Furyk once again fails to convert 54-hole lead

By Nick MentaFebruary 16, 2015, 12:07 am

The ninth time was not the charm for Jim Furyk.

The 44-year-old's PGA Tour winless drought staggered on Sunday as he failed, yet again, to convert a 54-hole lead into a victory.

Taking a one-stroke lead into the final round, Furyk finished with 2-over 74, tying J.J. Henry for the worst round of anyone who finished in the top 50, en route to a disappointing tie for seventh.

"I'm still in a little - I don't know if shock is the right word, but I'm surprised," Furyk said, before going over the early part of his round in agonizing detail.

"I went out there early in the round, hit the ball very crisp, hit the ball well, really couldn't have played much better for the first four holes, but I really struggled to get the putts to fall. I hit a good putt at one, misread one at three, hit a real good putt at four that didn't go, and then when I bogeyed five, the round started slipping away. Those holes, 6-10, I hit a lot of good shots."

Not included in that post-round recap was his adventure down the cliffs off to the right of the sixth hole, from where he somehow saved par. Still, all those good shots added up to a front-nine 38 before another bogey set him back another shot on the par-4 10th. 

"Around the greens, I just let the round get away early," he said. "I stood on the 11th tee trying to think, 'How in the heck did I get to 3 over?'" 

In the end, Furyk failed to convert his ninth 54-hole lead in nine tries since his last victory on Tour, the 2010 Tour Championship. For reference, from 1994-2010, Furyk turned 17 54-hole leads or co-leads into 10 of his 16 career victories.

Sadly for Furyk, the hunt for No. 17 continues.

"Definitely that early part of the round, I hit the ball well and surely could have gotten off to a better start with the putter and gotten some putts to go in," he added. "That would have changed the whole flavor of the day for me."

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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.


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.