Notes A Weekend Warriors Nightmare
Hensby said his caddie didn't replenish the supply when they resumed the first round Friday morning, with 11 holes still to play. He prefers to use a new ball every third hole, and his caddie usually gives the old ones to kids in the gallery.
'He saw three or four balls in the bag and said, 'That's fine. We've only got 11 holes to play,'' Hensby said. 'I made double bogey on No. 9, so I gave that one away. I hit in the water on 11. He must have given one away somewhere else.'
When they arrived on the par-3 17th, the caddie told him there was only one ball left. His tee shot on the 18th caromed off a cart path and went over the fence.
Hensby plays the Pro V1, so he couldn't borrow one from Mike Weir (Pro V1x) or Andre Stolz (Callaway).
'When I saw the marshals go like this,' he said, motioning left with his arms to indicate OB, 'I put my head down and started walking. What was I going to do? It was embarrassing.'
Hensby walked with his group, shook their hands on the green, went into the scoring trailer and put an 'X' in the box under the 18th hole.
He said he would write tournament host Arnold Palmer a letter to explain what happened.
The stop-and-start week due to the rain delay at Bay Hill almost proved costly to Jonathan Kaye.
He was on the range Sunday morning, getting ready to finish five holes of his third round, and going through his routine or rubbing down the grip of his driver with sand paper.
One problem: Kaye technically was in the middle of his third round.
He summoned a rules official who delivered the bad news. Players cannot alter the characteristics of their clubs during a round, so Kaye had no choice but to take the driver out of his bag, leaving him with 13 clubs.
Kaye hit 3-wood on the par-5 sixth hole, which most players can reach in two. He went into the rough, hacked out and had to hit a utility club toward the green. But he made it through the morning.
'Parred them all,' Kaye said proudly after completing his 68.
TIGER & TAVISTOCK
Tiger Woods' preparation for the Masters now includes the Tavistock Cup.
Woods will be playing for Isleworth Country Club when it tries to retain its title against Lake Nona, two exclusive clubs in Orlando where several touring professionals live.
The matches will be played at Isleworth the Monday and Tuesday after The Players Championship.
Mark O'Meara returns as captain for Isleworth, and his team features three major champions (O'Meara, Woods and Lee Janzen), along with Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Craig Parry, Scott Hoch, John Cook and Charles Howell III.
Ernie Els is playing captain of Lake Nona, with a squad that includes four major winners (Els, Annika Sorenstam, Retief Goosen and Nick Faldo), joined by Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Trevor Immelman, Justin Rose and Mark McNulty.
Isleworth won last year, 14 1/2-9 1/2, at Lake Nona.
Wally Uihlein, chairman and CEO of the Acushnet Co., is the first head of an equipment company to receive the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award.
Uihlein will be honored Aug. 10 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center during the PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
'Wally Uihlein's impact upon the business of golf over nearly three decades is a success story that has resulted in serving the needs of players of all abilities,' PGA president Roger Warren said.
Uihlein joined Acushnet in 1976 as a regional salesman for the Titleist division, moving up to national sales manager in one year and eventually landed as chairman and CEO five years ago.
Nick Price doesn't have to look far to find motivation this year. With so many international players doing well, Price has slipped to No. 24 in the Presidents Cup standings.
Majors are important, and Price still believes he can contend. But his priority is returning to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia in September.
'That's a huge motivating force for me this year, to make it in the top 10,' Price said. 'And if I don't accrue enough, to show (captain) Gary Player that I've played well enough to warrant an invitation.'
Price has played in every Presidents Cup, although his only singles victory came in 1998 against David Duval, the second match of the day that clinched victory for the International team.
'Of any event that I ever played in my life, when I stop playing golf, that will be the one I miss the most,' he said.
David Duval plans to be at Augusta National, but how long he stays depends on his wife, who reached the 32nd week of her pregnancy on Sunday. The baby is due the first part of May, but Duval said the baby likely will come in mid-April. ... The USGA has followed the lead of the International Olympic Committee and the Ladies Golf Union in Britain by allowing transgender athletes to compete in its championships. That would allow Mianne Bagger, a Danish woman born a male, who tried to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. The USGA policy allows players to compete two years after gender reassignment surgery. ... Green fees are going up at America's most famous public course. According to the Monterey County Herald, a round of golf will cost $425 at Pebble Beach. That computes to $23.61 per hole. ... Coca-Cola has extended its partnership with the PGA Tour through 2010 as the presenting sponsor of the Tour Championship and the official soft drink of the tour.
STAT OF THE WEEK
John Daly has had two of the highest scores in the Bay Hill Invitational - an 18 on the sixth hole in 1998 and an 11 on the 18th hole last week. Both times, he birdied his next hole.
'When they brought out the driver test, somebody told me to take a nap.' - Scott Verplank, who ranked 173rd on the PGA Tour in driving distance.
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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
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:
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.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
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.
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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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open
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.