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Westwood will forego 2015-16 TOUR membership 09-02-2015
Lee Westwood
Although eligible for fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16, Lee Westwood will not accept membership.

Golfweek.com
This is the word from International Sports Management (via Golfweek.com) for whom Westwood is a client. The Englishman is also going through a divorce and will instead focus on the European Tour in what will be a Ryder Cup year. He went 13-for-15 on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 with one top 10 and another seven top 25s before finishing 109th in the FedExCup standings. As a non-member, the 42-year-old will be capped at 12 starts plus special invitations into the majors and THE PLAYERS.
Will Wilcox (knee) WDs from DBC; season over 09-02-2015
Will Wilcox
Will Wilcox has withdrawn from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship due to an injury to his right knee.

WillWilcoxGolf.com
In a descriptive entry on his website, Wilcox wrote, "On Monday morning of this week, I slammed my right knee into the dash of my rental car, which was set up much differently than my car, while getting in to drive to a fundraiser golf event outside of Atlanta. After attempting to treat it myself with rest and ice, the pain and swelling continued. Over the past few days, I have sought out multiple medical opinions. ... After appointments, X-Ray and a MRI, we have found deep bruising to my patellar tendon, which explains the current pain and difficultly in applying weight to my right knee and leg." At 89th in the FedExCup standings, he will not advance in the Playoffs. "The 2015-16 season will be here very soon," he added. "I am looking forward to getting 100% healthy, rested and prepared for full status on the PGA TOUR for next season and beyond."
Jamieson hoping to challenge again in Russia 09-02-2015
Scott Jamieson
Scott Jamieson was third in last year's Russian Open and heads to Moscow this week to try his luck again.

EuropeanTour.com
That result -- his best finish of 2014 -- came at Tseleevo while gamers should note that his only other visit to the country resulted in a sixth place at a Challenge Tour event in 2010. He'll be seeing a new course this week as the tournament moves to Skolkovo Golf Club. Jamieson has made his last three cuts on the European Tour to move into the top 100 of the Race To Dubai but, at No. 98, he still has a way to go to secure a place in the top 60 who will contest the season finale in Dubai.
Meesawat looking for improved Russia finish 09-02-2015
Prom Meesawat
Prom Meesawat has finished T38 on both his previous appearances at the M2M Russian Open and will have another crack this year.

EuropeanTour.com
The first came at Le Meridien in 2007 and he repeated the feat at Tseleevo six years later. He'll try his luck again at Skolkovo Golf Club this week, a Jack Nicklaus-designed par 71. The Thai has mostly been playing on the Challenge Tour this summer and enjoyed success with a second place at the Scottish Challenge. He did get a European Tour start at the Czech Masters last week but had to settle for T63. He'll tee off on Thursday alongside the last two winners of this event, Michael Hoey and David Horsey.
E. Molinari looking to find spark in Russia 09-02-2015
Edoardo Molinari
Edoardo Molinari sits at 146th on the Race To Dubai heading into this week's M2M Russian Open in Moscow.

EuropeanTour.com
At his best, the Italian would be one of the fancied runners at Skolkovo Golf Club but continues to struggle for consistency. He has made his last two cuts but closed with a 75 to slip to T53 in the European Masters in Switzerland and a Sunday 76 left him T81 in the Made In Denmark two weeks ago. The qualification process for the 2016 Ryder Cup begins this week so, perhaps fuelled by his memories of playing in the 2010 edition at Celtic Manor, Molinari can bank some early points. He's taken part in this tournament just once but missed the cut in the 2008 event.
Kieffer hoping to keep streak going in Russia 09-02-2015
Maximilian Kieffer
Maximilian Kieffer is listed as the favorite for victory with UK bookmakers going into this week's M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club.

EuropeanTour.com
That's hardly a surprise in such a weak field as the German has made 19 cuts out of 19 in strokeplay events this season and is 46th on the Race To Dubai. All he lacks is a first European Tour win so this looks an obvious chance for him to make the big breakthrough. He played in this tournament at Tseleevo 12 months ago and finished tied eighth so has some past form in Russia. The only concern for gamers is that Kieffer hasn't played a strokeplay event for six weeks after taking time out to refresh his batteries.