Monday Morning Golf Report

April 5, 2010

Webb Simpson opened the Shell Houston with a 3-over 75 but he bounced-back with a round of 71 to make the cut. He then posted an ever-par 72 on Saturday and jumped 14 spots with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish tied for 44th.

For the year, Simpson has made six cuts in nine starts and has banked over $278,000. He will have this week and will likely return to action at the Verizon Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC, on April 15-18.

This is Masters week on the PGA Tour and former Deacon All-American Bill Haas will be making his first Masters appearance this year. Haas earned a spot in the field by virtue of his victory at the Bob Hope Classic earlier this season.

The LPGA Tour held its first major of the season this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Laura Diaz made her season debut after receiving a sponsor invitation. She carded rounds of 73-78 and missed the cut which fell at 6-over par. The tour will now host The Mojo 6 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in two weeks.

After a sporadic start, the Nationwide Tour will resume a normal schedule state-side starting with the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., next week.

The Champions Tour will return to the states next week for the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla., on April 16-18.

The Futures Tour will host the Daytona Beach Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla., this week. Nannette Hill and Laura Crawford will both be in the field.

The EGolf Tour will also return to action this week as it hosts The Championship at St. James Plantation in Southport, NC, on April 7-10. Wake will have a large contingent on hand as Chris Cannon, Dustin Groves, Cortland Lowe, Chris McCartin, Doug Manchester and Chad Wilfong are all slated to tee-it-up this week.

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