DeChambeau signs with Cobra Puma, Bridgestone

By Rex HoggardApril 12, 2016, 9:06 pm

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – It wasn't another “Hello world,” as Tiger Woods famously said when he turned pro in 1996, but Bryson DeChambeau’s professional debut this week at the RBC Heritage is drawing plenty of attention.

Following his tie for 21st last week at the Masters, DeChambeau begins his quest to gain PGA Tour status this week. It’s the first of at least seven Tour events he will play this year on a mixture of sponsor exemptions and invitations.

“These past six months were preparing me for this week and my future,” DeChambeau said. “This transition should be fairly easy. I wouldn't say it's going to be that easy, obviously, because there's obstacles thrown in your way. But we're trying to make it as seamless and easy as possible.”

DeChambeau also announced he signed a long-term endorsement deal with Cobra Puma Golf for clubs and apparel; he will play a Bridgestone golf ball and use that company’s gloves.

The 22-year-old will play next week’s Valero Texas Open, the AT&T Byron Nelson, Colonial, Memorial, Quicken Loans National and the Travelers Championship in an attempt to earn enough FedEx Cup points to secure Tour status.

Those who have been in DeChambeau’s position in the past said the biggest challenge he will face will be limiting his own expectations.

“There’s a lot of talk when you turn pro and there’s a lot of pressure on yourself as well,” said Colt Knost, who turned pro after a similarly solid amateur career that included victories at the 2007 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links. “He’s got seven starts or whatever to come out here and get a job or he’ll have to go to Q-School and spend a year on the Web.com Tour.”

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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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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.