Perry sets 36-hole scoring record at ACE

By Associated PressFebruary 19, 2012, 12:00 am

NAPLES, Fla. – After the first round, Kenny Perry deadpanned that it was a typical day on the Champions Tour when he shot 8 under and wasn’t in the lead.

Saturday, it was time for the others to talk about him.

Perry shot a 10-under 62 and set the Champions Tour’s 36-hole scoring record at 18-under 126 in the second round of the ACE Group Classic.

“That’s amazing,” said Perry, three shots ahead of first-round leader Larry Mize. “So many great players have played this tour, and to be able to now say I’ve had the lowest 36 of all time is pretty neat. It’s a neat accomplishment. It’s just amazing I can make 20 birdies in 36 holes. That’s just phenomenal.”

Tom Lehman was four back, and defending champion Bernhard Langer another stroke behind at 13 under.

“What he’s done the first two days is spectacular, but not surprising,” Lehman said. “Nothing anybody does out here surprises me, and especially from him.”

Perry made five birdies on the front nine on The TwinEagles Club’s Talon Course, and six more on the back. He bounced back from a bogey on No. 15, with birdies on the last three holes. Perry made a 25-footer for birdie on No. 1, and followed that up with a 35-footer on No. 2.

“That really loosened me up, relaxed me, kind of really freed my game up,” he said. “It was off and running.”

Mize followed his opening 62 with a 67.

“Kenny played a great round,” said Mize, who had a 62 on Friday. “Gee whiz, that’s pretty special.”

Mize and Lehman were tied for second most of the day, then Mize birdied the last two holes to move into sole possession of second.

“Otherwise, I’m five back, which is a lot bigger mountain to climb,” said Mize, who has one Champions Tour win. “But three back, the way Kenny’s playing, it’s going to be a lot bigger mountain to climb anyway.”

Lehman was 5 under for the day after eight holes, but parred nine of the last 10, with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 17th. He had a 66.

“From the ninth hole to about the 15th hole I had some really, really good chances, and just couldn’t cash in,” Lehman said. “So today was a bit disappointing.”

Langer made a late charge by eagling the par-5 17th for the second straight day. He ended up with a 65.

“It looks like we’re all playing for second place, but we still have 18 holes to go,” said Langer, the winner last year at The Quarry.

Perry broke the record of 17 under held by six players. Of those, only Don Pooley in the 2006 MasterCard Championship in Hawaii failed to win. Tom Kite (2001 Gold Rush), Jim Ahern (2003 Music City Invitational), Langer (2007 Administaff Small Business Classic), Russ Cochran (2011 Mitsubishi Electric Championship), and Fred Couples (2011 AT&T Championship) also were 17 under.

Langer set the tournament scoring record last year at 20 under, and had 23 birdies. Perry already has 20 birdies.

Perry won the Franklin Templeton Shootout, an unofficial PGA Tour event hosted by Greg Norman, twice in Naples, in 2005 with John Huston and 2008 with Scott Hoch. Both times, Perry credited Huston and Hoch with helping him read Bermuda grass greens. But this week, Perry said the greens look like bentgrass ones to him, without much grain.

“All of my wins have been on bentgrass on Tour,” Perry said. “I’ve not really had much luck on Bermuda. This week I think no grain, and the ball rolling as pure as it’s rolling, I feel like I’m on bentgrass.”


Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

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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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm