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Ty Tryon to return to competitive action

Ty Tryon, the youngest player ever to earn his PGA Tour card, finally has recovered from mononucleosis and plans to return to competition next week at the Utah Classic on the Buy.com Tour.

``He hasn't played in five months. It will be nice to get his feet wet and get inside the ropes again,'' agent Jay Danzi of IMG said Wednesday.

Tryon last played in March at the Bay Hill Invitational, where he missed the cut. He also missed the cut in his three other PGA Tour starts this year.

He was 17 when he made it through all three stages of PGA Tour qualifying school last fall, ending his remarkable run with a bogey-free 66 on the last day in what is regarded one of the most pressure-packed rounds in golf.

Because of a new age limit established by the PGA Tour, Tryon could not become an official member until June 2, when he turned 18. He was allowed to take seven sponsors' exemptions until then, but wound up only using four.

The Tour has granted Tryon a medical exemption for next year. Danzi said he can play 23 events on the PGA Tour between now and the end of the 2003 to try to keep his card.

He also gets five Buy.com Tour starts as part of his rehabilitation.

Danzi said doctors believe Tryon had mono and tonsillitis even before the final stage of PGA Tour qualifying. Tryon had symptoms of strep throat that week, although he still shot 18-under par and tied for 23rd.

The summer wasn't a total loss.

Tryon got caught up on his homework, and now enters his senior year of high school. He transferred earlier this year from Dr. Phillips High to the Crenshaw School, which offers a more flexible schedule.

``He worked hard to get ahead in school,'' Danzi said.

It was not clear what other tournaments Tryon might play this year, although one possibility is the Tampa Bay Classic from Sept. 19-22, which is the same week as a World Golf Championship event in Ireland.


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