Golf News for Monday, July 22, 2013 | Tournaments

Preliminary field list of 114 golfers for 95th PGA Championship

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Preliminary Field List for the 95th PGA Championship is posted. Of the 156 players who make up the strongest field in golf, 114 are exempt into the Championship based on current eligibility requirements and those who have registered for the 2013 PGA Championship.

"The full field of 156 players plus alternates will be finalized after July 29," said Ryan Cannon, championship director for the 95th PGA Championship. "Currently, 114 players have committed to play the 2013 PGA Championship. Perennially the strongest field in golf, the world's top pros will challenge the legendary East Course at Oak Hill and compete for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy Aug. 5-11."

The 2013 PGA Championship Preliminary Field List includes the following players:

Anderson, JC - St. Louis, Mo.
Bae, Sang-Moon - Dae Gu, SOUTH KOREA
Balin, Danny - Rockville, Md.
Beem, Rich - Austin, Texas
Beljan, Charlie - Mesa, Az.
Bjorn, Thomas - Silkeborg, DENMARK
Blixt, Jonas - Hammaro, SWEDEN
Bradley, Keegan - Woodstock, Vt.
Brooks, Mark - Ft. Worth, Texas
Brown, Mark - Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Brown, Scott - Aiken, S.C.
Cabrera, Angel - Cordoba, ARGENTINA
Cink, Stewart - Duluth, Ga.
Clark, Tim - Durban. S. AFRICA
Clarke, Darren - Portrush, N. IRELAND
Coetzee, George - Pretoria, S. AFRICA
Colsaerts, Nicolas - Brussels, BELGIUM
Curtis, Ben - Stow, Ohio
Day, Jason - Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Donald, Luke - High Wycombe, ENGLAND
Donaldson, Jamie - Macclesfield, ENGLAND
Dufner, Jason - Auburn, Ala.
Duke, Ken - Palm City, Fla.
Els, Ernie - Johannesburg, S. AFRICA
English, Harris - Sea Island, Ga.
Ernst, Derek - Las Vegas, Nev.
Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo - Madrid, SPAIN
Fitzgerald, Caine - Parker, Colo.
Fraser, Marcus - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Fujita, Hiroyuki - Shizuoka, JAPAN
Furyk, Jim - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Gainey, Tommy - Hartsville, S.C.
Gallacher, Stephen - Linlithgow, SCOTLAND
Garcia, Sergio - Castellon, SPAIN
Gaus, Bob - St. Louis, Mo.
Gay, Brian - Windermere, FLa.
Glover, Lucas - Sea Island, Ga.
Grace, Branden - George, S. AFRICA
Haas, Bill - Greenville, S.C.
Hanefeld, Kirk - Acton, Mass.
Hanson, Peter - Trelleborg, SWEDEN
Harrington, Padraig - Dublin, IRELAND
Henley, Russell - Daniel Island, S.C.
Horschel, Billy - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Idoki, Kohki - Hyogo, JAPAN
Ilonen, Mikko - Lahti, FINLAND
Jacobson, Freddie - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Jaidee, Thonchai - LopBuri, THAILAND
Jimenez, Miguel Angel - Malaga, SPAIN
Johnson, Dustin - Jupiter, Fla.
Johnson, Zach - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kaymer, Martin - Mettmann, GERMANY
Kuchar, Matt - Sea Island, Ga.
Labritz, Rob - Pound Ridge, NY.
Laird, Martin - Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Lawrie, Paul - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND
Lingmerth, David - Tranas, SWEDEN
Love III, Davis - Sea Island, Ga.
Lynn, David - Stoke-on-Trent, England
Manassero, Matteo - Verona, ITALY
Martin, Jeff - Warwick, R.I.
Matsuyama, Hideki - Miyagi, JAPAN
McDowell, Graeme - Portrush, N. IRELAND
McGinley, Paul -Dublin, IRELAND
McIlroy, Rory - Holywood, N. IRELAND
McNabb, David - Newark, Del.
Merrick, John - Long Beach, Calif.
Micheel, Shaun - Memphis, Tenn.
Mickelson, Phil - Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Molinari, Francesco - Turin, ITALY
Moore, Ryan - Las Vegas, Nev.
Muttitt, David - Alburquerque, N.M.
Noren, Alex - Stockholm, SWEDEN
Ogilvy, Geoff - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Olesen, Thorbjorn - Copenhagen, DENMARK
Oosthuizen, Louis - George, S. AFRICA
Perry, Rod - Port Orange, Fla.
Pettersson, Carl - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Points, D.A. - Pekin, Ill.
Polzin, Ryan - Houston, Texas
Poulter, Ian - Woburn, ENGLAND
Rhind, Lee - Midland, Texas
Rose, Justin - London, ENGLAND
Rumford, Brett - Perth, AUSTRALIA
Schwartzel, Charl - Johannesburg, S. AFRICA
Scott, Adam - Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Sheftic, Mark - Blue Bell, Pa.
Siem, Marcel - Ratingen, GERMANY
Simpson, Webb - Charlotte, N.C.
Singh, Vijay - Lautoka, FIJI ISLANDS
Skinner, Sonny - Sylvester, Ga.
Small, Mike - Champaign, Ill.
Smith, Stuart - Reno, Nev.
Snedeker, Brandt - Nashville, Tenn.
Spieth, Jordan - Dallas, Texas
Sorenson, Jeff - Blaine, Minn.
Sowards, Bob - Dublin, Ohio
Stenson, Henrik - Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Sterne, Richard - Stellenbosch, S. AFRICA
Streelman, Kevin - Wheaton, Ill.
Stricker, Steve - Madison, Wisc.
Sullivan, Chip - Troutville, Va.
Thompson, Michael - Birmingham, Ala.
Toms, David - Shreveport, La.
Watney, Nick - Henderson, Nev.
Watson, Bubba - Bagdad, Fla.
Watson, Tom - Bucyrus, Kan.
Weekley, Boo - Jay, Fla.
Westwood, Lee - Worksop, ENGLAND
Wiesberger, Bernd - Oberwart, AUSTRIA
Wood, Chris - Bristol, ENGLAND
Woods, Tiger - Hobe Sound, Fla.
Yang, Y.E. - Jeju Island, S. KOREA

All contestants in the Championship (except international players) must be a PGA of America member in good standing. The PGA of America has approved the following list of players eligible to compete in the 95th PGA Championship:

All former PGA Champions.
Winners of the last five Masters (2009 - 2013).
Winners of the last five U.S. Opens (2009 - 2013).
Winners of the last five Open Championships (2009 - 2013).
The 2013 Senior PGA Champion.
The 15 low scorers and ties in the 2012 PGA Championship.
The 20 low scorers in the 2013 PGA Professional National Championship.
The 70 leaders from the PGA Championship Points list from the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational through the 2013 RBC Canadian Open ending July 28.
Members of the 2012 United States and European Ryder Cup Teams providing they remain within the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings as of July 12, 2013.
Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour from the 2012 PGA Championship to the 2013 PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions).
Vacancies will be filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in the PGA Championship Points list from the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational through the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, ending July 28).
In addition, The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above. The total field will be a maximum of 156 players.

The PGA Championship is one of golf's four major championships and is one of the largest sporting events conducted each year in the United States. Next year will mark the third time the PGA Championship will be contested in the Rochester, N.Y. community, preceded by the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships at Oak Hill Country Club.

For more information on the 95th PGA Championship or to purchase tickets, visit: pgachampionship.com.

About the PGA Championship
The 95th PGA Championship will be conducted Aug. 5-11, 2013, at Oak Hill Country Club. The PGA Championship features the strongest field in golf and is considered one of the largest sporting events in the world. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy, including past champions Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and Walter Hagen.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About Oak Hill Country Club
Oak Hill Country Club (Rochester, N.Y.), recognized as one of the finest golf courses in America, has been synonymous with championship golf. In the past three decades alone, Oak Hills' renowned East Course has hosted the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships, the 1984 U.S. Senior Open, the 1989 U.S. Open, the 1995 Ryder Cup, the 1998 U.S. Amateur, and the 2008 Senior PGA Championship. Since the 1956 U.S. Open, Oak Hill is the only golf club in America to host all six of the men's touring Championships. The 2013 PGA Championship will mark Oak Hill's 11th premier golf championship.