Woods expects good reception from British fans

By Associated PressJuly 13, 2010, 4:26 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Tiger Woods faced more questions about his personal life than the state of his game Tuesday ahead of the British Open, a tournament he won the last two times it was held at the birthplace of golf.

During a news conference looking ahead to the third major of the year, 18 of the 34 questions related to either Woods’ marital woes or, to a lesser degree, his ties to a Canadian doctor accused of distributing a performance-enhancing drug.

Woods reiterated that he’s “just trying to become a better person,” but refused to address reports that he has agreed to a divorce settlement with his wife, Elin. He also declined to go into any details about Dr. Anthony Galea, other than to confirm that he met with the FBI a couple of weeks ago.

Tiger Woods“That’s an ongoing case, so I can’t comment,” said Woods, who was treated by Galea after knee surgery but has repeatedly said he took no banned substances such as human growth hormone.

The world’s No. 1 golfer has been trying to rebuild his reputation after reports that he cheated on his wife with numerous women. He took a five-month break from the PGA Tour before returning at the Masters.

Though he was in contention at both Augusta National and the U.S. Open, he has yet to win since the scandal broke last November. Now he’s back at St. Andrews, where he won his first Open title a decade ago by eight shots and followed up five years later with another dominating victory.

“I wouldn’t say I have a specific advantage because there’s a lot of guys who can hit the ball as far as I do,” Woods said. “But this golf course requires placement. I mean, you really have to place the ball correctly.”

His putting also was a major factor in those two wins. Woods has decided to go with a new putter at this Open, switching to a Nike in hopes that he’ll improve some of the problems he’s had on the green since his comeback.

“You’re going to have some real long putts here no matter how you hit it, and you just have to get down in two,” he said.

As for his personal life, Woods spoke mostly in generalities.

“I’m trying to become a better player and a better person,” he said. “All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids, and I’m trying to be the best dad I can possibly be, and that’s the most important thing of all.”

Last week, Woods took a break from his Open preparations in Europe to return to the U.S. to spend time with his children, 3-year-old Sam and 1-year-old Charlie.

“That was an incredible experience, to hang out with my kids,” he said. “Normally I don’t come over here, play two days and then go back home. But the reason I did is obviously for my kids, and we had a great time.”

As for persistent reports that he’s agreed to a divorce from his wife, Woods was tightlipped.

“I’m not going to go into that,” he 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.