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Continued: A big week for Wie, Pressel in their bid to get on Solheim Cup team

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 2:45 PM

Topping the list was Steve Stricker, which would come as little surprise. But the magazine put together criteria and surveyed a variety of people who could best answer the questions — tournament directors, locker room attendants, players, caddies, media, golf administrators and tournament volunteers. They were asked to score active players they know personally from 1 (awful) to 10 (great).

The criteria included the players' personal involvement in charity, being friendly to fans, gracious to the "little people" (drivers, attendants, volunteers), being nice when no one is looking, being good ambassadors for the sport, media friendly and keeping their entourages friendly.

Stricker had an average score of 9.25.

Rounding out the top 10 were Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Joe Durant, Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson. Five of them are in the top 10 in the world ranking. The one that stands out his Joe Durant, who lost his card and played this year through limited status as a past champion and on the Web.com Tour. Durant's "Good Guy" rating was 8.25 to rank No. 6.

The issue was made available Tuesday on tablets.

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DOWN TO THE WIRE: Brandt Snedeker's win in the Canadian Open makes him virtually a lock to end of the most peculiar streaks in short history of the FedEx Cup. The defending FedEx Cup champion has never advanced to the Tour Championship the following year.

Snedeker improved to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings with 2,178 points. Only three tournaments remain before the playoffs begin. Even if he missed every cut the rest of the way, history shows his total is more than enough to crack the top 30 and get to East Lake for the Tour Championship. Besides, there is no cut at Firestone and the BMW Championship outside Chicago.

As for everyone else, the race is on to at least get to the playoffs.

Vijay Singh is at No. 138 and could lose his full card. His five-year exemption from winning the FedEx Cup in 2008 runs out this year, though he has two one-time exemptions from career money he can use. Padraig Harrington is at No. 123 and at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time.

Camilo Villegas, second to Singh in the FedEx Cup in '08, is at No. 113. He might not be in position to advance very far, but he would at least get his card back. Villegas played this year mainly on sponsor exemptions after failing to earn his card at Q-school.

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DIVOTS: Two of three players who used one-time exemptions from career money are assured of getting their full PGA Tour cards for next year. Jerry Kelly, who missed the top 125 by $1,809 last year, is at No. 76 in the FedEx Cup. Justin Leonard is at No. 83. The other was Mike Weir, who is at No. 169. ... Former PGA champion Y.E. Yang and two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal have been appointed captains of the Royal Trophy, matches between Asian and European players to be held Dec. 20-22 in China. ... Jeff Overton, who played on the Ryder Cup team in Wales in 2010, is the fourth alternate for the PGA Championship.

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