South Africa celebrates Oosthuizens Open win

By Associated PressJuly 19, 2010, 12:48 am

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JOHANNESBURG – A week after the World Cup, South African leaders are basking in Louis Oosthuizen’s overwhelming victory at the British Open.

Minister of Sport Makhenkesi Stofile and the country’s ruling party lauded Oosthuizen for his seven-stroke victory at St. Andrews on Sunday, saying he has strengthened the nation’s sports credentials.

Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zen) won on the same day South Africa celebrated the 92nd birthday of former president Nelson Mandela. South Africa, the successful host for soccer’s first World Cup staged on the continent, has said it will bid to bring the Olympics to Africa for the first time in 2020.

Oosthuizen’s triumph also follows the winning return of South African runner Caster Semenya, who was embroiled in a gender controversy before being cleared to continue competing as a woman.

This “shows that we are not just champion hosts,” Stofile said.

Semenya, the 800-meter world champion, won her second consecutive comeback race in Finland on Sunday after being cleared by track’s governing body to return to competition following gender tests. Semenya won her first comeback race Thursday, having not run competitively since capturing the world title in Berlin last August.

The African National Congress said Oosthuizen underlined that South Africans can win on the world stage.

“This shows that besides hosting soccer and cricket international tournaments successfully, we are an excelling sporting nation,” ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said. “Louis Oosthuizen’s victory shows clearly that South Africa has the capacity to do other things and do them successfully. We are really proud of his performance.”

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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.