Declined: To play in this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Tiger Woods. The decision likely means that Woods will not play a tournament between his Masters victory on April 14 and the PGA Championship in two weeks. Woods won the Charlotte, N.C., stop in 2007. The AT&T Byron Nelson is scheduled next week, but Woods traditionally does not compete in the week before a major championship. Woods won the 1997 Nelson and played the Fort Worth, Texas, stop annually early in his career, but he hasn’t played in the Nelson since 2005.
Accepted: By Stacy Lewis, a special exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open as the U.S. Golf Association reviews its maternity policy, Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols reported. Lewis, who went on maternity leave last year ahead of the birth of her first child in October, had fallen out of the top 50 in the Rolex Rankings upon returning to competition. On April 17, the close of entries for the USWO, she was ranked 65th and no longer exempt for the tournament. Lewis appealed to the USGA, which extended her an exemption into the May 30-June 2 event at Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina. In a statement, the USGA said it has “decided to revisit our existing policy.” Brittany Lincicome and Sarah Jane Smith have opted to defer their exemptions until 2020. Lincicome, who is expecting her first child Sept. 1, also was offered an exemption into this year’s tournament and is reconsidering whether she will accept, according to the USGA.
Exposed: Slow players on the European Tour, by Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, who released a list of the tour’s slow-play violators via Twitter. Molinari, the older brother of reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari, tweeted a list of the tour’s slow-play miscreants through April 22 and vowed an update in late June. Said Molinari, 38, a three-time winner on the tour, in his tweet: “It’s time that professional golf does something serious for slow play ... 5h30min to play 18 holes on a golf course without rough is just too long ... way too long!” In response, Graeme McDowell told Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine that Molinari is “flogging a dead horse,” adding: “There’s just no way to speed the game up, really. You can try these small percentiles, but at the end of the day, it’s very hard to get around a 7,600-yard golf course with tucked pins with a three-ball in less than 4:45, 5 hours. You can’t do it.”