Inkster Miyazato now tied on top at HSBC Champions

By Associated PressFebruary 27, 2010, 6:14 pm

SINGAPORE – Juli Inkster and Ai Miyazato each shot a 69 in the third round to tie for the lead at the third round of the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champions.

The 49-year-old Inkster led most of the round and finished at 7-under 209. The Hall of Famer could become the oldest winner in LPGA history.

Inkster, who hasn’t won on tour since 2006, is bidding to best the mark set by Beth Daniel, who won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2003 at the age of 46.

“I’d say right now I’m definitely the underdog,” Inkster said. “I don’t think anybody expects me to win.”

But Miyazato, who won last week’s season-opener in Thailand, jumped into a tie with the shot of the tournament so far: A long putt for eagle on 16.

“It was a really long putt, but I got a really good stroke and did a down-slope putt, and it was in,” Miyazato said. “Juli is like my idol. I feel honored to play with her tomorrow.”

Among those two shots back was Japan’s Momoko Ueda, who has shot 68 the past two rounds. With her at 5-under were three South Koreans: Sun Young Yoo (71), Hee Young Park (69), and Hee-won Han (71).

Angela Stanford, who was tied for the lead after two rounds, had a triple bogey on the 11th, but birdied two of her last three holes to stay in contention at 3 under.

No. 1 Lorena Ochoa – who stumbled to a 79 in the second round – shot a 73, leaving her 11 strokes back.

Michelle Wie shot a 69 to get within three strokes of the lead. Jiyai Shin, last year’s winner, shot 72 and is also three shots back.

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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
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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.