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By the numbers: Key stats from Round 3 at the Hero

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 2, 2017, 10:21 pm

Tiger Woods didn't have a good day, but Charley Hoffman built a five-shot lead heading into the final round. Here are the key stats from Round 3 at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods

• 72.9 field scoring average in third round (3.5 shots higher than second round)

• Zero rounds in 60s in third round (20 rounds in 60s in 1-2 combined)

• 3-over 75 in third round (played last five holes in 2 under)

• Did not make birdie until 14th hole

• Hit seven straight GIR to finish third round (2 under in that span)

• 7/13 fairways, 9/18 GIR, 28 putts

• 4-over 40 on front nine (5-under 31 on front nine Friday)

• Hit 2/9 GIR on front nine (6/9 GIR, 3/3 scrambling Friday)

• 2 over on holes 1-3 (8 under on holes 1-3 in previous six rounds)

• Shot 70-76 on weekend in this tournament last year

• Can move up more than 250 spots in World Rank by finishing tournament

• Five bogeys in third round (made four in first two rounds combined)


Charley Hoffman

• 14 under through three rounds; five-shot lead entering Sunday

• Hideki Matsuyama led by seven shots entering final round last year (won by two)

• 0-for-4 converting 54-hole leads in official PGA Tour events

• Hero World Challenge is not an official PGA Tour event

• Four career PGA Tour wins (last: 2016 Valero Texas Open)

• Zero top-10s in previous seven worldwide starts entering week

• Set career high in earnings last season($4.1 million)

• Making Hero World Challenge debut (40 years old)


Justin Rose

• 9 under through three rounds; 1-under 71 in third round

• Combined 5 under on holes 1-5 this week (3 under Saturday)

• Combined 103 under par in last nine worldwide starts

• Seeking third win in last five worldwide starts

• Won WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open in consecutive weeks

• Eight straight worldwide top-10s entering this week (two wins in that span)


Jordan Spieth

• 9 under through three rounds; 72 in third round

• 8 under on front nine this week (1 under in third round today)

• Seven top-10 finishes in previous nine worldwide starts entering week

• Won this tournament at Isleworth in 2014 by 10 shots

• Three players have won this event multiple times

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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.