Colsaerts qualifies for U.S. Open; Ramsay left in the dark

By Associated PressMay 31, 2011, 5:56 pm

LONDON – Belgian golfer Nicolas Colsaerts led 11 players who earned spots in the U.S. Open in a qualifier for European Tour players that ended at dark – much to the surprise of Richie Ramsay of Scotland.

Ramsay didn’t think his score of 4-under 140 at Walton Heath would be enough to qualify. Because of a three-hour fog delay on Monday, he wasn’t even sure the 36-hole qualifier would finish. Ramsay said some players were still teeing off at 5:30 p.m.

He tried to catch a flight to Belfast to attend a wedding reception of fellow player Gareth Maybin. Ramsay, a former U.S. Amateur champion, missed his flight, and then was told to rush back to the course for a playoff among three players. Stuck in traffic, he didn’t arrive until the playoff was over.

Turns out there was just enough light left to play at least one hole, so a par 3 was used. Johan Edfors of Sweden, in what was supposed to be a three-for-one playoff, made par to earn the last spot over Andreas Harto of Denmark.

“I actually feel physically sick,” Ramsay said. “I can’t believe they played when it was pitch dark. It’s not up to me to say it’s right or wrong, but it’s just been an horrific day – just an awful, awful day.”

Ramsay will be an alternate, with little hope of getting into the U.S. Open, to be played from June 16-19 at Congressional.

Colsaerts easily qualified along with Edfors, Shane Lowry, Maarten Lafeber, Thomas Levet, Robert Rock, David Howell, Stephen Gallacher, Alexander Noren, Marcel Siem and Robert Dinwiddie.

Colin Montgomerie, a runner-up to Ernie Els when the U.S. Open was last held at Congressional in 1997, failed to qualify. Also missing out was Ross Fisher, the only member of the last Ryder Cup team who still has not qualified for the U.S. Open.

Fisher is No. 52 in the world and can get in if he cracks the top 50 in the final ranking published before the championship.

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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.