The faces in the 156-man field for next week's John Deere Classic continued to change on Saturday with the tournament losing the world's 25th-ranked player.|
Sweden's Peter Hanson, No. 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 121 in the FedExCup race, was among four players to withdraw from the tournament. Also deciding not to play were Cameron Tringale (57th FedExCup, 130 world ranking), James Driscoll (76th in FedExCup race, 207 world ranking) and Steve Marino (180 FedExCup, 781 world ranking).
Hanson, Driscoll and Tringale all made the cut at this week's Greenbrier Open being played in West Virginia. Driscoll entered the third round tied for 11th. Hanson already is qualified for the British Open following the JDC at Muirfield.
JDC tournament director Clair Peterson said he had not received word why the four decided not to play.
"It's just the nature of the final days between Friday and Thursday's start of the tournament,'' said Peterson. "Player movement isn't unanticipated. We will still have 156 great players in the field and we're very excited for the contest to begin.''
With two sponsor exemptions back in his hands with Scott McCarron qualifying on his status, Peterson was able to offer those to veteran Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA championship winner, and heralded amateur T.J. Vogel, who recently turned pro. In off the alternate list are Brandt Jobe and Glen Day.
Vogel, the former University of Florida standout who played very well at this year's Masters that included an ace on No. 16, won the 2012 Public Links title.
"We have been talking to T.J. since the Masters and told him that if we had a chance to get him in that we would give him consideration,'' said Peterson. "We were able to make that happen today.''
Hanson has only played 11 PGA Tour events this season, making the cut in nine with four top 25 finishes and one top 10.Tringale has made 13 cuts in 20 starts with five top 25 finishes, topped by a third-place finish at the Tampa Bay Championship.
Two weeks ago, Driscoll tied for 8th at the AT&T, his top finish this season. He has now made 13 cuts in 19 starts with four top 25 finishes.
Marino, playing on a major medical extension after having a torn meniscus repaired, has made just five cuts in 12 starts with one top 25 finish. Winner of more than $9 million in his career, Marino also withdrew from the AT&T two weeks ago and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April.
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