Faldos Team Draws Even at Seve Trophy

By Associated PressSeptember 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
European TourKILLENARD, Ireland -- Britain & Ireland won the second set of fourball matches 3-2 Friday to pull even with Continental Europe at 5-5 in the Seve Trophy.
 
Justin Rose and Paul Casey -- at 13th and 22nd the two highest-ranked players in the event -- held on for a 1-up victory over Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the final match.
 
Casey made a 6-foot putt for a winning par at the last hole. They had led by six with three to play.
 
Rose and Casey both lost their opening matches with other partners.
 
'Neither of us wanted to go two matches without getting a point. We're too strong for that,' Casey said. 'I think we're two guys who should be making points and we didn't do that the first day. I'm glad we've corrected that now.'
 
Britain & Ireland's Bradley Dredge and Phillip Archer beat Swedes Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson 5 and 4 in Friday's opening match for their second win in two days.
 
Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin of France responded by scoring their second victory, 5 and 3 over Colin Montgomerie and Mark Warren, the second defeat of the tournament for the Scottish pair.
 
Oliver Wilson and Simon Dyson of Britain & Ireland beat Danes Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen 3 and 2, while Mikko Ilonen of Finland and Markus Brier of Austria scored a surprising second victory by one hole over Nick Dougherty and Graeme Storm.
 
On Saturday, there will be four best-ball matches and four alternate-shot matches. Ten singles matches will be played Sunday.
 
Britain & Ireland captain Nick Faldo decided to rest Montgomerie and Warren for the Saturday morning session, and not because Warren injured himself when a chandelier crashed down on him as he took a practice swing in his hotel room Thursday night.
 
'He's fine physically. He's just struggling with his swing,' Faldo said.
 
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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.


    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


    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 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.