By Torleif Sorenson on 5/21/13
Before anything else, our sympathy and prayers go toward everyone in Oklahoma, particularly for the victims of Monday afternoon's devastating tornado in the city of Moore, just south of Oklahoma City.
It should not be surprising that the Oklahoma Golf Association canceled yesterday's final round of their annual Spring Four-Ball and Senior Spring Four-Ball events at Cedar Ridge Country Club outside Tulsa. We expect other similar golf event cancellations at least through this week in the Oklahoma City area.
What was a little surprising was that winds gusting to 35 m.p.h. caused some 25 players to withdraw from International Field Qualifying (IFQ) for the Open Championship at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas on Monday. Of the golfers that played through the winds, PGA Tour player Josh Teater, from Danville, Kentucky, bested the field, carding a 7-under-par 133 to win the IFQ. Teater has never played in one of the four men's professional majors, but his 2013 season has been relatively good; he finished T2 at Torrey Pines in January and T6 in Los Angeles in mid-February, and has missed only three cuts in 14 events. Teater is 36th in the FedEx Cup standings as of this writing.
Others who qualified include Johnson Wagner (he of horrendously smarmy mustache infamy) and Camilo Villegas ("Spiderman") were one back at 134. The others who qualified include Americans Scott Brown, Luke Guthrie, and Bud Cauley, along with Englishman Brian Davis and Sweden's Robert Karlsson. Guthrie and Cauley will join Teater in making their first Open Championship appearance at Muirfield.
But obviously, the most pressing matter at hand is relief assistance in Oklahoma. Several non-profit charitable and relief organizations definitely can use your financial assistance, including the American Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse:
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