Kuramoto Surprise Leader in Seattle

By Associated PressAugust 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
Champions TourSNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Massy Kuramoto needed only 23 putts to shoot a 9-under 63 Friday and grab a two-shot lead in the opening round of the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic.
Kuramoto, who had 34 career victories in Japan but is in his first season on the Champions Tour, started on the back nine at the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge course and was five-under at the turn. He then opened with an eagle on the par-five, 554-yard No. 1 hole. That was set up with a three-iron second within two feet of the pin.
He took sole possession of the lead with a birdie on the par-3, 226-yard No. 6 hole then added another birdie on No. 8 to match the course record. He had the fewest putts among the 78-golfer field.
David Edwards, also in his first year on the Champions Tour, is second after shooting 7 under.
Kuramoto, who was the Tour Q-school medalist this year to earn his playing card, has played in 17 tournament this season with just three top-10 finishes. He said a body turn tip Tuesday from J.C. Snead made the difference.
'I didn't have confidence coming in here,' he said. 'Not until I got the tip.'
He added that the 7,120-yard TPC course is not set up for his game 'but I just think about hitting fairways and greens and making putts. I don't care about the scores.'
Edwards won the 3M Championship two weeks ago.
'Being young (50) out here is an advantage. That's the first time it has been that way,' Edwards said. 'You know coming out here your first few years ought to be your best years. I come out here with that in mind. When you're going well, you need to ride it and get all you can out of it.'
Andy Bean, Keith Fergus, Mike San Filippo and Australian Graham Marsh were tied at 6 under.
Bean birdied his final two holes. Fergus birdied three of his final five holes, holing out his last, the par-3, 207-yard No. 9, with a chip from the sand. San Filippo shot a five-under 31 on the front nine. Marsh dropped four shots to par on his back nine.
Marsh has six Champions Tour wins but none since 1999. Asked if he's capable of winning again, the 62-year-old Marsh said, 'Just take a look at the tour statistics and see where the winners come from.'
Indeed, in 811 events in the Tour history, players who were 60 or older have won only 15 times.
'Of course, one of the reasons I continue to play is to have the opportunity to win again,' Marsh added. 'In a positive sense, I'm still playing because I still feel I have a chance. What's my chances? Just look at the statistics.'
The conditions were nearly perfect for low scores, very little wind, soft, consistent greens and mild temperatures. 'I wouldn't be surprised to see a guy go really low this week,' Marsh added.
Kuramoto, who also had 58 starts in the 1980s and '90s on the PGA Tour with four top-10 finishes, had open-heart surgery six years ago to restructure his mitral valve. His wife, Margie, said doctors told him that the surgery probably came 'right before heart failure.'
'My dream was to play on the Champions Tour,' said Kuramoto, with his wife interpreting. 'If I wanted to do that, I definitely had to have the operation. After that, I felt good.'
He felt good enough to shoot a 59 in a 2003 tournament on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Japan. Snoqualmie Ridge also is a Nicklaus design.
The Golf Channel will televise all three rounds beginning Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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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 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.