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It chose the seven events because that’s the limit for sponsor’s exemptions for players who are not members.

The most confusing situation was in 2010, when Rickie Fowler won the award over Rory McIlroy, even though McIlroy had the stronger credentials (starting with a victory at Quail Hollow). It was seen as a pro-American vote by the players, although it was confusing because McIlroy had played in all the majors and World Golf Championships the previous year.

Under the new definition, McIlroy would not have been eligible for the award in 2010.

Previous rookie winners have been Trevor Immelman in 2006 and Carlos Franco in 1999. Both won rookie of the year after having played in the Presidents Cup.

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BEST WITHOUT A MAJOR: Lee Westwood can officially be considered the best player to have never won a major.

Sergio Garcia is right behind.

Westwood now has played 60 majors without winning, the most of anyone among active players. He has seven finishes in the top 3, including runner-up finishes in the Masters, British Open. He also missed a playoff by one shot in the 2008 U.S. Open and 2009 British Open.

He tied for eighth in the Masters this year.

Garcia has played in 58 majors without winning, and he has the distinction of the longest active streak of consecutive majors played at 55. Garcia lost the 2007 British Open in a playoff, and he was runner-up twice in the PGA Championship. He also tied for eighth at Augusta, despite a 66 in the first round for the outright lead.

Both are closing in on Tom Kite, who played 63 majors as a pro before he won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he was 42.

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USGA RETIREMENT: The USGA is losing 50 years of experience and passion when Rhonda Glenn retires on May 9.

Glenn’s affiliation with the USGA began in 1963 when she played the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur, the first of her 11 USGA events, which included five U.S. Women’s Amateurs. Over the years, she has expanded her role as a writer, broadcaster and historian, and she later became a fixture running interviews at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Perhaps her most impressive feat was helping to pull together the Mickey Wright Room for the USGA Museum. Glenn is a longtime friend of Wright, considered by many to be the greatest female ever. It was the USGA Museum’s first room to honor a female player.

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