By the numbers: Key stats from Fowler's Hero win

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 3, 2017, 8:59 pm

Rickie Fowler won the trophy, but Tiger Woods was impressive, too, on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge. Here are the key stats from the final round.

Tiger Woods

• Lowest final round score since 2015 National

• First time finishing final round of tournament in 364 days (this event last year)

• Second time finishing 72 holes in official event in 833 days (2016 Hero the other)

• Most birdies/eagles in final round (seven) since 2012 Memorial

• Projected to move as high as 659 in World Ranking (1,199 this week)

• Hit 13/14 fairways; has hit 14/14 just twice since 1999 on PGA Tour

• Eagle on No. 7; first eagle on par 4 since final round of 2010 Masters (also hole 7)

• First time with multiple eagles in tournament since 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational

• 5-under 31 on front nine; second 31 on front side this week (second round)

• 5 under in second round was best 9-hole score to par since this event in 2013

• Double bogey at 10; snapped 14-hole stretch of 7-under golf

• 7-for-14 scrambling over last two rounds (3-for-5 on Sunday)

• Finished one shot ahead of Justin Thomas; eight shots ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson


Rickie Fowler

• Second worldwide win of 2017 (Honda Classic)

• 11-under 61 in final round; lowest round worldwide as professional

• Lowest round in tournament history regardless of course

• Trailed Charley Hoffman by seven shots entering final round

• Largest final round deficit overcome in any worldwide win

• Largest 54-hole deficit overcome to win in tournament history

• Eighth top-10 finish in last 11 worldwide starts

• Finished either first or second in 3 of last 4 worldwide starts

• Seven straight birdies to begin final round; made turn in 8 under

• Longest birdie streak of career (official or unofficial events)

• Best 9-hole score in official PGA Tour event is 29 (three instances)


Charley Hoffman

• Third runner-up finish worldwide in 2017 (API, Canadian)

• Started final round with five-shot lead over two players

• 0-for-4 in official events with 54-hole lead (unofficial this week)

• Played first eight holes of final round in 1 over par

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit)

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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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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.