Launched: An online petition to get Hosung Choi, the South Korean nicknamed “The Fisherman” for his dancing whirlybird finish to his swing, a sponsor exemption into the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The petition, initiated at change.org by Derek Deminsky, the director of instruction at Forty Niner Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., calls Choi “the greatest showman in the game.” Choi, who plays primarily on the Japan Tour, won the Casio World Open in November and has risen to a career-high No. 202 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Announced: By Padraig Harrington on his website, that he will miss the next month of competition after he broke a wrist during a fall down stairs last month at his home. Harrington, 47, a three-time major champion from Dublin, Ireland, was scheduled to play European Tour events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this month but hopes to return for the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Feb. 7-10. He is expected to be named Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain at a European Tour news conference Tuesday.
Withdrew: Kevin Na, before play began Thursday in the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, citing a broken right pinky finger. Na, 35, a South Korea native who grew up in California, said he broke the digit last week. He ended his pro-am round Wednesday after 12 holes because of pain. Na’s withdrawal trimmed the winner’s-only field at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course to 33.