Dougherty takes over lead in Wales

By Associated PressJune 6, 2009, 4:00 pm
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2009 European TourNEWPORT, Wales ' Nick Dougherty eagled the final hole in a 1-under 70 Saturday to share the lead in the Wales Open after the third round was delayed by 6 1/2 hours due to rain.
 
Jeppe Huldahl of Denmark (68) and Ignacio Garrido of Spain (71) are even with Dougherty at 5-under 208.
 
Paul Waring (70) and Simon Dyson (70) were one shot back.
 
After play began following heavy overnight rain and a downpour in the morning, all but one group finished their rounds. That was second-round leaders Richie Ramsey, Robert Rock and Ross Fisher.
 
Ramsey was locked in discussions with European Tour chief referee John Paramor afterward over a possible rule infraction at the eighth hole, but no decision was reached and the matter will be resolved Sunday.
 
Dougherty reached the elevated green over water at the 18th on the 2010 Course and made a 14-foot eagle putt.
 
I really wanted that to get to 5 under, Dougherty said. It was a tough day. The course is playing ridiculously long and there is no run on the ball. I didnt hit many bad shots but I paid the penalty when I was a little off.
 
The 27-year-old Huldahl, who made only one bogey, said he likes tough conditions.
 
I managed to stay out of trouble pretty much all the way through and got up-and-down when it was important, Huldahl said.
 
One of seven players at 210 was Paul McGinley (71), who won in 2001 in a playoff after only 36 holes were possible because of wet weather. McGinley, a member of three victorious European Ryder Cup teams, had four birdies and four bogeys.
 
I battled well but I need more quality, McGinley said. I didnt play enough quality shots to get close to the pins. I had three three-putts from 60 or 70 feet.
 
European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie hit a 78 for a share of 46th place. His U.S. counterpart, Corey Pavin, had a 71 to be 10 positions higher than Montgomerie.
 
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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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    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.