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He was on the bag with Westwood when the Englishman had five top 3s in the majors over a four-year period and reached No. 1 in the world.


WEB.COM CHANGES: Starting next year, the top 65 and ties will make the cut in Tour events, an increase from top 60 and ties. The change was approved in the latest policy board meeting.

Also, the policy board decided that the PGA Tour China series will provide a full card for the winner of that tour, with the next four players on the money list in China earning conditional status on the That’s how it also works on the Canadian and Latin American circuits run by the PGA Tour.


DIVOTS: Along with winning PGA Tour player of the year, Woods picked up another award last week. The Tiger Woods Learning Center won the Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association, recognizing excellence in education. … The second part of the Sam Snead Collection is going up for auction Dec. 6-7 in Dallas. Among items up for bid are his 1949 Masters trophy and his 1951 Ryder Cup captain’s trophy. The first auction in Chicago brought in $1.1 million, which included his 1954 Masters trophy, the lone claret jug he won at St. Andrews and the gold medal from his first PGA Championship title. … British Open qualifying gets underway this week at the Australian Open. The leading three players from the top 10 and ties who aren’t already eligible will earn a spot at Royal Liverpool next summer. … The PGA of America approved a five-year contract extension for chief executive Pete Bevacqua. In his first year, Bevacqua oversaw a TV deal with NBC Sports through the 2030 Ryder Cup and brought the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup to Bethpage Black.


STAT OF THE WEEK: The top 25 players in the women’s world ranking are from 11 countries.


FINAL WORD: “Sports are at their absolute best … when the best athletes in that sport are having the best years of their lives.” _ LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan.

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