February 12 2013
By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.com Contributor
Blayne Barber, who disqualified himself from last fall's qualifying school after clipping a loose impediment in a hazard and signing an incorrect scorecard, gets to play in his first PGA TOUR event this week.
Barber fired a 7-under 65 to top the leaderboard in the Monday qualifier for the Northern Trust Open at Industry Hills Golf Club’s Eisenhower Course to earn one of four spots in this week’s field. Robert Streb shot 66, while Cameron Beckman and Scott Harrington both shot 67 to also earn berths.
Barber, a Lake City, Fla., native who turned 23 last Christmas, turned pro after his junior year at Auburn. He competed in two Web.com Tour events last fall after turning professional, tying for 33rd at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational and sharing 15th at the Winn Dixie Open presented by Planters.
Barber is no stranger to Riviera. He played his final tournament for Auburn there, tying for seventh at even par at the 2012 NCAA Championship.
Streb, a 25-year-old former Kansas State golfer and Oklahoma native, started the 2013 season by making the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii and finishing 73rd. The tie for 16th at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation is his career-best on TOUR. He missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Last year, Streb had seven top 10s on the Web.com Tour, including a win at the Mylan Classic, on his way to earning his TOUR card by finishing seventh on the money list.
Beckman, a three-time winner on TOUR who made 14 of 26 cuts in 2012, played last week at Pebble Beach but missed the cut.
Harrington made his first cut on TOUR in 2006 at the John Deere Classic and is making his third career start on TOUR. The 31-year-old, who played with Luke Donald at Northwestern, spent 2004 and 2008 on the Web.com Tour.