Miyazato up by 3 over Kerr, Munoz

By Associated PressApril 21, 2012, 2:14 am

KAPOLEI, Hawaii – Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in difficult wind conditions to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

The seven-time LPGA winner had a 10-under 206 total at Ko Olina.

She said the wind blew from basically the same direction for the third consecutive day.

''But it's still tough to play out there,'' Miyazato said. ''I said to myself to just stay focused.''

Cristie Kerr and Spain's Azahara Munoz, tied for the second-round lead with Miyazato, were second.

Kerr shot a 71, and Munoz had a 73. Kerr, a 14-time LPGA Tour winner, reached 8 under, but two bogeys on the back nine slowed her charge.

''I think I played pretty solid,'' Kerr said. ''I had some putts on the front that I misread. I thought it played a little tougher today where the pins were and the way the wind was a little different angle and a little stronger.''

Yani Tseng, the top-ranked Taiwanese star who has won three of first six events of the year, was 6 under along with U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Jiyai Shin, Meena Lee and Angela Stanford. Tseng and Ryu shot 69, the best scores of the day, while Shin and Stanford followed at 70, and Lee had a 71.

''I played a really solid round today,'' Tseng said. ''I made a lot of putts. I'm still thinking to win. Four or five shots is really nothing on this golf course. It was really windy. You just go out there and have another fun day and enjoy.''

Miyazato went 29 holes without a bogey as the trade winds blew hard across west Oahu before dropping a stroke on the par-3 12th. She rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 13th, had another bogey on the par-3 16th and got back to 10 under with a birdie on the difficult par-4 18th.

''It was a really strong finish. I was really happy,'' Miyazato said. ''The 18th is a really difficult tee shot, and of course the second shot was really tough, too. I had a really nice number today. I just hit a nice and easy 7-iron, and just a short bounce in front of the green. It was perfect, so I'm very happy with that.''

Miyazato said a three-shot lead means little if the wind stays up. Keeping it simple will be a big part of her game plan Sunday.

''Just need to focus on my game for one day,'' Miyazato said. ''Keep my swing tempo and try to hit the fairways and greens and make some putts. So that's the key points.''

Munoz had four birdies and five bogeys in her erratic round.

''I think I played much better than the result,'' Munoz said. ''I haven't been nervous all day and I think actually at the beginning I was a little too calm. Sometimes it's nice to be a little nervous.''

Lee won the 2006 Fields Open at Ko Olina, also the site of LPGA Tour events in 1990-95 and 2006-08.


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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.