Rose 36-hole leader at Aronimink

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2010, 9:44 pm

2010 AT&T NationalNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Justin Rose was happy to be leading the AT&T National, especially because it was only five days ago that he threw away a chance to win with a surprising meltdown in the final round.

Tiger Woods? He’s happy to still be playing.

Rose played bogey-free Friday and wound up with the best score of the tournament, a 6-under 64, to build a one-shot lead over Jason Day and Charlie Wi going into the weekend at demanding Aronimink Golf Club.

Woods, who won this tournament last year at Congressional, hit the ball well for the second straight day. He again got nothing out of it, however, and missed a 30-inch putt late in the round that brought him back to a 70. He was at 3-over 143, which made the cut on the number, although he was never in serious danger of going home early.

“I’m driving it on a string right now, and that’s fun,” Woods said. “But if you don’t make putts, no matter how good you hit the golf ball, you’re not going to shoot good scores.”

The scoring improved slightly in the second round, especially in the afternoon as the wind began to calm. Rose said his round was helped by being in the same group with Sean O’Hair (68) and J.B. Holmes (69), who also played well. They combined for 13 birdies and only one bogey over the 54 holes they played collectively.

For Rose, the timing could not have been better.

In his first tournament since winning the Memorial by closing with a 66, Rose had a three-shot lead at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., when it all fell apart. He shot 39 on the back nine for a 75 and tied for ninth.

“I turned up here Monday morning feeling like I was a better player than I was on Sunday, because you learn,” he said. “My game doesn’t go away overnight. You have an experience like that, and if you ask yourself the right questions and if you deal with it in the right way, you become better.”

It might have been different had he not just won his first title in America. That allowed him to take the collapse in stride, and he sure hit his stride Friday on another gorgeous afternoon outside Philadelphia.

He never had a par putt longer than 5 feet, and he seized the outright lead late in his round with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th, making it two straight weeks with the 36-hole lead. The idea how is close better.

“Obviously, you have a day like today where everything goes your way and it’s easy to think, ‘Well, this course isn’t that difficult.’ But you just need to really keep your patience around here,” Rose said. “I think nothing really changes tomorrow.”

Day wasn’t nearly that optimistic, missing fairways and greens down the stretch but dropping only one shot. And he made that up on the par-5 ninth with a tough chip below the green to about 5 feet.

Day, the 22-year-old from Australia, won the Byron Nelson Championship two months ago for his first PGA Tour victory. Wi is still searching for his first, and he got into contention by holing out from 166 yards in the 12th fairway for eagle.

Jeff Overton, who played in the morning, had a 68 and was at 4-under 136. Robert Allenby, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2001 in western Pennsylvania, had a 67 and was in the group at 3-under 137 that included Bo Van Pelt (68) and Ryan Moore, who bogeyed his last two holes for a 70.

Woods is nowhere near the lead, even if it looked as though he would get right in the mix.

Morning wind kept anyone from putting together a good score, and when Woods finally found some momentum with back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes – the latter with a 30-foot birdie putt – he was at 1 over and closing it on his goal of getting back to even par for the tournament. Then came a shot that covered the flag and landed 5 feet away.

Trouble was, Woods was trying to land his 7-iron on the par-3 fifth about 15 short of the hole because the green was so firm. It hopped hard and went into the rough behind the green. With a delicate chip, he advanced it only about 10 feet, still in the rough, then chipped some 7 feet past the hole and had to make that for bogey.

Woods one-putted five consecutive greens, a streak that ended in a surprising fashion. After a superb chip-and-run over a hump behind the eighth green that he nearly holed for birdie, he blocked his 30-inch par putt to drop another stroke.

A routine par allowed him to make the cut. Rose’s round in the afternoon made Woods’ prospects look even worse.

“I’ve just got to put together two good rounds and see where that leaves me,” Woods said.

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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.