Mickelson riding momentum into Oakmont

By Rex HoggardJune 13, 2016, 1:39 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It wasn’t the finish he was hoping for, but Phil Mickelson couldn't hide his excitement heading into next week’s U.S. Open.

Mickelson, who began the day three strokes behind eventual champion Daniel Berger, closed with a 67 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to finish tied for second place with Brooks Koepka and Steve Stricker.

“I hit it a lot better today. The ball-striking last week was really good and just wasn't quite as sharp this week but my putter was there,” Mickelson said. “Trying to put the pieces together for next week. This is a really good momentum builder heading into next week's challenge.”

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Mickelson cut the lead to one stroke with a 44-footer for birdie at the 12 hole but he was unable to catch Berger, who played his last seven holes in 3 under to finish at 13 under.

Lefty struggled with his swing for much of the week at TPC Southwind, but following a post-round session with his swing coach on Saturday, he seemed to find some consistency. He hit 8 of 14 fairways on Sunday, his best effort off the tee all week, and 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

“For me to get into contention and feel the heat and to just get my game feeling sharp heading into next week it was important,” Mickelson said. “[Oakmont is] a course that will severely punish poorly hit shots and reward well struck shots. So, to have a little bit of momentum, have a little bit of confidence heading into next week is big time.”

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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.