Bill Britton wins Senior PGA Professional national Championship

By Associated PressNovember 2, 2009, 4:16 am

PGA of AmericaPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – PGA Tour winner Bill Britton won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a tournament-record 18-under 270 total and a one-stroke victory over Perry Arthur.

The 54-year-old Britton, the director of instruction at Donald Trump’s Colts Neck, N.J., facility, broke the tournament record set by Jeff Coston in 2006.

Britton made a 5-foot par putt on 18 to preserve the victory after Arthur (66) made an 8-foot birdie putt.

“Perry didn’t have to make a 3 on the last to make it tough,” Britton said, joking. “I left my first putt a little shorter than I wanted to, but played the putt to move a little left and it dropped.”

Britton, who won the 1989 Centel Classic for his lone PGA Tour title, and Arthur were tied at 15 under through 12 holes on the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course. Britton pulled away with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14.

“Perry was doing really good early and it was close,” Britton said. “I was plodding along, then made a 12-footer at 13 for a birdie and at No. 14, I made a 20-footer uphill into the grain for birdie. I was fortunate and feeling pretty good from there.”

Britton, the low club professional in the 2007 Senior PGA Championship, led the 35 qualifiers for the Senior PGA Championship in May at Colorado Golf Club.

“I will probably appreciate this all a little more later, I am still a little nervous,” he said. “I think I made all the putts that I didn’t make all summer long down here this week.”

Arthur is a teaching pro at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson, Texas.

“I made six birdies, shot 66 and my hat’s off to Bill,” Arthur said “Bill kept it going so well with birdies on 13, 14 and 16. Bill and I have played a lot of golf together, much of it on the tour. I knew how good he was with the putter.”

Paul Daniels of Port St. Lucie, Fla., shot a 69 to finish third at 15 under.

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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.


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.