INSIDE THE FIELD: Field updates from the HP Byron Nelson Championship
By Michael Curet, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Patrick Reed earned his third straight Monday qualifier berth on the PGA TOUR this year, firing a 64 at Lantana Golf Club to secure a spot in this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship field.
The 21-year-old native of San Antonio, Texas and former Augusta State golfer is trying to make his fourth consecutive cut on the PGA TOUR. He finished T35 in the Valero Texas Open, T23 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and T32 at the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago at Quail Hollow.
Shooting 5-under 67 to join Reed in the field as qualifiers were PGA teaching professional Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas and former PGA TOUR member Todd Demsey of Scottsdale, Ariz.. Three-time PGA TOUR winner Robert Gamez shot 4-under and earned the final spot in the field in a playoff with Samuel Cyr, Cole Moreland, and Chris Thompson.
Deane will be returning to his home course at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Las Calinas, where he made the cut in 2008. The 40-year-old Australian spent a number of years on the Australasian Tour before settling in Texas.
Demsey, who turns 40 later this month, was a member of the PGA TOUR in 1997 and 2008, in addition to playing nine straight years on the Nationwide Tour, coming back after two surgeries to remove a brain tumor in 2002 and 2003. He tied for second on the in the 1996 Nike Monterrey Open and at the Buy.com Virginia Beach Open. In his only Nationwide Tour start in 2012, he missed the cut at the Chitamacha Louisiana Open.
The 43-year-old Gamez won twice in 1990 on TOUR (Northern Telecom Tucson Open, Nestle Invitational) and came back in 2005 to win the Valero Texas Open. The TOUR veteran has eight runner-up finishes and has made 271 cuts in 529 events played during his career.
This year, Gamez has played in four PGA TOUR events, with his only cut made coming at the Puerto Rico Open (T58). His most recent top-10 finish on PGA TOUR came two years ago, when he tied for fifth at the Reno-Tahoe Open.