Notebook: Jacobson ekes into Match Play, Doral and Masters next on list

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Fredrik Jacobson is ranked No. 66 in the world, and a good showing could help him crack the top 50 and get into next World Golf Championship and possibly into Augusta National.

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 11:54 p.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Fredrik Jacobson didn't realize how close he came to qualifying for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and he didn't really care. He has struggled with back injuries during his career, so he was mostly happy to feel healthy and tie for seventh at Pebble Beach.

It worked out well in the end.

Jacobson missed out on the last spot at Match Play by 0.0002 points when Patrick Reed birdied the last hole to share seventh place. Two days later, however, Brandt Snedeker withdrew from the Match Play with sore ribs, and Jacobson was in.

He is No. 66 in the world, and a good showing could help him crack the top 50 and get into next World Golf Championship at Doral, and possibly work his way to Augusta National.

"There's a lot of points to play for," Jacobson said. "Any week if you play well or have a really good week, you're going to make a jump. Obviously, a week where you're getting a chance to play it's going to make a difference. It's another opportunity. It's a good time in the year for me to get to play quite a bit of golf."

Jacobson has played the Match Play twice, both times when it was at La Costa. He lost to Tiger Woods in the third round in 2004, and to Chad Campbell in the opening round the following year.

CHOI AWARD: K.J. Choi has been selected to receive the Charlie Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America, which honors a professional golfer for unselfish contributions for the betterment of society.

The 42-year-old from South Korea founded the K.J. Choi Foundation in 2007 to help children and communities break the cycle of hopelessness and achieve their dreams. His reach has extended to scholarships and global aid for hurricane and tsunami victims.

"I would like to thank all of those who have supported me," Choi said. "Without them, I would never have been able to be in a position to be helping others. Although I feel that I haven't done that much, I am honored to be recognized for my actions. This is the first award of any sort that I have received during my 13-year career on the PGA Tour and I feel that much honored to be receiving an award for my charitable actions rather than my play."

His eight wins include The Players Championship -- he donated $200,000 of his paycheck to victims of the tornadoes that hit the southeastern U.S. that year -- and Choi has played on three Presidents Cup teams.

He will be honored April 10 at the GWAA Annual Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga.

DIVOTS: Retief Goosen needed only one tournament to get the $76,336 required while playing on a major medical exemption. Goosen missed the last three months of the year after back surgery. He tied for ninth at Pebble Beach and earned $175,500. ... Four players who started the year outside the top 100 qualified for the 64-man field at the Match Play Championship -- Richard Sterne (154), Russell Henley (131), Charles Howell III (117) and Chris Wood (139). Howell is the only one who moved into the top 64 without winning a tournament. He lost in a playoff at the Humana Challenge, tied for third at the Sony Open and tied for ninth at Torrey Pines. ... The winner of the Gateway Classic on the LPGA Tour's developmental tour will earn a spot in the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix. ... Lydia Ko, who won the Canadian Women's Open last year, is among nine amateurs who were invited to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA Tour major of the year.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Americans have won 16 consecutive PGA Tour events on the West Coast Swing dating to Luke Donald of England winning the 2011 Match Play Championship.

FINAL WORD: "The beauty of our sport is that you're only one week away." -- Joe Durant, playing on limited status this year as a past champion.