McGinley Still Leads Monty Misses Cut

By Associated PressMay 23, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 BMW PGA ChampionshipSURREY, England -- Paul McGinley finished birdie-eagle for a 6-under 66 Friday and set a record 36-hole total to lead by four strokes at the BMW PGA Championship.
 
The Irish Ryder Cup player took advantage of softer conditions on the West Course at Wentworth to move to 13-under 131, putting some distance between himself and Robert Karlsson and Miles Tunnicliff going into the weekend.
 
It was a great finish, a great back nine. I holed some great putts, McGinley said after making a 25-footer at the 10th, a 20-footer at the 13th, a 40-foot uphill putt at No. 15 and a 25-footer for eagle at the last.
 
Im not overconfident with the putter but I feel in control, said McGinley, who has changed his putting approach this year. Im rolling it well and its going in.
 
Karlsson birdied the last three holes for a 3-under 69 and a 135 total. Tunnicliff shot 65.
 
Oliver Wilson (66) shared the fourth spot with Soren Kjeldsen (65) and Marcus Fraser (69), five shots off the pace. Miguel-Angel Jimenez was another shot back after a 5-under 67.
 
The list of casualties included third-ranked Ernie Els, whose 73 for a 4-over total of 148 was three over the cut line. It was only the second time in 13 appearances that Els had missed the cut, the other coming in his debut year of 1992.
 
Colin Montgomerie also missed the cut for the first time since his first appearance in 1989. Montgomerie, playing here for the 20th consecutive year, shot 75 and was also 4-over.
 
You get what you deserve in this game, Montgomerie said. I didnt play well enough. I wasnt encouraged by anything today.
 
Montgomerie had three bogeys on the back nine, including on the last hole, where he chipped weakly and two-putted from seven feet.
 
Others who missed the cut were Justin Rose, who lost in a playoff last year, Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal and Michael Campbell.
 
Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied five of the last seven holes for a 3-under 69, just slipping under the cut line.
 
Lee Westwood became the second big-name withdrawal when he pulled out with food poisoning after five holes. Vijay Singh withdrew before the event Thursday with a side muscle injury.
 
McGinley refused to get carried away by his position.
 
There are two long days ahead. But Im prepared for a long week, he said. Its a marathon and were only halfway through the marathon.
 
Karlsson played his approaches superbly at the last three holes. He hit a 9-iron to within one foot at the 16th, a sand wedge to within two feet at the 17th and a lob wedge to within a foot at the last.
 
The longest putt he holed was from six feet, after making three 25-footers Thursday.
 
But I hit a lot of very good putts between 10 and 20 feet and I dont know how some of them didnt go in. I actually putted better today, Karlsson said.
 
Wilson had a bogey-free round for his 66, which included an eagle at the par-5 fourth. He birdied the next and collected three more birdies on the back nine.
 
I played the par-5s well, hitting them all in two shots, said Wilson, who has three runner-up finishes this year. I need to start contending in these big tournaments. I feel good enough. The only thing missing is a win.
 
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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.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

    That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

    In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.


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    Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

    Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

    Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

    In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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