Trio Share Lead at PGA Professionals
Hebert, the second-round leader, had a 70 to match Flinton and Skinner at 8-under 208. Jeffrey Martin was two strokes back after a 70.
The top 20 finishers will get spots in the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in August. The winner will earn $75,000 and also receive an exemption into the next five PGA Professional National Championships, a spot on the 2009 PGA Cup Team and exemptions into six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.
The 42-year-old Flinton, a three-time PGA National Assistant Professional champion from Quail Creek in Oklahoma City, had five birdies and two bogeys on the Great Water course.
To me its just first tee ball tomorrow morning, get it on the fairway and go from there. I really, really enjoy the competition, Flinton said. Its tough putting in 65 to 70 hours a week in a golf shop and coming out here and finding your A game, but so far for 54 holes Ive found it. Even-keel wise its been fairway, green, get the putter in my hands. Ive lived by that.
The 39-year-old Hebert, a former Ferris State player based at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Michigan, and the Skinner, the 47-year-old PGA director of golf at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., birdied the 18th hole. Skinner holed a 20-footer, while Hebert lagged a 25-foot downhill eagle putt within 2 inches.
Ive got to find a way to putt better if Im going to win tomorrow, said Hebert, who tied for 13th last year in his debut. Im striping it as good as I ever have. And, maybe some putts will fall.
Skinner needed only 28 putts for the second straight day.
Id much rather be at 18 under, but you know it feels good to make some good shots and some good putts, Skinner said. These guys are all kind of bunched up. None of us are that much better. Im a little apprehensive about tomorrow.
PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
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:
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.
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.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
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.
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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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open
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.