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Canizares and Kim Receive
Fourth and Fifth EXEMPTIONs to 2007 FBR Open

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. – 2007 FBR Open Tournament Chairman Pat McGinley announced today that former Arizona State University four-time All-American Alejandro Canizares and former University of Oklahoma All-American Anthony Kim will receive the fourth and fifth sponsor exemptions to the 2007 FBR Open.

McGinley and the tournament host Thunderbirds have now extended all five sponsor’s exemptions for the FBR Open, scheduled to be played at the TPC Scottsdale, January 29th – February 4th. In addition to Canizares and Kim, other exemptions were given to John Daly, Lee Janzen and Jeff Quinney.

“Both Alejandro and Anthony are exceptional young players,” said McGinley. “Their collegiate and amateur resumes are very impressive. I think these are two young golfers that we’ll be watching for many years to come on the PGA TOUR.”

A May 2006 graduate of Arizona State, Canizares had a sparkling Sun Devil career. In addition to being a two-time first-team and a two-time second-team All-American, Canizares also was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and an Academic All-American in 2005. In 2003, he was named NCAA Freshman of the Year after capturing the 2003 NCAA Championship. He has five collegiate tournament victories to his credit, including the 2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational and the PING Arizona Intercollegiate. Canizares turned professional last summer and promptly won the European PGA TOUR’s 2006 Russian Open in just his third professional start. The 24-year-old from Malaga, Spain, will make his PGA TOUR debut at the FBR Open.

Kim has six collegiate and amateur titles to his credit, including the 2005 Big XII Championship, the 2006 Hall of Fame Invitational and the 2006 Ashworth Invitational. While at the University of Oklahoma, Kim was named 2004 NCAA Freshman of the Year; the 2004 Big XII Newcomer of the Year, the 2005 Big XII Player of the Year and was a three-time NCAA All-American. As an amateur he was runner-up at the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and was a member of the 2005 U.S. Walker Cup team. Last year, in his PGA TOUR debut, Kim tied for second at the 2006 Valero Texas Open. He followed that sizzling performance up a week later with a tie for 16th at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. The 21-year-old from Los Angeles, Calif., has played in two 2007 PGA TOUR events – he missed the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii and tied for 45th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

The 2007 FBR Open will take place Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 at the TPC Scottsdale.  This year will mark the 72nd playing of the Open, making it one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR.  With more than 500,000 spectators each year, the FBR Open is the most attended tournament on the PGA TOUR. For information about the 2007 FBR Open, visit www.fbropen.com.

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