Molinari brothers win World Cup for Italy

By Associated PressNovember 29, 2009, 6:07 pm

Omega Mission Hills World CupSHENZHEN, China – Brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari won Italy’s first World Cup of Golf by one stroke Sunday, beating Ireland, which led after the first three rounds, and defending champion Sweden.

The Molinari brothers shot a 4-under 68 in the alternate-shot final round, finishing at 29-under 259 in the $5.5 million tournament at Mission Hills. Francesco chipped from a greenside bunker to 3 feet on the 18th to set up Edoardo’s winning par putt.

“It was a very sweet feeling after holing the putt,” said Edoardo, the European Challenge Tour No. 1.

“When I saw the ball in the bunker, it was lying OK, and I just said, ‘Francesco, just knock it on the green anywhere, and I’m going to hole the putt,”’ said Edoardo, winner of last week’s Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.

Francesco added, “We deserved it as we attacked from the first day with every putt and every shot and we tried to make as many birdies as possible.”

Italy made its move with three straight birdies between 11 and 13.

Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell (70) led the tournament until the final round when they fired a 2-under 70. McDowell’s putt for birdie on the final hole to force a playoff came up short.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson shot a 69. Playing a group ahead of Italy and Ireland, Sweden could have had a share of the lead and forced a playoff, but Stenson’s long birdie putt on the 18th hole lipped out.

England (64) finished third three strokes behind the leaders, while Japan (69) was seven strokes back in fourth place, and Australia (67) was eight strokes back in fifth.

Americans Nick Watney and John Merrick (62) had the best score in the final round to finish nine strokes back in sixth, tied with Germany (65), South Korea (68), Wales (70) and South Africa (71).

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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 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.