PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – During his most dominant years, Tiger Woods did plenty to help the cause of the U.S. Open qualifier.
He was winning so many majors and was a perennial No. 1 in the ranking and money lists that he effectively created extra spots that were awarded to sectional qualifying sites. The U.S. Open reserves spots for the previous five winners of the Masters, British Open and PGA Championship, and the 10 previous winners of the U.S. Open.
For the 2009 tournament, as an example, Woods had won three of the last 10 U.S. Opens, one of the last five Masters, and two each of the previous five British Opens and PGAs. Throw in the other criteria (top 30 on the money list, multiple winners, world ranking) and Woods created an additional 12 spots in qualifying.
This year, mainly because of his drought in the majors, Woods has created an additional four spots. He likely could create a fifth spot if he's not healthy enough to play.
CVS CHARITY CLASSIC: Steve Stricker returns to defend the only title he won last year in the CVS Charity Classic.
The 36-hole event hosted by Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade is at Rhode Island Country Club on June 23-24, right after the U.S. Women's Open. Stricker won last year with Bo Van Pelt. They will be joined by Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner, along with Juli Inkster and Lexi Thompson from the LPGA Tour. Inkster was the first female to play and is competing for the seventh year. Peter Jacobsen will be playing for the 16th straight time.
The event has raised more than $17 million for New England charities.
GRIMM DIES AT 91: Dick Grimm, a golf executive who helped grow the sport in Canada, has died. He was 91.
Golf Canada says he died Monday.
Grimm played a key role in building Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, and retaining Jack Nicklaus as the course architect.
Between 1965 and 1981, Grimm was chairman of the Canadian Open eight times. In 1983, he became director of professional tournaments for the Royal Canadian Golf Association, now Golf Canada. He held that position until 1993 when he became the Canadian Tour's commissioner. That year he was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1993.
A memorial service is Friday in Thornhill, Ontario.
DIVOTS: BMW of North America has extended its title sponsorship on the PGA Tour for five more years through 2015. The BMW Championship, the third of the FedEx Cup playoff events, will be played this year at Cherry Hills outside Denver. ... Rick Singer, vice president of client executive marketing at IBM, has been appointed president and CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Singer starts his job next week. He replaces Greg McLaughlin, who left after nearly two decades to become an executive with the PGA Tour. ... Luke Donald's wife went into labor a month early and delivered their third daughter, Georgina Campbell, last Friday. Donald was playing the BMW PGA Championship in England and could not get back to Chicago in time. He finished out the tournament and tied for third. ... Jessica Korda's victory at the Airbus LPGA Classic in Alabama means Americans now have won seven of the 12 tournaments on the LPGA Tour this year.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Adam Scott was the third player in the last 15 years to win the week after becoming No. 1 in the world for the first time. The others were Vijay Singh at the 2004 Canadian Open and David Duval at the 1999 BellSouth Classic.
FINAL WORD: "We're nearly halfway through the season. I feel like mine is just beginning." – Rory McIlroy after his win in the BMW PGA Championship.