Monday Morning Golf Report

July 6, 2009

Young gun Webb Simpson made his second-straight cut this past week at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md., finishing the week tied for 35th.

The tournament got off to a bit of a rough start as the Raleigh, N.C., native made five bogies in the first round to post a 4-over 74. But he rebounded with a total of six birdies in round two to card a 3-under 67 and made the cut at 1-over par.

The roller coaster ride continued on Saturday as he again made five bogies on his way to a round of 2-over 72 and was in a tie for 53rd heading into the final round. But on Sunday, Simpson opened with a front nine of two-under 33 and went on to fire a 68 to finish in a tie for 35th.

For the year, Simpson has made a little over $666,000 in 19 events and is currently 86th on the money list. The top-125 players on the money list at the end of the year retain their PGA Tour cards for next season. In 2008, Martin Laird finished 125th on the money list with $852,752 for the year.

Bill Haas also played last week in Maryland but couldn't recover from an opening round 75 and despite a 68 in the second round, he missed the cut by one shot. Haas is currently 76th on the money list with just under $743,000 on the year.

At the LPGA's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Laura Diaz opened with a dazzling round of 7-under 64 and held a share of the first round lead.

She went out in 1-under 33 and continued the run on the back making four birdies in the first six holes to climb to 5-under for the round. Diaz then capped the day with an eagle-3 at the par-5 17th to post her lowest round of the season.

She followed that with four more birdies on Friday en route to a 67 and again was in a tie for the lead at the midway point at 11-under par. But she couldn't keep the momentum going over the weekend and went on to post rounds of 74-72 to finish in a tie for 42nd at 7-under par.

Rising senior Travis Wadkins played in his first tournament of the summer at the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. A total of 98 players set out on Tuesday looking for a spot in the match-play field.

The top-30 seeds were already determined and Tuesday's 18-hole qualifier was used to determine the remaining 34-seeds. Wadkins went out in 3-over 38 after three bogeys. He started the back nine with six-straight pars before a birdie at the par-5 16th got him back to 2-over but would give that shot right on the par-3 17th with a bogey. The Dallas, Texas, native would then par No. 18 and post a round of 75.

A total of 33-players finished at 74 or better meaning the 11-players that carded a round of 3-over 75 headed out to a playoff for just one spot.

With birdies on the first playoff hole (the par-4 1st hole), Baton Rouge's Andrew Loupe and Wadkins were the only two players to advance. The pair then headed to the second playoff hole, which was No. 17. This time Wadkins made his par and so did Loupe so the two headed to a third playoff hole, No. 18. With Loupe already in with par, Wadkins par-putt just slid by the hole giving the last qualifying spot to Loupe.

This week is the US Women's Open at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa., and there will be three Demon Deacons in the field. Both recent graduate Nannette Hill and 2009 recruit Michelle Shin are playing this week as they are two of 29 amateurs to have qualified. Laura Diaz will try to keep the ball rolling this week as she too is in the field.

Also this week, recent graduate Dustin Groves will join rising senior Brendan Gielow and 2009 recruit Even Beck at the Eastern Amateur at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va. Action is set to get underway on Thursday morning.

The PGA Tour heads to the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., this week before hoping across the pond for the British Open next week. The Champions Tour is hosting the 3M Championship in Minnesota this week while the Nationwide Tour is at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic north of the border in Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada.

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