PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL -- Stephen Gallacher, a three-time winner on the European Tour and the 37th-ranked player in the World Golf Ranking, has been given the final exemption to play in next week's Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Gallacher recently won a Sunday duel with Rory McIlroy at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which earned him a spot in all four of this season's majors and World Golf Championship events as well as The Player's Championship, in addition to The Honda Classic exemption. He is a European Tour veteran, the nephew of former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, who has been playing his best golf over the past year after going nine years between victories. His Dubai win was his second in a row at that event and he is fighting for a spot on the European Ryder Cup team. 2013 runnerup Geoff Ogilvy also was a late addition into the Honda Classic field.
Gallacher joins a World Class line-up that includes the top eight players in the World -- No. 1 Tiger Woods, No. 2 Adam Scott, No. 3 Henrik Stenson, No. 4 Phil Mickelson, No. 5 Justin Rose, No. 6 Rory McIlroy, No. 7 Zach Johnson, and No. 8 Sergio Garcia.
Other Top 35-ranked players in the field are Charl Schwartzel (No. 16), Graeme McDowell (No. 17), 2006 Honda champ Luke Donald (No. 21), Hideki Matsuyama (No. 22), Keegan Bradley (No. 25), Thomas Bjorn (No. 26), Jamie Donaldson (No. 28), Lee Westwood (No. 32), and Louis Oosthuizen (No. 35).
In addition to Gallacher, Donaldson and Bjorn, the Honda Classic is also granting sponsor's exemptions to Matteo Manassero (No. 50), Peter Uihlein (No. 68), Brooks Koepka (No. 69) and Jesper Parnevik.
Other players who have committed include Robert Allenby, 1997 Honda champ Stuart Appleby, Angel Cabrera, two-time Honda winner Mark Calcavecchia (1987 and 1998), Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Erik Compton, Rickie Fowler, Retief Goosen, 2005 champ Padraig Harrington, 2000 Honda champ Dudley Hart, Charles Howell III, Trevor Immelman, Davis Love III, Martin Kaymer, Sean O'Hair, 2011 Honda champ Rory Sabbatini, 1999 Honda champion Vijay Singh, 2010 Honda champ Camilo Villegas, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson and 2009 Honda champion Y.E. Yang.
"It's our best field ever," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "When the top 8 players in the World decide to come to play in the event, it is a testament to the growth of the tournament and an endorsement of all of the things we have been striving to accomplish with The Honda Classic over the past several years.
"Not only do the leading players in the World love playing here, but even our Monday Qualifier for the final four spots in the tournament will probably be the most competitive of the year on the PGA TOUR. PGA National is a championships level golf course and The Honda Classic has become a premier event in the world. That's a great combination."
Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2014 Honda Classic are on sale at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-866-846-6328. Proceeds from The Honda Classic, an IMG-managed event, benefit Children's Healthcare Charity, which awarded a record $2.13 million to South Florida children's charities in 2013.
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