Knox on Ryder Cup pick: 'I’ve made my case'

By Will GrayAugust 23, 2016, 6:42 pm

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Russell Knox knows that The Barclays represents his final chance to catch the eye of Darren Clarke.

While American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III won’t round out his 12-man roster with selections until next month, Clarke will make his three picks on Aug. 30 after the conclusion of this week’s event at Bethpage Black and the European Tour’s Made in Denmark.

Nine players have already clinched automatic qualifying spots, and both Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer appear to be consensus selections. That likely leaves only one more spot up for grabs, with Knox heading the list of contenders after his win earlier this month at the Travelers Championship. It was the second title of the PGA Tour season for the Scot, who feels prepared for either outcome.


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“The great thing with captain’s picks is that he can choose whoever he wants and I’ll be OK with it,” Knox said Tuesday. “I feel like I’ve done everything I could do. I played my best. I made the commitment to join the European Tour so I was eligible. I played well. So I guess I’ve made my case, and hopefully it’s good enough.”

Knox indicated he hasn’t had much conversation with Clarke since The Players Championship, when the Ulsterman hosted a dinner for potential Ryder Cup rookies that also featured a “pep talk” from Rory McIlroy. While Clarke’s team will already include five rookies who qualified automatically, Knox hopes that his resume over the past 12 months will speak for itself.

“I mean, it’s important to me, but it’s not the end of the world,” he said. “If he chooses not to pick me, I’m not going to sulk in the corner.”

Knox barely missed qualifying for one of the automatic spots, but only because of a questionable technicality. His win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China counted for world ranking and FedEx Cup purposes, but Knox didn’t receive any Ryder Cup points for the victory since he didn’t claim European Tour membership until after his win.

Had those points counted from China, Knox would have qualified comfortably – fourth on the world points list, bumping out Matthew Fitzpatrick. It’s a factor that the 31-year-old hopes Clarke takes into consideration when making his final selections.

“The way I’m going to look at it is, I won’t feel like I’m a pick in a weird kind of way,” he said. “If I’m lucky enough to get picked, I’ll feel like 10 people qualified and he picked two people. That’s the way I’m going to look at it to take pressure off myself. But yeah, that’s not my decision.”

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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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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.