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PGA Tour members vote comeback award to Appleby

Stuart Appleby has been voted the PGA Tour 2010 comeback player of the year after rebounding from his worst season in 2009 to a much-improved season this year.

PGA golfers voted for Appleby over Rocco Mediate and Arjun Atwal.

Stuart Appleby (file photo)

Appleby was the winner of the Greenbrier Classic by closing the final round with a 59, making him one of only two players to hit golf’s magic number in the last round. His historic victory followed the 2009 season when he finished outside the top 125 on the money list for the first time since his rookie season.

The Australian used a one-time exemption for career money to be able to keep his card. His win helped him to finish 38th on the money list, and he capped the year by winning the Australian Masters.

compiled from staff & PGA Tour news

Jason Bay wins Byron Nelson Classic; 16-year-old Spieth tied at 16th

compiled from staff, wire and PGA Tour reports

22-year-old Jason Day fought through a rocky final round for a 2-over 72 that was good enough to give the Australian the Byron Nelson championship title for his first win of his PGA Tour career.

For several golf fans, the 2010 Byron Nelson will go down in history for the remarkable debut by Jordan Spieth, a 16-year-old local high school student.

Spieth, became the sixth-youngest player to make the cut on the PGA Tour.

Jason Day (PGA)

Spieth was within three shots of the lead on the final nine holes, but dropped back into a tie for 16th. He shot a 2-over 72 in the final round, his highest score of the tournament. His 4-under-276 was six strokes behind Jason Day.

Spieth, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, would’ve made $91,185.71 had he turned pro last week. However, he’s planning to wait through another year of high school, then attend the University of Texas.

Spieth has already gotten a sponsor’s exemption to play in Memphis next month. Beforehand, he’ll play an American Junior Golf Association event in Arizona next week. Then he has finals.

Day nearly withdrew on Thursday morning because he felt so ill. He ended up sharing the lead after the first round and was within striking distance all week.

Following Day, was a second place tie between Brian Gay and Jeff Overton.

Byron Nelson Championship leaders: Beckman, Adams

compiled from staff and wire reports

The 2010 Byron Nelson Championship is a little different than in years past. This tournament is lacking the big names but it has a 16-year-old who made the cut; a 34-year-old rookie and the only recognizable golfer this week has been 47-year-old Steve Elkington.

16-year-old Jordan Spieth took time off from being a junior in high school to make his PGA Tour debut, becoming the first high school golfer to take on the pros in Irving, Texas since Tiger Woods in 1993. Woods didn’t make the cut in those days, but Spieth did it with ease on Friday, becoming the sixth youngest player to do so at a Tour event

Cameron Beckman (PGA)

47-year-old Steve Elkington got into the field as an alternate, when another golfer dropped out. He then shot a 66 to become part of a seven-way tie for the lead. He folloews with another 66, putting him two shots behind the lead.

Elkington first played the Byron Nelson back in 1987. He was once a star on Tour, winning 10 PGA events in the 1990′s, including a major. He hasn’t won since 1999, and hasn’t finished better than 54th on the money list, instead finishing in the 100′s.

34-year-old Blake Adams is a rookie who spent the last three years on the Nationwide Tour who has a career story worth listening, no matter how sad it is about perseverance. He was a part of that cluster at the top after the first round, then put up six birdies on his way to a 64 and a 10-under 130 and a share of the second-round lead.

Adams is from Georgia. He has had bad rotator cuffs and broken bones that have slowed his career. He has had a bulging disk in his back, bone spurs, a cyst and a hip that needs to be replaced.

Blake Adams (PGA)

Cameron Beckman and Jason Day are somewhat recognizable names.

Beckman won a PGA tour event for the first time a few months ago, but that was against a weak field and he has struggled every week since. He started Friday down around the cutline, but walked off the course with the lead.

Beckman finished his delayed opening round with a pair of birdies that turned a 1-over into a 1-under 69, then shot a 61, tying the TPC Four Seasons course record setting a personal best. He’s tied for first with Adams; Day is a stroke behind and Spieth is tied for 22nd, 3-under 137. Not bad for a teenager in a major golf tournament.

Day is a 22-year-old Australian who has been set back due to illnessess.

The 2010 winner of the Byron Nelson will not be a household name but will definitely have a unique story to tell.

PGA TOUR AND LPGA TOUR NEWS:Texas Open , Bell Micro Classic

compiled from staff, wire and PGA and LPGA reports

Rain washed out the second round of the Texas Open on Friday, and PGA officials said more bad weather this weekend could push the tournament in Monday.

There were more than three inches of rain soaked the Oaks Course TPC San Antonio, where leader Matt Jones and the rest of the field never got on the course.

Matt Jones (pga)

Jones, the 30-year Australian, shot a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to finish with the first opening-round lead of his career. He has four top-10 finishes in 2010 but has yet to win on tour.

Se Ri Pak shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome and Wendy Ward in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Pak, who opened on the 10th tee, had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her final nine holes to top the second round leaderboard at 9-under par on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Pak won events in 2001 and 2002.

Se Ri Pak (LPGA)

Several of the players wore purple ribbons and wristbands with “EB” and a heart honoring Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old tour player who was found dead in suburban Las Vegas on Sunday. The course flag was at half-staff. There is still no word on the cause of death.

Valero Texas Open leader is Matt Jones

compiled from staff, wire and PGA Tour news

Matt Jones eagled the par- 5 14th hole and finished the opening round with a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Jones birdied three of the four par 3′s.

Matt Jones (pga)

A 30-year-old Australian, Jones also has four birdies in a back- nine 30 on the Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, the tournament’s new site after 15 years at La Cantera.

Paul Stankowski opened with a 67, and J.B. Holmes, Matt Weinbring, Charley Hoffman and Steve Lowery had 68′s.

Ernie Els, a two-time winner this year, had a 72. He was 3 under on the final five holes, making a tap-in putt for eagle on 14 after a 293-yard second shot.

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