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Reported: That members at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., have approved $3.6 million in course upgrades as a requirement for a PGA Tour event that would be hosted by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. Kroichick, an occasional contributor to Morning Read, said that Octagon, the sports-management company that would run the tournament, would cover $2.8 million of the improvements, citing an email sent by the Lake Merced president to members. The tournament would be played in September, presumably as part of the PGA Tour’s fall wraparound schedule, which has yet to be released. Curry has played on a sponsor exemption in the past two Ellie Mae Classic tournaments on the Web.com Tour, missing the cut each year. According to the Chronicle, Curry would not play in the PGA Tour event, which would be scheduled for Sept. 19-22, one week before the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in nearby Napa.


Died: Jim Jamieson, who played nine years on the PGA Tour and won the 1972 Western Open, on Dec. 5. He was 75. Jamieson, a Michigan native, grew up in Moline, Ill., and played for 1963 NCAA-champion Oklahoma State. He was a Vietnam War veteran. After playing the Tour, Jamieson had been a head pro and instructor in his adopted home state of West Virginia.


Expanded: Two exemption categories for the U.S. Senior Open, the USGA announced. On the European senior tour, known as the Staysure Tour, the top 10 money winners (expanded from the top six) will earn exemptions. On the Japan Senior Tour, the top four money winners (expanded from the top two) will earn spots. The 2019 U.S. Senior Open will be played June 27-30 at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.


Approved: By the European senior tour, known as the Staysure Tour, that players can wear shorts during competition. The bare-legged stance made its debut during the MCB Tour Championship over the weekend in Poste de Flacq, Mauritius. Other major men’s professional tours prohibit players from wearing shorts during competition, but the European Tour recently allowed players to wear shorts during pro-am rounds, and the PGA of America lets competitors wear shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship.