Power Rankings: 2015 Valero Texas Open

By Will GrayMarch 24, 2015, 1:15 pm

The PGA Tour begins a two-week stint in Texas with the Valero Texas Open, the 20th event of the wraparound season. A field of 144 will tackle TPC San Antonio this week, where the winner will receive one of the last spots in the Masters.

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Steven Bowditch won this event a year ago by one shot over Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. Here are 10 players to watch in San Antonio:

1. Jim Furyk: Furyk finished third in his debut at TPC San Antonio in 2013, then followed with a T-6 finish last year. He has only one finish outside the top 15 this season and currently ranks second on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green and third in GIR percentage.

2. Jordan Spieth: Spieth is making his first start since a dramatic playoff victory in Tampa. He finally found his groove in San Antonio last year, where he finished T-10 despite an opening-round 75 after missing the cut at this event the prior year.

3. Dustin Johnson: Like Spieth, Johnson is making his first start after a win, having captured the trophy at Doral earlier this month. Johnson is making his first trip to TPC San Antonio, but he now has three top-five finishes in his last four starts, including a playoff loss at Riviera last month. 

4. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has been his usual consistent self this season: no result worse than T-33 in eight starts. He is also comfortable on the AT&T Oaks Course, with three straight top-25 finishes in this event highlighted by a T-4 finish last year.

5. Zach Johnson: Johnson won this event twice at La Cantera, and he finished T-6 last year in his return to San Antonio after a few years away. He enters with a pair of top-10 finishes in his last four events, including a T-9 finish at Bay Hill that included a final-round albatross.

6. Jimmy Walker: Walker is playing what amounts to a home game this week, and he'll have plenty of fan support. While he has slowed somewhat since his Sony Open win, Walker was T-3 at TPC San Antonio in 2010 and T-16 last year.

7. Ryan Palmer: Palmer tends to thrive in the Lone Star State, and his record this season is already impressive. He has made seven starts, with six resulting in top-25 finishes including a runner-up showing in Phoenix. Palmer was T-9 in San Antonio in 2010 and T-15 two years ago.

8. Freddie Jacobson: Consider it horses for courses. No matter his form, Jacobson seems to thrive at TPC San Antonio: in five straight appearances, he a pair of top-10s and has finished no worse than T-18. The Swede ranks fifth on Tour in strokes gained putting.

9. Brendan Steele: Steele notched his lone PGA Tour win at this event in 2011, and he followed with a T-4 finish in 2012. He has made every cut in 10 starts this season, including four top-25 finishes and a runner-up at the Humana Challenge. He was T-11 at the Honda Classic earlier this month.

10. Daniel Berger: The rookie has shown that his playoff loss at PGA National is no fluke. He finished T-13 at Bay Hill and now has six top-25 finishes in eight starts this year, with five of those results inside the top 15. He ranks 13th on Tour in birdie average and 17th in scoring average.

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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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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.