By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The Frys.com Open is Spencer Levin's first PGA TOUR start since last year's Deutsche Bank Championship. He's competing this season on a major medical extension that will require him to make $595,483 in 28 starts to retain his TOUR card.
Levin, 29, is off to a good start in his first TOUR start in more than a year. He shot 71-65 to sit in 11th place after two rounds at CordeValle. He played in eight Web.com Tour events in 2013, finishing in the top-25 four times. He lost a playoff to Kevin Tway at the Albertsons Boise Open and nearly earned a TOUR card at the Web.com Tour Finals after a T-7 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Open. He finished 55th in the Web.com Tour Finals priority rankings; the top 50 earned PGA TOUR cards for this season. Levin still has TOUR status because of the medical extension, though.
The end of 2012 was difficult for Levin. His step-brother, Blake Wiklund, died last August. Levin had surgery Oct. 4, 2012, to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. His s
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Spencer Levin will play in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on June 3.
It will be the first time Levin has played competitively this year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligmanet in his left thumb last fall.
Levin, who spent Tuesday racing around Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 2013 Indianapolis 500 qualifier and IZOD teammate A.J. Allmendinger, said he also plans to play some Web.com Tour events beginning in late August.
The U.S. Open will take place June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club.
Last season, Levin had a half-dozen top 25s in 26 starts and finished 45th in the FedExCup standings. He made just under $1.3 million.
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Spencer Levin will miss the remainder of the 2012 PGA TOUR season after having surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Levin had the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Stephen Shin, on Tuesday at the KerlanJobe Clinic in Los Angeles. Levin, who is in his fourth full season on the PGA TOUR in 2012, posted three top-10s and finished 83rdin the FedExCup standings.
"It was a weird deal," Levin said. "I was just playing golf with my buddies and hit a shot and felt something pop in between my wrist and thumb. After seeing Dr. Shin, I elected to have surgery so I can be back for the start of the 2013 FedExCup season.
“I’m disappointed I am missing some of my favorite tournaments during the fall and was ready to go until getting injured."
The injury occurred on Sept. 17 in Sacramento. According to Levin's agent, Kevin Canning, the surgeon said the ligament was completely detached.
"Spencer is hopeful to resume full golf activity in eight weeks and should be cleared to play in 10 to 12 weeks," Canning said. "His goal is to be back in time for the Sony Open (in Hawaii).”
NORTON, Mass. -- Spencer Levin withdrew from the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday after completing his first round.
Levin cited personal reasons for his early exit. He was playing for the first time since the death of his step-brother Blake Wiklund, who was six months older than Levin, on Aug. 18. The funeral was held last Friday.
“I was thinking about playing this weekend and I just figured he would have wanted me to play,” Levin told the Golf Channel on Wednesday. “I hadn’t played any golf at home last week and just wanted to get out of the house and try to get away for a little bit and clear my head.
“I know it’s going to be hard because I think about him all the time.”
Levin, who shot 80 on Friday at TPC Boston, came into the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 66th in the FedExCup standings. He will not earn any points this week and was projected No. 86 after the first round.
Only the top 70 when the Deutsche Bank Championship concludes on Monday advance to next week's BMW Championship.
Spencer Levin, who was entered the first leg of the FedExCup Playoffs ranked 45th in the points, will miss The Barclays after the death of his brother, Blake.
Levin did not play in last week's Wyndham Championship.
Kevin Canning, Levin's agent, released this statement Monday afternoon:
"Spencer Levin has withdrawn from The Barclays due to sudden passing of his brother Blake. The Levin family is touched by and appreciative of the ongoing support they have received. Spencer will be returning to the PGA TOUR as soon as time and family will allow."
The Barclays field now stands at 123 . Jason Dufner had already announced that he was skipping the FedExCup Playoffs opener.
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- For the second time this year, Spencer Levin saw his shot at that elusive first PGA TOUR victory unravel on the back nine.
On Sunday, Levin, who started the final round of the Memorial Tournament with a one-stroke lead, birdied his first hole, then ran off eight straight pars and was still ahead by two strokes when he made the turn. That lead evaporated, though, with a back-nine 40 as the indomitable Tiger Woods charged to his 73rd career victory and his second in four starts.
It was an unfortunate case of deja vu for Levin who had taken a six-stroke lead into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February only to shoot another 75 that included a back nine 39. Kyle Stanley was the winner there, a week after he, too, had squandered the final-round lead.
"I don't know," the disappointed Levin said. "I just got to find a way to get a little tougher there on the back nine. That's it. I've just got to find a way to trust myself a little more. The mind starts wandering, and it's easy to do. I tried my hardest obviously ... just got to drive it better. That's the bottom line. Today if I would have drove it well on the back nine, I would have had a chance to win."
Levin missed four fairways on the back nine Sunday and hit just 50 percent for the day. He made three bogeys, one double bogey and just one birdie in his final nine holes.
At the same time, Levin led the field in strokes gained-putting and putts per round while finishing second in putts per green in regulation.
""Maybe just a couple of doubts here and there in your swing
once in a while," Levin said. "I don't know. I didn't have it on
the back nine. Everything was fine going to 10, and bad swing on
10, bad swing on 11, still made par, bad swing on 13, bad swing on
12. Bad swing on 17.
"I mean, I knew Tiger was going to play good today. He always does. And I knew Rory (Sabbatini) would play good, too, and Rickie (Fowler). I figured everybody would play good like they always do.
"I'm not naïve. I knew I had to play good to win. If I would have shot under par today, I would have won. I mean, the course is hard, but I knew I was going to have to play well, and under par today would have been a really good round. That's just the way it is out here. You've got to have one real low one and then two good ones or play every round good pretty much to win out here."
Levin said he was headed back to the hotel to get some much needed sleep. He'll be playing in a 36-hole qualifer for the U.S. Open on Monday at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
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