After Further Review: No such thing as momentum?

By Jason Sobel, Rex Hoggard, Will GrayOctober 13, 2014, 2:43 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the unlikely champion at the, Jarrod Lyle's big week and a missed opportunity at the Portugal Masters.

Perhaps there is no such thing as momentum on the PGA Tour. After all, Sang-Moon Bae won the Open this week after going almost 18 months without a top-10 finish. He played the final round at Silverado alongside Zac Blair, who missed the cut at the first three Tour Finals before a runner-up finish out of nowhere at the last event earned him a PGA Tour card. And the top rookie this week was Jon Curran, who missed nine of his last 10 cuts.

Among the game’s best players, the difference in raw talent is microscopic. Sometimes one swing key, one good round – even one good bounce – is all a player needs to move from slamming his trunk to contending for a trophy. – Will Gray

It was a shame the Portugal Masters was shortened to 36 holes because of weather for, well, lots of reasons, but chief among them is that it robbed us of watching two more rounds of Nicolas Colsaerts in contention.

No offense to Alexander Levy, who was declared the champion, but during a time on golf's calendar when the game could use a boost from some characters in contention, a guy nicknamed The Dude suffices nicely.

When Colsaerts played in the Ryder Cup two years ago, he appeared destined for stardom, a long-hitting, cool-strutting guy far from the country club cookie-cutter that too often reaches such levels.

Let's hope his two low rounds in Vilamoura – which included a near-59 on Thursday – are just the beginning of more big things for The Dude. The game could use a few more like him. – Jason Sobel

As a two-time leukemia survivor it was always clear that Jarrod Lyle had a handle on how to persevere through unfavorable odds.

This week at the Open we learned he has a flair for the dramatic.

Lyle carded a 6-under 66 on Monday, needed two extra holes to earn a spot in the field at the season opener and followed with rounds of 72-70-71-70 to tie for 31st at Silverado in his first PGA Tour event in 29 months.

Lyle still has plenty of time to retain his Tour card, but the circuit could save some time and send this season’s Courage Award the Australian’s way. – Rex Hoggard 

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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.


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.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

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.