Irwin Wins Again in California

By Associated PressMarch 10, 2002, 5:00 pm
Hale Irwin shot a final-round 65 Sunday and set a tournament record with a 54-hole score of 196 in winning the Toshiba Senior Classic by five shots over Allen Doyle.
 
Irwin's total at the 6,584-yard, par-71 Newport Beach Country Club course was 17-under-par and three strokes better than the previous record set by George Archer in 1995 ' the inaugural year of the tournament over the par-70 Mesa Verde CC course.
 
Irwin, who had rounds of 67 and 64 in the first two rounds, earned $225,000.
 
Doyle, who won this tournament two years ago and finished second in 1999, birdied the final hole to complete a round of 67 for a 201 total. He earned $132,000.
 
Dave Stockton, who shot a 66 Sunday, and Michael Zinni, who carded a 67, finished in a tie for third with scores of 202 and earned $99,000 each. Dana Quigley, who shot 66 in the final round, was next at 203 and earned $72,000.
 
Irwin, who recently joined Tiger Woods as the only players to surpass the $20 million mark in career earnings, leads the 2002 Senior money list at $735,000.
 
``Generally, I am not a good starter, but I got off to a good start Friday and the momentum of that start carried me through Sunday,'' he said. ``I've played well this year. If I can keep this up, I think I can have a banner year.''
 
Irwin has now won a record 34 senior events.
 
``I think the par I saved on the first hole after Larry Nelson had birdied was the turning point in my round, it set the tone for me,'' Irwin said. ``When someone made a move on me, I seemed to make birdies.''
 
Stockton had four birdies, an eagle and a bogey in his final round.
 
``This is really a satisfying tournament for me,'' he said. ``I am really playing well this year, I'm excited how I am playing.''
 
Stockton played well despite receiving bad news early in the day concerning a teammate from his college days at Southern California.
 
``A good friend of mine, Larry Carr, died this morning of cancer,'' Stockton said. ``It really made it serene and peaceful on the course today as I put things in perspective.''
 
Zinni, a Monday qualifier, had the highest finish by an open qualifier since Jim Ahern, won the 1999 AT&T Canada Senior Open. A club professional from Mankato, Minn., Zinni was making his 11th appearance on the senior circuit. His best previous finish was a tie for 33rd at the 2000 Mexico Senior Classic.
 
Irwin moves to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup competition, passing Tom Kite with a total of 718 points ' 112 ahead of Kite, who was forced to withdraw Friday morning with back spasms.
 
Full-field scores from the Toshiba Senior Classic
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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 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.