Cantaly advances to U.S. Amateur semis as defending champion Uihlein falls

By Associated PressAugust 26, 2011, 8:01 pm

ERIN, Wis. – UCLA star Patrick Cantlay won two matches Friday at Erin Hills to advance to the U.S. Amateur semifinals, while defending champion Peter Uihlein dropped out in the quarterfinals.

Cantlay beat England’s Tom Lewis, 3 and 1, in the Round of 16, then edged Max Buckley in 19 holes in the afternoon quarterfinals. Jordan Russell beat Uihlein, 2 and 1, to set up a semifinal match with Cantlay.

In the other quarterfinals, Kelly Kraft beat Patrick Rodgers, 6 and 4, and England’s Jack Senior edged Jordan Spieth, 1-up.

After Russell knocked off Uihlein, the Oklahoma State star told the Texas A&M player that he was the most underrated player in college golf.

“That’s pretty cool if he thinks that,” said Russell. “I think I’m maybe a little underrated, but I kind of like it that way. I have my own motivation with that. It kind of keeps me going. So, I’m fine with that.”

Uihlein was trying to become the first player to successfully defend his title since Tiger Woods won three straight from 1994-96.

“I made too many pars. I only birdied the first hole (as did Russell),” Uihlein said. “Jordan played too solid to beat him with pars. I didn’t hit it close enough to put pressure on him and I didn’t make any putts going in.”

Russell was 2-up after six holes, but Uihlein rallied to tie the match with a par 4 on the 12th hole. Russell won the next two holes and Uihlein never recovered.

“I kind of got the momentum early,” Russell said. “He kind of swung it, but I made a 60-footer on 13, so that kind of flipped it right there, and I made birdie on the next hole.”

Cantlay, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, won the final two holes to tie Lewis, then won with a par on the first extra hole. It was the second extra-hole match for Cantlay in the tournament.

“I don’t know if it’s helping me,” Cantlay said, “but I’ve had to do it. It’s nice to know I can hit good shots coming down to the wire, but I’d love to hit good shots earlier in the match and have the lead.”

Senior has a chance to join Harold Hilton (1911) as the only English winners.

“It would mean a lot to me,” Senior said. “I’m just taking every shot as it comes. I’m not thinking too far ahead.”

Spieth, a two-time U.S. Junior champion from Dallas, led most of the match and was 2-up after winning the par 12th with a birdie. They traded the lead several times and were tied going into the final hole, which Senior won with a par.

“He played great all day, but unfortunately made some mistakes (on the final hole),” Senior said.

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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.