Bud Cauley and Marco Dawson share the first-round lead at The McGladrey Classic.
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open.
The development was not entirely unexpected. Love withdrew prior to the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard after hurting his rib on Friday “swinging too hard at buried lies,” he later tweeted. Love said he was having a bone scan on Monday.
Late Monday evening Love tweeted congratulations to Tiger Woods for breaking a 30-month victory drought at Bay Hill and his long-time friend Fred Couples, who won on the Champions Tour Sunday.
“And I am out with a cracked rib, hopefully not too long,” Love tweeted.
Marco Dawson replaced Love in the field at Redstone Golf Club.
Marco Dawson has been to the final stage of q-school before -- 11 times to be exact.
While that’s a somewhat dubious honor, experience goes a long way and so far Dawson has been able to use to it his advantage. The 48-year-old is near the top of the leaderboard at PGA West, where he’s tied for the lead at 13 under after playing his first six holes on the Stadium Course in even par.
Dawson spent this past season on the Nationwide Tour, where he earned just over $156,000 and finished 32nd on the money list -- only the top 25 are guaranteed PGA TOUR cards for 2012 and Dawson missed that mark by about $24,000.
The other thing Dawson has working for him is that he’s twice made it through q-school at PGA West. If he keeps playing the way he is, the third time will certainly be a charm.