18-year-old Hull eyeing LET Order of Merit

By Randall MellDecember 8, 2014, 10:04 pm

England’s Charley Hull didn’t have a lot of time after Sunday’s final round at Q-School to ponder what winning conditional status to play the LPGA next year will mean. She was too busy racing to catch a plane to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in a bid to win a big prize over there this week.

Hull, 18, will tee it up in the Ladies European Tour’s final event of the year, attempting to become the youngest Order of Merit winner in the history of that tour.

“It’s something that would mean a lot to her,” said Dave Hull, Charley’s father.

Hull leads the LET’s Order of Merit with 247,616 euros this year, but France’s Gwladys Nocera turned up the heat on her, winning the Hero Women’s Indian Open on Sunday. Nocera is second on the list with 224,901. There are 75,000 euros to this week’s winner.

The Dubai Ladies Masters features a field that includes Hull, Nocera, Rolex world No. 5 Shanshan Feng and No. 12 Anna Nordqvist, as well as American Cheyenne Woods, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Australia’s Minjee Lee and England’s Laura Davies.

Despite a final-round, 4-under-par 68 Sunday at LPGA Q-School in Daytona Beach, Fla., the low round of the day, Hull came up two shots short of making a playoff for a chance at full LPGA status - and she wasn’t unhappy with conditional status. She played nine LPGA events this past year, six on sponsor exemptions, two through her Rolex world ranking and one via a Solheim Cup exemption. She could get those same starts next year, plus possibly 10 or more with her conditional status.

“If I would have had this status this past year, I’d easily have gotten my card,” Hull said.

Hull will be looking to mix LET and LPGA starts next year as she seeks to make the 2015 European Solheim Cup team. She helped the Euros upset the Americans and win the cup at the Colorado Golf Club in 2013.

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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.