Lowry nabs last spot at next week's Accenture Match Play Championshiptext sizeFebruary 11, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Shane Lowry got into the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship by the slimmest of margins, all because of a birdie putt thousands of miles away from his home in Ireland.
Patrick Reed holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a two-way tie for seventh with Fredrik Jacobson. That meant Jacobson moved up only to No. 66 in the Official World Golf Ranking by 0.0002 points behind Lowry.
Sunday was the final day to qualify for the 64-man field on Feb. 20-24 in Arizona. The top 65 are eligible because Phil Mickelson has said he would not be playing.
Richard Sterne qualified earlier Sunday by winning the Joburg Open in South Africa, going from No. 94 to No. 55 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The seeds will not be determined until after next week's tournaments.