Prugh Falls Victim to New PGA Rule

Jan. 16, 2010

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Alex Prugh's stellar professional debut on the PGA Tour came to an unexpected end on Saturday. Alex Prugh fell victim to the PGA Tour's new MDF rule (made cut, did not finish) and will not advance to the final round of the Sony Open at Waialae Course in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Prugh made the original cut after two rounds, and shot an even par 70 in Saturday's second round to end the day tied for 72nd at 211.

Under the PGA Tour's new rule, the top 70 and ties make the cut, but if the field exceeds 78 only those nearest to 70 continue the tournment. So, the cut line moved to the final seven golfers that tied for 65th and Prugh's tournament was over because of one stroke.

Prugh joins eight other golfers - including Sean O'Hair, Jonathan Byrd, Frederik Jacobson and Ben Curtis - who all were sent home early because of the new rule. Prugh will still earn prize money for his three days of work.

Ryan Palmer and Robert Allenby share the lead after three rounds at 11-under.

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