The Sports Xchange

By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange

Golf notebook: Injury slows Rodgers' bid for tour card

--Patrick Rodgers, the college player of the year from Stanford, withdrew because of an injury from the Hotel Fitness Championship, opener of the Finals last week, which makes his path to the PGA Tour next season more difficult.

Rodgers, who was the top-ranked amateur in the world, could not play because of an oblique injury, which also forced him to withdraw from the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour recently.

Despite the injury, Rodgers believes he still has a chance to earn his PGA Tour card in the last three events of the Tour Finals.

"I was fortunate to get those sponsor's exemptions; they've been a steppingstone to the Tour Finals," said Rodgers, who tied Tiger Woods' Stanford record of 11 career victories. "Hopefully they'll be a steppingstone to the PGA Tour. There's a lot on the line, but I'm just going to approach these weeks like every tournament, and I'll prepare the best I can."

After turning pro in June, Rodgers made five of seven cuts in PGA Tour events while playing on sponsor exemptions and earned enough points to land inside the top 200 in the FedEx Cup standings.

That qualified him for the Tour Finals, a four-tournament series featuring the top 75 on the money list and Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup.

Twenty-five PGA Tour cards are at stake for the players who earn the most money during the four events.

Rodgers, 21, hopes to return this week for the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C.

--The Los Angeles Times reported that officials at Los Angeles Country Club reached a preliminary agreement with the United States Golf Association to hold the 2023 U.S. Open on the club's famed North Course.

It would be the first time the national championship was held in Los Angeles since Ben Hogan captured the 1948 U.S. Open at Riviera Country Club.

The agreement is contingent of a vote by the club's 1,500 members. A letter calling for such action was sent to the membership, The Times reported.

"As a general rule, the USGA keeps its site selection process confidential to protect future sites and related parties," the USGA said in a statement. "In this instance, we confirm that the USGA and Los Angeles Country Club are exploring the possibility of conducting a future U.S. Open Championship at the Club.

"There are several important steps required in the Championship selection process to ensure its success, including garnering the support of the Club's membership and evaluating the feasibility of conducting a world-class championship in the heart of the Los Angeles community. We are appreciative of the opportunity to continue the process."

The North Course will play host to the 2017 Walker Cup, a biennial competition between top amateurs from the United States competing against their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland.

Los Angeles Country Club officials declined to comment on the U.S. Open report.

--Tiger Woods announced on his website that he no longer will be working with swing coach Sean Foley, ending a relationship that lasted four years.