Alexis Thompson rolls at US Womens Amateur
Lewis, the 18-year-old Florida recruit from Jacksonville, Fla., won a six-player playoff Tuesday for the final spot in the 64-player match-play field.
God gave me a second chance with a playoff yesterday, so I am going to try to make the most of it this week, Lewis said.
Shes fighting a respiratory infection that forced her to go to a hospital Monday.
Im like on three different drugs, Lewis, the North and South Womens Amateur winner last month at Pinehurst No. 2. Im trying to focus.
Lewis won with a two-putt par on the par-3 17th after the 16-year-old Kang, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., hit into a greenside bunker en route to a triple bogey.
She played really well today, Kang said. It was a good match.
Thompson, the 2008 U.S. Girls Junior champion from Coral Springs, Fla., routed Sun Gyoung Park of Vail, Ariz., 7 and 6.
I drove the ball well and I just hit it a lot better, said Thompson, who had rounds of 76 and 74 in stroke play. I was just thankful that I made it to match play.
Kimberly Kim, the 17-year-old Hawaii player who won the 2006 championship, and Amy Anderson, the 17-year-old Girls Junior champion from Oxbow, N.D., were eliminated. Kim dropped a 5-and-3 decision to Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc, while Cydney Clanton of Concord, N.C., beat Anderson 3 and 2.
I just tried to stay confident, and tried not to be intimidated by her, said LeBlanc, who plays at Purdue. But shes a long hitter so that didnt work.
Two matches went 25 holes. Jodi Ewart, a 21-year-old Englishwoman who plays at New Mexico, beat Mallory Fraiche of Metairie, La., while 19-year-old Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., topped Kendra Little of Eugene, Ore.
Ewart, set to face Thompson in the second round, holed a 20-foot putt at the par-3 seventh hole to end the match. A hole earlier, Fraiche missed a 4-foot birdie putt that would have given her the win.
I literally thought we would be out there all night, said Ewart, a member of Britain and Irelands 2008 Curtis Cup team. You really have to keep mentally strong, especially with this heat. Youve got to keep drinking lots of water.
Karle won with a downhill 10-foot birdie putt.
Today was a grind-out day, said Karle, who plays at Pepperdine.
In other matches, 19-year-old Jennifer Song, the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links champion from Ann Arbor, Mich., beat Megan McChrystal of Stuart, Fla., 3 and 1; Canadian Stephanie Sherlock edged Marina Alex of Wayne, N.J., 2-up; and 16-year-old Jessia Korda of Bradenton, Fla., beat Sara Grantham of Wilsonville, Ala., 1-up.
I really grinded today, said Korda, whose father, former tennis star Petr Korda, is working as her caddie. My putts, everything was like a roll short going into the hole. I had so many putts like that today.
PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:
The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.
We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.
The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.
Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.
''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''
Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).
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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open
Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.
Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.
Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.
The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.