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Accepted: By Akshay Bhatia, a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open on Sept. 26-29 in Napa, Calif., where the 17-year-old will make his professional debut. Bhatia, of Wake Forest, N.C., had announced in May that he would skip college and turn pro in the fall. He recently became the youngest U.S. player named to the Walker Cup team, which will play Great Britain & Ireland on Sept. 7-8. Bhatia won the Jones Cup in February and is No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.


Reduced: By the PGA Tour, the number of players to make the 36-hole cut, from 70 and ties to 65 and ties, beginning next season. Also, the secondary cut, which had been applied after 54 holes when there were 78 or more players to make the 36-hole cut, has been eliminated.


Promoted: John Kawaja, to president of North American operations at Honma Golf. Kawaja, the former executive vice president, replaces Mark King, who left to become chief executive officer at Taco Bell. King is the former chief of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf who led record growth in equipment sales but pushed the ill-fated grow-the-game initiative of Hack Golf, which touted the use of 15-inch cups. He left Adidas as president in 2018.