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Houston Open gives sponsor exemption to local player

Texas sophomore Cole Hammer will play in hometown event next week

Accepted: A sponsor exemption into the Houston Open next week, by Texas sophomore Cole Hammer, who grew up in Houston. Hammer issued a tweet with the news. The Houston Open will be played Oct. 10-13 at the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course. Hammer’s only appearance in a PGA Tour event came in 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old but missed the cut. He is the No. 2 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Announced: By the European Tour, its complete schedule for the 2019-20 season, through the Nov. 19-22 DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The season begins Nov. 28 with events on two continents: the Hong Kong Open and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. The tour season will feature 46 tournaments in 29 countries, highlighted by the 149th British Open on July 16-19 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England.

Disclosed: By Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, that he recently underwent stem-cell treatment on his left knee. Koepka, 29, who will be making his 2019-20 season debut today at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, said he was treated Aug. 26, the day after the Tour Championship, in Orlando, Fla., for a partially torn patellar tendon. “I can finally practice again, which is nice, without pain,” he said.


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