DeChambeau earns low am at Masters; pro debut looms

By Ryan LavnerApril 10, 2016, 9:16 pm

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Decorated amateur Bryson DeChambeau added one last line to his résumé Sunday: Low amateur at the Masters.

The 22-year-old DeChambeau, who will turn pro next week at the RBC Heritage, closed with an even-par 72 to earn top honors at his first Masters. He was tied for 22nd when he finished his round.

Romain Langasque of France was the only other amateur to make the cut. He tied for 39th.

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DeChambeau was only one shot off the lead late on Day 2, but he made a triple bogey on his final hole to sit in a tie for eighth heading into the weekend. He shot 77 on Saturday. 

“Unfortunately there were a few things that I need to do a little bit better to take care of on our end,” he said, “and if we can do that, I think I’ll be right back in the thick of things. I’ve just got to keep placing myself there.” 

DeChambeau said that he was fatigued, which he attributed to playing nine holes on Monday while trying to sort out his equipment. He said his hip gave out on the 15th hole Friday and led to his two pulled drives on 18.

“I wouldn’t say that’s the full reason, but at the same time, it did affect me,” he said. “It was unfortunate, but again, it’s a learning experience.”  

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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.