Kaymer looks to extend money lead at Dutch Open

By Associated PressSeptember 8, 2010, 7:47 pm

European TourHILVERSUM, Netherlands – PGA champion Martin Kaymer has a chance to move further ahead in the European money order list when the Dutch Open starts on Thursday, with main rivals Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood taking a break from golf.

Kaymer will be playing for the first time since going top of the Race to Dubai by winning his first major last month, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

The 25-year-old German is ?200,000 ($255,000) in front of McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, and ?430,000 ($548,000) clear of Westwood.

“After the USPGA, I went on vacation for a couple of weeks,” said Kaymer, who along with Francesco Molinari will be the only Ryder Cup players in the field at Hilversumche Golf Club.

“I have come here to Holland because its good preparation for the Ryder Cup and to see how it goes after having three weeks off. But I feel good and I feel rested, and I feel ready to win again.”

McDowell also hasn’t played since Whistling Straits and is taking an extended break ahead of the Ryder Cup next month. The Northern Irishman has struggled to deal with the increased attention that came after he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June.

Westwood is still recovering from the calf and ankle injuries that forced him to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational last month. The Englishman won’t play again before the Ryder Cup, and Justin Rose is on standby as a replacement for that event.

Ryder Cup vice captains Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and Paul McGinley of Ireland are also in the Dutch Open field.

McGinley’s European Tour exemption for winning the 2005 Volvo Masters at Valdarrama runs out in November. At No. 137 on the money list, he is in danger of losing his playing card for 2011.

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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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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.