More drama for Daly at Open Championship

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2010, 12:56 am

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland  – Playing in wind gusting so hard it was tough to keep a cigarette lit, John Daly made another big move on the British Open leaderboard Friday – backwards.

A day after matching his best round at the British Open, golf’s favorite sideshow stormed off the Old Course after shooting a 4-over 76.

And yet he’s not even completely out of it. At 2 under for the tournament, he’s 10 strokes behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. But he’s only five behind Mark Calcavecchia and four strokes behind the group at 6 under.

Daly is perhaps golf’s most colorful figure – and it’s not because of those garish pants he sports. (He broke out the hot pink paisley for the second round, pairing them with a lime green cap and a shirt that was just a shade quieter. Not to be outdone, his girlfriend wore leggings that matched his pants.)

That Daly is a unique talent has never been in question. You don’t go from last alternate to major champion, as he did at the 1991 PGA Championship, without considerable game. And you sure don’t win a second major – the British Open at St. Andrews, no less – by being lucky.

But his nickname was “Wild Thing,” and he did his best to live up to it. He has four ex-wives, and he ate, drank and gambled to excess. He’s been suspended by the PGA Tour five times, and fined $100,000.

At 44, the toll of his hard living etched on his face, even Daly seems to have had enough of his high-wire act. He’s lost almost 100 pounds since having Lap-Band surgery in February 2009, and said he quit drinking. He’s working on his game again now that rib and back injuries have healed.

The work showed on Thursday, when he took advantage of the mild morning conditions to shoot a 66 that left him three strokes off the lead in a tie for third. As Tom Watson likes to say, though, what the course gives one day it will take the next, and St. Andrews sure did that.

Not even Daly’s booming shots could overcome wind that forced a one-hour weather delay because of gusts of 41 mph.

After making just one bogey in the first round, he had two before he made the turn Friday. He made another two before getting his first birdie, on the par-5 14th, and then bogeyed No. 17. He drove into a valley just off the left side of the 18th green, and ran it within 5 feet for what looked like a gimme birdie to salvage the rough day.

The ball slid along the side of the cup and refused to drop, though, forcing Daly to settle for par. He shook hands with his playing partners and then hustled away, not even giving Open media officials an opportunity to ask if he’d talk.

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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.