.”

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David Howell wins Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in playoff

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – David Howell of England ended a seven-year winless drought with a playoff victory over American Peter Uihlein to capture the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

The former Ryder Cup player birdied the second extra hole with a 12-foot putt in the pro-celebrity event patterned after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the PGA Tour.

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Both players had ended regulation play at 23 under par on the Old Course at St. Andrews, with Howell shooting 5-under 67 and Uihlein a 3-under 69.

“To nail that birdie putt to win is pretty sweet,” Howell said. “I was 0-5 in playoffs so I felt as though I deserved one.”

Howell beat Tiger Woods in 2006 to win the inaugural HSBC Champions event and has played more than 200 tournaments since his last victory in the BMW Championship later that year.

England’s Tom Lewis (64) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (68) shared third place at 22 under.

Howell began the final round two strokes behind Uihlein, but then burst into contention with five birdies in his opening seven holes, including four in succession starting at the fourth.

However, Howell played the back nine in even par while Uihlein, competing in the event for the first time, also stalled in completing his inward nine at 1 under.

Both players parred the first extra hole before Howell sealed a fifth European Tour victory.

“Hats off to David, (he) played great, made a nice birdie,” Uihlein said. “He made more putts than I did at the end of the day.”

Howell’s win moves him back into the world’s top 100 and also to 12th in the Race to Dubai, qualifying him for the European Tour’s end-of-season final series for the first time in his career.

“It’s a dream to be back in the big time, as it’s been a long, long road from the depths of despair to get here today,” Howell said.

Uihlein, who was looking to become the first American to win the tournament, moved to 10th on the Race to Dubai.

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Tiger Woods voted PGA Tour player of year, Jordan Spieth is top rookie

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time on the strength of his five big wins and return to No. 1 in the world.

It was the third time Woods won the Jack Nicklaus Award despite not winning a major. He made up for that with two World Golf Championships and The Players Championship among his five wins. No one else won more than twice this year, and Woods won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average along with the PGA Tour money title.

“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call on Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”

The tour does not release the percentage of votes won or even who finished second.

Jordan Spieth was voted rookie of the year in a race that likely was no contest. The 20-year-old Texan began the year with no status on any tour. He won the John Deere Classic, lost in a playoff at another event, reached the Tour Championship, was chosen for the Presidents Cup team and wound up 10th on the money list with nearly $4 million.

He will be the youngest American – and first tour rookie – to play in the Presidents Cup next week in Ohio.

“I don’t know if it’s a `pinch me’ moment yet,” Spieth said. “I think my mind is still really on next week.”

Woods was on the ballot with British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. Mickelson also won the Phoenix Open and was runner-up in the U.S. Open for the sixth time. Along with his first major, Scott won The Barclays. If either of them had won the Tour Championship, three wins and a major might have won some votes over five big wins and no majors.

Mickelson, with more wins (42) and majors (five) than any player except for Woods dating to the Tom Watson generation, has never been tour player of the year, No. 1 in the world ranking or won a tour money title.

The Jack Nicklaus Award began in 1990. In 24 years, Woods has won it 11 times and only two other players have won it twice – Fred Couples (1991, 1992) and Nick Price (1993, 1994). It was the fourth time in the last five years that the winner did not capture a major.

Woods nearly made it a clean sweep of all the awards. Steve Stricker narrowly beat him out for the Byron Nelson Award with a 65 on the final day at East Lake in the Tour Championship. That award is for lowest scoring average, though it is not as prestigious as the Vardon Trophy from the PGA of America. The Vardon Trophy dates to 1937 and requires 60 rounds (instead of 50 for the PGA Tour’s version of the award) with no incomplete rounds.

It was the first time since 2009, right before his personal life unraveled, that Woods won these awards. Even though he has more of them than anyone in history, he said that it doesn’t get old.

“I know how hard it is,” Woods said. “I’ve had to work my way back from injuries on numerous occasions throughout the years. These last couple years are no exception to that. There were a lot of people saying I could never win again, and two years later I’ve got eight wins on our tour. I’m very proud of where I’ve come from, from being ranked outside the top 50 to being ranked where I am now, and to have had the success that I’ve had this year just makes it all the more rewarding.”

He said his biggest win this year was at The Players Championship, mainly because it’s the one golf course he plays regularly that has given him fits. His other wins this year came on courses where he won for at least the fourth time.

“You start playing golf courses that you like and that suit your game,” Woods said. “Guys generally play that schedule and give themselves the best opportunity to win tournaments and to have a nice living out on tour. For me, The Players Championship is the big event and against probably the strongest field we play all year. I haven’t had a lot of success since 2001.

“To finally put myself there with the chance and the way I was hitting it to get it done on that Sunday, boy, it sure felt good.”

Woods and Spieth won two different awards, though both pointed to the area of improvement – the majors. Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008, though he had a chance in the final round this year at the British Open. Spieth missed the cut at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship and tied for 44th in the British Open.

“I think next year I’m really going to focus on those,” said Spieth, who is No. 21 in the world. “Maybe build a schedule or game plan around how to have success and maybe compete at those four events, and I think that would be a better year for me.”

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Rory McIlroy formally starts his own management team in second switch

DUBLIN – Rory McIlroy has ended his contract with one management company and is starting his own.

McIlroy, a two-time major champion from Northern Ireland, began the process of changing his management in May and he has been negotiating a settlement from Horizon Sports Management.

McIlroy said a Dublin-based legal team, A&L Goodbody, is handling “details of the termination,” though a settlement does not appear imminent.

Horizon officials received word of the development while going to the wedding this weekend of Graeme McDowell. It later issued a statement saying it noted “with disappointment” McIlroy’s announcement and that its contract has a “number of years to run.”

“Rory’s decision to see a termination of the management contract with Horizon is now regrettably in the hands of legal advisers,” the Horizon statement said.

The former world No. 1 has created Rory McIlroy Inc. to handle his business interests. It will be led by Donal Casey, an Irish businessman who worked for Horizon Sports as its director of strategy. Casey previously was the managing director in Ireland for Aon Hewitt and chief executive for Irish Life Corporate Business.

Barry Funston, a business leader and longtime family friend, will be in charge of The Rory Foundation. Casey and Funston will be on the Rory McIlroy Inc. board along with Gerry McIlroy, the golfer’s father.

It’s the second time in two years that McIlroy is under new management. He left International Sports Management and Chubby Chandler during a surprise split in the autumn of 2011, just months after McIlroy won his first major with a record-setting performance at the U.S. Open.

He signed with Dublin-based Horizon Sports, which negotiated an early end to McIlroy’s Titleist contract to sign an equipment deal with Nike believed to be worth upward of $20 million a year.

McIlroy is coming off his worst season in five years. He started the year at No. 1 in the world, has failed to win a tournament and did not qualify for the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour. He has fallen to No. 6 in the world.

The split from Horizon has been seen as a distraction, and it has been awkward at times. Even late in the year, Horizon officials were at news conferences and corporate functions as the agency of record, though McIlroy had a personal press assistant with him who previously worked at Horizon.

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Doug Hanzel wins U.S. Sr. Amateur, topping Pat O’Donnell in finale

CASHIERS, N.C. – Doug Hanzel won the USGA Senior Amateur on Thursday, beating Pat O’Donnell 3 and 2 in the championship match at Wade Hampton Golf Club.

The 56-year-old Hanzel, from Savannah, Ga., opened a three-hole lead with a par on the par-4 15th and matched O’Donnell’s birdie on the par-4 16th to end the match.

“They can’t take that away from you,” Hanzel said. “I’m at a loss for words. I know you get a lot of perks for winning, but the perk for me is to have your name on a USGA trophy.”

Hanzel was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open the last two years.

“I’m dumbfounded.” Hanzel said. “Really, I couldn’t say I envisioned being a USGA champion. It’s just an unbelievable feeling. You know, you play in so many USGA events, because I think this is the 20th or 21st I qualified for, so you play in a lot of events, but realistically do you think you’re going to win?

“Probably not the other ones. The Senior Amateur I thought I could win. I thought I had enough game to win. But to do it is something else because you got to win six matches. That’s hard.”

A physician specializing in pulmonary critical care at Southeast Medical Group, Hanzel uses an insulin pump to control his diabetes.

“It was OK,” Hanzel said about the diabetes. “I had one little issue yesterday morning for the matches. I was a little low. I didn’t feel well. It was kind of good that the matches got delayed yesterday, so we got things under control. Just a bump in the road.

“I have a sensor. Actually, drives me nuts. The correlation is not as good as it should be between the blood level, because the sensor monitors interstitial fluid, which is delayed from the blood. My sensor alarms low and my sugar is OK,” he added. “Your sensor is alarming you’re low, telling you to take something, but you probably don’t need to. It happens when I sleep a lot. It wakes you up every hour or two or every 15 minutes, it will keep alarming. It’s like, `Oh, no, I can’t do this.'”

The 59-year-old O’Donnell, from Happy Valley, Ore., is a reinstated amateur who works as a maintenance analyst for Boeing. He passed up an exemption next week into the U.S. Mid-Amateur in Birmingham, Ala.

“I am out of (vacation) time,” O’Donnell said. “I am kind of down to about $38 here.”

In the morning in the rain-delayed semifinals, Hanzel beat Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa., 3 and 2, and O’Donnell edged Buzz Fly of Memphis, Tenn., 2 and 1.

“Chip Lutz is one of the best senior players,” Hanzel said. “To go out and take him down in match play, I feel pretty good about myself.”

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Ellen Port wins U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur for second straight season

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Ellen Port successfully defended her Senior Women’s Amateur title for her sixth U.S. Golf Association victory.

The 52-year-old Port, a high school teacher and coach in St. Louis, beat 50-year-old Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 on Thursday at CordeValle.

“Well, it means that I outlasted 135 really good golfers, and I think as I’ve reacquainted myself with some of my professional friends that played on the LPGA Tour, that to win, to play nine matches, to play a lot of rounds and accomplish that and still be standing at the end and then go ahead and seal the deal, it just is a great feeling,” Port said. “All the work that you put in over the years, I can think of some of the sand shots I hit and how well I played out of the sand this week, and it just kind of is a very rewarding feeling. It’s a very fulfilling feeling, and I’m honored to be a USGA champion.”

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur four times.

“I love the spirit of amateurism,” Port said. “I think I’m just a true amateur at heart. I love everything about it, that you can have a well-rounded life. I’ve always been that way. I’ve never specialized really in a sport. It’s almost like you can have it all, and I feel like today that’s how I feel.”

She tied Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy for fourth place on the USGA’s female victory list. JoAnne Carner tops the list with eight, and Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander have seven.

“I don’t put myself up at their level because they’re the greatest in the game at their level,” Port said. “But I’m very blessed in what I’ve been able to accomplish in a short time. I’m thrilled.”

Port has remained competitive while balancing family life – she is the mother of two – and teaching and coaching duties.

“I just think I rise to the occasion,” Port said. “I know I don’t have a lot of opportunities, and so I really want to capitalize on those opportunities. … I am a competitor at heart. I love the thrill of hitting shots when they matter, and I know I did that a few times out there.”

Port won the first three holes, taking Nos. 1 and 2 with pars and the par-3 third with a bogey.

“I tend to get off to a slow start for whatever reason,” said Cohn, who works in a golf shop. “I don’t know if it’s nerves, probably. Today, I joked to myself that it’s not every day that you have the Golf Channel with you on the first tee. Ellen is as sweet as can be. She is a calming influence as an opponent. But, I wasn’t settled. I can’t blame it on everything. I hit bad shots.”

A 10-time Palm Beach County Amateur winner, Cohn was playing her first USGA event since 1992.

“Ellen is an amazing player,” Cohn said. “I expect her to make par or better.”

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LPGA Tour will start 2014 season in January with Bahamas Classic

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the first time in 13 years, the LPGA Tour schedule will begin in January next season as the second annual Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic will open the season in a new date. The $1.3 million event returns to the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis, Paradise Island, from Jan. 23-26.

“It will be great to start our season in Paradise,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “Playing in the Bahamas in an East Coast time zone will be a great way for our fans to watch our season-opening event live on Golf Channel.”

The move takes the tournament from late May to late January in advance of the LPGA Tour’s traditional February Asia-Pacific Swing. In 2013, Ilhee Lee became a first-time winner at the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, which was rain-shortened to 36 holes.

“We are big believers in the LPGA,” said Barbasol/Pure Silk CEO Thomas Murray. “We had a tremendous inaugural tournament last May and are thrilled to have the opportunity to kick-off the LPGA season in The Bahamas.”

The last time the LPGA played an official money event in January was 2001, when three were contested during the month.

“The Bahamas are excited to be the season-opening event location for the LPGA tour in 2014. We think there is a special relationship between golf fans and early tour events as everyone dreams of summer and imagines the joy golf will bring them,” said David Johnson, director general of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “We fully expect that our weather will be picture perfect for this event and the players, and viewers, will get a good look at the attractions of our destination. Our islands are a year-round destination for golfers and this January kick-off for the ladies golf season will surely showcase that.”

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Paul Lawrie unhappy that European big names are skipping Seve Trophy

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Paul Lawrie expressed his disappointment on Wednesday that eight of his Ryder Cup teammates have snubbed next week’s Seve Trophy in France.

Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter won’t be playing for Britain and Ireland despite being the team’s six leading qualifiers. Sergio Garcia and Peter Hansen have declined places on the Continental Europe team in the biennial Ryder Cup-style event.

The Seve Trophy, which is played in non-Ryder Cup years, is named after the late Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011 from complications of a cancerous brain tumor.

“I think it’s extremely disappointing that a lot of the guys are not playing,” Lawrie said. “I’m not having a go at them, but I just think certainly with Seve’s name attached to it and the idea behind the tournament, it’s kind of the equivalent of the Presidents Cup for the American boys.

“So for many of our boys not to want to play for an event that not only carry’s Seve’s name, but you get handsomely paid to play in it as well, I don’t understand it. It’s disappointing for everyone involved in it; for the (European) Tour, who have done a great job putting it on, and for Seve and his family. It’s Seve’s name. I mean, my God, most of us are out there playing because of what Seve did years ago.”

Henrik Stenson, who topped the list of qualifiers for Continental Europe after winning the FedExCup, also has declined to play at the Saint-Nom-la-Breteche course outside Paris.

“I would walk to Paris to play on the team next week, and I would have done whatever it would have taken to play on that team next week,” Lawrie added.

Ryder Cup-winning captains Jose Maria Olazabal (Europe) and Sam Torrance (Britain and Ireland) will take charge of the teams for the Oct. 3-6 event.

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