Barnes Holmes win CVS Charity Classic

By Associated PressJune 30, 2010, 12:14 am

BARRINGTON, R.I. – Ricky Barnes had no problem being a last-minute replacement.

Under normal circumstances, Barnes would have spent the early part of the week preparing for the upcoming AT&T National in Philadelphia.

But when the LPGA’s Paula Creamer withdrew because of a thumb injury, Barnes was asked to replace her.

Barnes and J.B. Holmes combined for a string of seven consecutive birdies on the back nine Tuesday and captured the CVS Caremark Charity Classic with a final 36-hole score of 21-under 121.

That total was two strokes shy of the tournament record set by Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price in 2001.

Barnes and Holmes finished one stroke ahead of Angela Stanford and Brett Quigley in the best-ball format at Rhode Island Country Club.

“With our start we didn’t really think we were going to chase it early,” Barnes said after his team birdied only one of the first four holes. “You want to get off to the start that we did yesterday (the team shot 6-under 30 on Monday’s front nine).

“We finally got it going. I made a long putt and then J.B. got on his streak.”

Barnes’ long putt was an eagle on the par-5, 516-yard eighth hole.

Holmes’ streak consisted of birdies on holes 11 through 16, which enabled his team to shoot a 13-under-58.

A short birdie putt on the par-4, 401-yard 16th hole broke a tie with the team of Hall of Famer Juli Inkster and Boo Weekley and put them ahead for good at 20 under.

“This golf course sets up where you can challenge a few shots and go ahead and wail away with your driver,” Holmes said. “The PGA Tour takes the driver out of your hands quite a bit on a lot of courses.

“It was fun to be able to come out here and get on a golf course where you could hit it on almost every hole.”

Barnes, who has six top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, and Holmes split the winner’s share of $300,000 of the total purse of $1,500,000.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

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:

PGA Tour:

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.

LPGA:

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.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

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.


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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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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

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.