DiMarco finished 2nd in three majors

Updated: February 15, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Chris DiMarco has accepted a sponsor's exemption to the HP Byron Nelson Championship, played at the TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas, Texas, on May 20-23.

DiMarco, 41, finished 135th on the PGA Tour money list last season after using his one-time exemption for top 50 in career earnings. He needed that exemption after finishing 140th on the money list in 2008. So DiMarco has conditional status for the 2010 season and can accept up to seven sponsor's invitations.

DiMarco has won three times on the PGA Tour, but is known more for his solid play in several majors and international competitions. DiMarco was runner-up in the 2006 British Open, lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters and lost in a three-way playoff in the 2004 PGA Championship. He's played on two Ryder Cup teams and was 4-0-1 at the 2005 Presidents Cup, clinching the victory for the United States with a 13-foot birdie putt for a 1-up win over Stuart Appleby in a singles match.

DiMarco, also known for his "Claw" putting grip, has played in 11 Nelsons, with his best finish a tie for third in 1999. In his two starts in 2010, DiMarco missed the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and tied for 48th at the Bob Hope Classic.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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