Sky Sports reports this week that the 2010 Masters runner-up and golf’s current world’s #4, Lee Westwood, was not offered a spot in the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Classic (June 10-13) field in Memphis despite John Daly being invited to play in the tournament.
Westwood will compete against Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson this weekend at the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina, but had “hoped to warm up for the season’s second major (U.S. Open) at Pebble Beach by competing at the St Jude Classic.”
In the last five years, Daly’s best finish in Memphis is a tie for 59th in 2009. He missed the cut in ‘08, finished 79th in ‘07, withdrew in ‘06 and tied for 72nd in ‘05.
Westwood has finished second (in the Masters), and tied for third twice in golf’s last three major championships. He’s made the cut in 13 of 13 events since the beginning of ‘09.
So why was Westwood not invited? He said today that one of his sponsorship deals was the reason. Read more…