Power Rankings: 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson

By Will GrayMay 17, 2016, 4:43 pm

The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Texas this week for the AT&T Byron Nelson. A field of 144 players will tackle TPC Four Seasons Resort at an event that pays tribute to one of the game's all-time greats.

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Steven Bowditch won this event last year by four shots over a trio of players. Here are 10 players to watch outside Dallas:

1. Dustin Johnson: DJ has done everything but win this event, with five straight top-20 finishes including four top-10s. Johnson has the length off the tee to capitalize this week, and he didn't lose much momentum with a T-28 finish last week at TPC Sawgrass after three straight top-five results.

2. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman tends to play well in the Lone Star State, and he won in San Antonio just a couple weeks ago. He was also a runner-up last year at this event and brings plenty of momentum with him to the Metroplex, with that Valero win sandwiched around top-15 finishes in Hilton Head and New Orleans.

3. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar is another player with a solid course history here, having finished T-15 or better in three of his last five trips to Dallas. He also finished T-3 last week at The Players Championship, continuing a run of solid form this year that includes top-25 finishes in five of his last seven starts overall.

4. Jordan Spieth: The world No. 2 finished T-16 here as a 16-year-old amateur back in 2010, but he hasn't finished better than T-30 since. Spieth will be the main draw this week, but coming off a surprising missed cut at TPC Sawgrass it remains to be seen if he will be able to revamp his short game in the span of a week.

5. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African finished T-28 last week in his first action since a T-15 finish at the Masters. The last time he came to Dallas, he held a share of the 54-hole lead en route to a T-11 finish. As he showed with a runner-up earlier this year at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, Oosthuizen can handle a Texas track.

6. Charl Schwartzel: Oosthuizen's countryman skipped last week's event in Ponte Vedra, so he should be rested and ready for a track where he finished T-3 in 2014 and T-11 in 2015. While Schwartzel missed the cut at Augusta in his most recent start, he did win in a playoff in Tampa in March.

7. Sergio Garcia: Garcia won this event in 2004, but he hasn't been back since a T-20 finish in 2011 because in the past it has conflicted with the Open de Espana. While he struggled over the weekend at TPC Sawgrass, one of his favorite venues, a second-round 66 showed that a big result isn't far off.

8: Ryan Palmer: Palmer is a fan favorite this week and he's played like it in recent years, with a runner-up in 2011 sparking a run of four top-25 finishes in the last five years at this event. He also finished T-4 in San Antonio last month and was T-23 last week in Florida.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman is the proverbial horse for course this week in Dallas, as the Aussie has finished T-12 or better five of the last seven years in this event. While he hasn't shown much form since a T-5 finish at Riviera, Leishman did close with a 66 in New Orleans to finish T-20 three weeks ago.

10. Brooks Koepka: The bomber opened with a 66 last week at TPC Sawgrass en route to a T-35 finish, and he has finished T-26 or better in five of his last eight starts. Koepka was T-16 in Dallas just a year ago, an effort that included a 64 in the third round.

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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.