Paul Casey takes sole possession of BMW PGA lead

By Associated PressMay 22, 2009, 4:00 pm
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2009 European TourVIRGINIA WATER, England ' Paul Casey shot a 5-under 67 Friday for a two-stroke lead midway through the BMW PGA Championship.
 
Casey was at 8-under 136 after two rounds. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez (70), David Horsey (71), Anthony Wall (71) and Soren Kjeldsen (69) were next.
 
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Paul Casey reacts to making eagle on the 13th hole Friday. (Getty Images)
Ben Curtis was among three players another stroke back.
 
Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy were in a group at 2 under. Jose Maria Olazabal, voted into the World Hall of Fame this week, birdied his last two holes for a 70 and joined John Daly (71) at 144.
 
Course designer Ernie Els birdied the last for a second 73 that left him right on the cut of 2 over, in a group that included Graeme McDowell, who shot 71 despite shin splints in his right leg. An MRI scan revealed McDowell did not have a stress fracture, which could have forced him out for several weeks.
 
Those missing the cut included Masters champion Angel Cabrera (75), the 2005 winner, and world No. 4 Henrik Stenson (70), who needed an eagle at the last and could make only par. Lee Westwood was out after a second successive 77.
 
Casey said his round of two eagles, four birdies, and three bogeys was a bit frustrating.
 
My ball-striking was better today and I hit a lot of good shots at the flags but I still made a few too many mistakes, the Englishman said. If I look at the number at the bottom, Im pleased, but not with the last five holes.
 
That span included both bogeys, one at the 17th where he drove into trees.
 
By contrast, Casey started well, with an eagle at the long 4th.
 
I think my drive hit a sprinkler head or a downslope because it went miles. Then I hit a 7-iron to seven feet, Casey said.
 
His second eagle, at the par-4 13th, came on a 9-iron 163 yards that bounced once and dropped into the hole for a two.
 
Casey has won Abu Dhabi and the Houston Open this year, and was runner-up at the Accenture Match Play. He has risen from 41st at the start of the year to seventh in the world rankings, and has not reset his goals.
 
I wrote them down at the start of the year and they were fairly lofty. I havent had to redo them, he said.
 
Jimenez had two birdies and two bogeys on his first seven holes, and followed that with 10 straight pars. He finished with a 25-foot putt for eagle on his last hole.
 
He drove into a fairway bunker on 18 but a perfect 5-wood put him on the front of the green.
 
My game today was not as good as yesterday but I played decent, the Spaniard said. A 70 was about the right score for how I played today.
 
Daly atoned for a poor day with his irons by chipping in three times on the back nine, including once from a bunker.
 
On a perfect day with little wind, scoring was still not easy on the fast-running course redesigned over the past two years by Els. The pin placements were also tough.
 
Ernie has done a great job, Daly said. He has really made you think where you have to hit it with some of the bunkers.
 
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    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

    David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

    “Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

    Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

    “I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

    Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

    The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

    Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

    Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

    1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

    2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

    While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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    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 finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

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