Englishman Fosters Lead at Johnnie Walker

By Associated PressAugust 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourGLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Mark Foster posted a 4-under-par 68 in difficult conditions Thursday to take the opening-round lead of the Johnnie Walker Championship.
Twelve players are knotted in second place at 2-under-par 70 as heavy wind and showers greeted the players on Thursday at the PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel.
The tournament was dealt a blow early in the first round when Colin Montgomerie, who finished second to Tiger Woods at the British Open, had to withdraw during play because of a hand injury.
Montgomerie hurt his right hand when he hit his second at the 18th, his ninth hole of the round. He did more damage on the same hole when he struck his third from the heavy rough.
The Scotsman gutted it out for another four holes before withdrawing.
'It is particularly disappointing as this is a tournament I have been looking forward to all year,' said Montgomerie, who may have to pull out of next week's PGA Championship. 'The crowds were fantastic. Unfortunately for them and for the tournament I am sorry. Hopefully everyone understands I cannot play if I am not physically fit.'
Foster was certainly fit on Thursday as he opened on the back nine with back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11. He dropped a shot at the par-5 12th, but Foster parred his next five before closing his front nine with a birdie at the 18th.
Foster, who won the English Amateur Championship in 1994 and 1995, parred his first two on the second nine, then birdied No. 3. He bogeyed the fourth and birdied No. 5 to get back to 3 under par.
The 30-year-old Englishman birdied the ninth to move two clear of the field.
Foster, who earned his first European Tour victory at the 2003 dunhill championship, has struggled thus far in the 2005 season. His best finish of the campaign came at the season-opening China Open, a tie for 11th, and since then he's only posted two top-20s.
'I have been too down and too hard on myself,' said Foster. 'I have not been good enough mentally all year. Being hard on yourself can be both good and bad. When you are doing well and you are hard on yourself you do a bit more, but when you are down and are hard on yourself, I just kept pushing myself down. I need to be more upbeat and enjoy myself out on the course. It is easier said than done, but I did manage to do that today.'
Bradley Dredge, who tied for third place last week at the Scandinavian Masters, was one of the players who shot a 70 on Thursday.
Gregory Bourdy, Emanuele Canonica, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ross Drummond, Darren Fichardt, Robert Karlsson, Michael Kirk, Jonathan Lomas, David Lynn, Damien McGrane and Mark Roe joined Dredge in second place.
Paul Casey, a European Ryder Cupper, carded a 1-under 71 on Thursday and is part of a group tied for 14th. Casey, who captured this year's TCL Classic, won this title in 2001 for his first European Tour victory,
Estoril Open de Portugal winner Paul Broadhurst and Telecom Italia Open champion Steve Webster are among the large group tied with Casey three shots off the lead.
Defending champion Miles Tunnicliff opened with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 72nd place.
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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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    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.