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Golf Notes July 2

Joey Sindelar and J.L Lewis are among those who are playing two tournaments in one week at Cog Hill -- the Western Open, and a chance to qualify for the British Open.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club gives PGA Tour players a chance to get into the Open without having to qualify the weekend before in England.

Spots are available for the top eight finishers at the Western Open who are not already exempt, and the top seven players not already exempt from a money list that includes The Players Championship and the five tournaments through the Western.

Victories in the last month by Jonathan Kaye (Buick Classic) and Rory Sabbatini(Capital Open) have moved them to Nos. 3 and 4 on the special money list, making them a lock to get into the British Open.

On the bubble are Sindelar and Lewis, who probably can wrap up a trip to England by finishing in the top 30.

Among those who need a good week are Skip Kendall, Cliff Kresge and Richard Johnson, the Swedish rookie who moved into contention with his tie for third in Memphis.

GOING LOW, NOTHING TO SHOW

Chris DiMarco knows better than anyone on the PGA Tour that posting low numbers doesn't always guarantee winning.

Already this year, DiMarco has shot in the 60s every round without winning at three tournaments -- Sony Open, Phoenix Open and the Honda Classic.

He did the same thing last year at the Hope, Las Vegas and the Disney Classic. Two years ago, DiMarco led the PGA Tour with four tournaments in which he shot every round in the 60s without winning.

DIVOTS

Davis Love III had to withdraw from the Western Open because of a neck injury. Love has been plagued by neck and back injuries for the past couple of years. ... Annika Sorenstam has signed a two-year extension with Mercedes-Benz. The deal, which started at the ``Battle at Bighorn'' in 2001, was supposed to end this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. Sorenstam also filmed a commercial with Kentucky Fried Chicken. ... David Peoples needed only 99 putts in the St. Jude Classic. The only other player who take fewer than 100 putts in a tournament this year was Chris Riley (95) at the Honda Classic.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Bruce Lietzke became the first multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year by winning the U.S. Senior Open. He previously won the Legends of Golf.

FINAL WORD

``If I just don't have to see the money right before my eyes, I'll be fine.'' -- Michelle Wie, 13, on her goal of staying an amateur until after college.

 

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