Baltusrol finish nothing like Troon for Stenson (T-7)

By Will GrayAugust 1, 2016, 12:22 am

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The final-round magic that earned Henrik Stenson a major title just two weeks ago was nowhere to be found Sunday at the PGA Championship.

Stenson began the final round at Baltusrol within two shots of Jimmy Walker, but a 1-over 71 included just one birdie and a costly double bogey on the par-4 15th hole. At 8 under, the Swede finished T-7.

“It was a long day. I never felt like I brought my A game,” Stenson said. “I was struggling most of the day. I think I hit more poor shots in the two rounds today than in the previous six or seven rounds combined.”

Stenson admitted that the rain delay that washed out much of the third round on Saturday did him no favors. After two straight rounds of 67, he had a “really good” range session before play was halted, but when he returned to the practice facility Sunday morning, his swing failed to click as it had the day before.

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“This morning I was battling in the warm-up and never really found it,” he said. “It’s not really my game, either, when it’s this soft and you have to watch your spin on all your short- to mid-irons. It makes it hard because I feel like you have to club up and start to chip it instead of hitting it flat out like I would normally.”

The whirlwind continues for Stenson, who will leave Thursday for the Olympics in order to walk with the Swedish delegation in Friday’s Opening Ceremony. While he came up short in his bid for a second straight win, Stenson remained pleased with his first start as a major champion just days after he left Royal Troon with the claret jug.

“The week took a lot of energy out of me. We haven’t got time to recharge,” he said. “Given all that, I’m pretty pleased that I was one of the guys up there contending this week. Going to take a lot of positives out of that.”

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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.

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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.