Armour repeats at Pebble Beach Invitational
The 49-year-old Armour, a two-time PGA Tour winner, began the day with a five-stroke lead over Rich Beem. But Armour finished regulation with a 4-over 76 in a round that included four bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies.
Simpson, a former U.S. Open champion, finished with a 70 after beginning the final round trailing Armour by six shots.
MacKenzie, a former Nationwide Tour player without tour status for 2009, rallied from a nine-shot deficit with a final-round 67.
I hit some shots that were close to being really good, said Armour, who earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse. They just didnt turn out to be that good. But thats part of the inner battle of winning a golf tournament.
The 37th annual event featured players from the four major tours. Champions Tour and women pros received tee shot advantages.
Armour, the first repeat winner in the tournaments 37-year history, ended a four-year winless streak with his Callaway victory in 2007. He last won on the PGA Tour at the Valero Texas Open in 2003, when he set the PGA Tour tournament record of 34 under par.
When the wind picks up at Pebble Beach its a challenge, Armour said. It wasnt easy, but then again, winning a golf tournament is never easy.
Armour and Simpson, playing in the same foursome, were tied at 11 under after 15 holes. Simpson bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes to fall one shot behind Armour and MacKenzie, who had already finished.
Simpson made a 12-foot birdie on the 18th hole to slip to 10 under. Armour missed a 24-foot birdie attempt for the win but made a 4-foot par putt to join the three-way playoff.
I just wanted a good finish, said MacKenzie, a member of the 2003 Walker Cup team. I started off really good. I saw that third place was about three shots away and all I wanted then was a good finish.
Vicky Hurst, who will be a rookie on the LPGA in 2009, shot a final-round 73 and led the three women who advanced to the final round at even par.
Tom Purtzer of the Champions Tour had a final-round 67 and finished alone at 9-under.
Second-year PGA Tour pro Nicholas Thompson (71), 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Arron Oberholser (73), and former PGA Championship winner Beem (73) finished at 280.
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.