OMeara edges Allen to win Senior Players Championship

By Associated PressOctober 10, 2010, 11:59 pm

Champions TourPOTOMAC, Md. – Mark O’Meara knocked in a 4-foot par putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Michael Allen and win the Senior Players ChampionshipChampions Tour.

O’Meara had a three-shot advantage on the back nine at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, but a bogey on No. 16 shrunk his lead, and Allen charged into contention with birdies on three of the last five holes. Both finished at 7 under.

In the playoff, O’Meara hit a perfect drive and Allen wound up in the rough, setting the stage for O’Meara – a nine-time runner up on the over-50 tour – to finally pick up the elusive victory.

“It’s a thrill. It’s been a long time coming,” O’Meara said of his first individual win since the Dubai Desert Classic in 2004. “This is a demanding course. It’s a class field. It’s a senior major championship. So I feel like I hit the jackpot.”

As for the playoff, he said: “I played a little more conservative on my second shot, because I knew he was going to have a tough pitch to get it up and down. I’m just thankful that ball went in.”

Loren Roberts (68) finished third and Jeff Sluman (66) took fourth. Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer rallied to shoot a 67, good for a ninth-place finish.

Allen had several chances to close O’Meara out before the playoff, but rued a couple of squandered opportunities despite shooting 66. He missed birdie putts on Nos. 15 and 18 that could have given him the lead.

“I’ve had a lot of second-place finishes that felt pretty darn good, and this one doesn’t feel quite as good,” said Allen, who was second last week at the Viking Classic on the PGA Tour.

O’Meara seemed to be in control of the tournament, but had to withstand a furious rally by Allen. The scenario was all too familiar for O’Meara, who in many of his second-place finishes on the Champions Tour fell prey to a golfer with a hot hand.

“You can’t control the other player, but there does come an element of luck,” the 53-year-old O’Meara said. “You can play well, and just somebody else does something more spectacular. It kind of seemed that way. I never gave away a tournament when I had a chance to win, it’s just that somebody else did something better.”

O’Meara teamed with Nick Price to win at the Legends of Golf event in April, but said finally winning a Champions Tour event on his own held a lot more meaning, especially after a tough couple of years personally and professionally.

“Winning with Nick, that was a win, but it was a team win,” said O’Meara, who withdrew from his last Champions Tour event. “Not to take anything away from that, but sooner you’ve got to win individually. I’ve come so close.

“Going through my divorce, getting remarried, having all the personal stuff going on off the course, I was the guy that was there, down, up, all over the place. And it’s just finally great to have one come my way and come out on top.”

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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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