PGA Tour Midseason report: Sponsors' exemptions

PGA Tour Midseason report: Sponsors’ exemptions

David Duval leads all players with nine sponsor's exemptions in 2012.
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Score a shutout for last week's Travelers Championship. It was the first PGA Tour event this year in which none of the players who were awarded sponsor's exemptions made the cut.

The Travelers gave eight exemptions, all of whom failed to qualify for the weekend, including the newly minted pro Patrick Cantlay. Also in the Eliminated Eight were Ryo Ishikawa, senior tourist Brad Faxon, Notah Begay, K.T. Kim, former U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, Patrick Rodgers and former British Amateur champion Bryan MacPherson.

The previous worst-performing exemptees were at the Honda Classic and Wells Fargo Championship, where only one of nine sponsors' invitees made the cut.

In the season-long exemption race, exclusively followed here, David Duval remains the leader with nine, but the players to watch the rest of the way are Billy Hurley and Cantlay. Hurley is a U.S. Naval Academy grad who served in the Atlantic. He earned his seventh exemption this week at the AT&T National, whose host is Tiger Woods, an avowed armed forces supporter. Hurley has made one cut on six previous sponsors' exemptions, finishing 66th at Bay Hill.

Cantlay recently turned pro after his sophomore season at UCLA. That was no surprise given that this will be the last year players can advance to the PGA Tour via qualifying school. Cantlay is also in this week's AT&T National field, with his third exemption. Look for him to keep piling them up.

Two amateurs also got exemptions this week, and they both starred in the recent U.S. Open at Olympic Club: Beau Hossler, a 17-year-old who briefly led the Open, and Jordan Spieth, who plays at Texas and was low am at the Open.

Sponsors' exemptions
9 David Duval
7 Billy Hurley
7 Mike Weir
6 Boo Weekley
5 Ryo Ishikawa
5 Kelly Kraft
4 Erik Compton
4 Fred Couples
4 John Daly
4 K.T. Kim
4 Kyle Reifers
3 Notah Begay
3 Patrick Cantlay
3 Peter Hanson
3 Scott Langley
3 Scott McCarron
3 Sam Saunders
3 Jordan Spieth
3 Tim Petrovic
3 John Peterson

Cuts made by sponsors' invitees
3 Erik Compton
3 Boo Weekley

Money won
Ryo Ishikawa $474,666
Brian Davis $209,571
Harris English $173,450
Alejandro Canizares $129,962
Boo Weekley $129,920
Vaughn Taylor $106,875
John Daly $104,029
Kyle Reifers $97,101
Erik Compton $92,915
Andres Gonzalez $78,780