Cejka Goosen share lead in South Africa

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2010, 10:50 pm

2009 European TourDURBAN, South Africa – Alex Cejka shot an 8-under 64 Friday for a share of the first-round lead of the 100th South African Open with two-time winner Retief Goosen.

They were one stroke clear of Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel after completing a round that had been rained out Thursday at Durban Country Club.

Top Sports storiesMascot collides with cop “It’s quite a tricky course, but it’s not that long, especially when the wind’s not blowing,” Cejka said. “So I played quite smart with a lot of 3-irons off the tee, and a lot of 3-woods – you’ve got to have the ball in play.”

The second round will be played Saturday, after which the cut will be made to 50 and ties, instead of the original 65. Those who make the cut will play 36 holes Sunday in the European Tour and Sunshine Tour event.

The difference between Cejka and the others was that the German made no mistakes as the wind stayed away and course played even shorter than its 6,733 yards.

Goosen had two bogeys in his 64, while Els and Schwartzel each dropped a single shot in their 65s.

Goosen, the champion in 1995 and 2006, had eagles on Nos. 18 and 3.

“I hit a perfect 3-wood on to the front edge of 18 and then holed a 25-footer,” he said. “And on 3, I hit a 3-wood and a 5-iron from 198 meters to about 10 feet in there.”

Els, a four-time winner, changed his mind about entering his national championship and started well, including a closing 31 that featured a chip-in for eagle on 13 and three birdies.

“I missed quite a few putts on the front nine and was getting a little annoyed with myself,” Els said. “But I played a really solid back nine.”

He and Schwartzel, winner of the Sunshine Tour money list, were a stroke clear of a group of six players on 66.

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had a bogey-free round and headed a group of 10 players on 67.

Oosthuizen missed the cut at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last week, even though his game started coming around in the second round. He was concerned the break for rain this week would affect his momentum.

“When tournament directors and everyone is pushing you to get as many holes as possible you can play yourself out of the tournament right there,” he said.

Tim Clark, another two-time winner, was six shots off the pace.

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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
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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.