Def Champ Webb Only One Back

By Associated PressFebruary 2, 2008, 5:00 pm
Ladies European TourMELBOURNE, Australia -- Defending champion Karrie Webb had an even-par 73 in slippery and windy conditions Saturday and is one shot off the lead going into the final round of the women's Australian Open.
Webb trails fellow Australian Lindsey Wright, who had a 72 Saturday to lead the tournament at 3 under, and is tied with South Korea's Shin Ji-yai at 2-under 217 overall.
Teenage amateur Kristie Smith, who led at the halfway point but struggled with a 4 over in the third round, and England's Melissa Reid were another stroke back in at 1 under.
Webb, seeking a fourth national title, was relying on her experience to get her through the last round at Kingston Heath.
'There's players up there who haven't won the Australian Open and I have,' Webb said. 'I do have experience at winning golf tournaments.
'I don't know if that necessarily counts for too much, but I know that I have a great chance to win.'
Webb recovered her round after getting into trouble on the fourth hole, when she pulled her second shot and landed in a greenside bunker. From there, she hit into unplayable rough, took a penalty, chipped on and two-putted for a seven.
'It was completely out of my control,' she said. 'There was about a millimeter of sand under my ball, there was nothing I could do.'
She had a birdie two holes later and had two more on the first three holes of the back nine to grab a share of the lead before a bogey 5 on the 18th dropped her to second place.
Shin began the day two shots off the lead in second place and shot a 74 that included three back-nine bogeys, one of them at the end that cost her a share of the lead.
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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.