Pancake (67) leads rain-suspended Bahamas Classic

By Randall MellFebruary 5, 2015, 10:08 pm

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Brooke Pancake’s fans are a hungry bunch.

She hears it.

“Scattered, smothered and covered!”

That’s the Waffle House order her husband/caddie, Derek Rende, hears the most when they’re making their way around the golf course together. Really, he hears orders for half the menu when he’s toting her bag.

She did, by the way, recently make news signing as a Pancake, inking a sponsorship deal with Waffle House. She carries the company’s logo on her bag and makes appearances at Waffle Houses in cities where she plays. While there are no Waffle Houses in the Bahamas, the folks here know the menu.

“All-Star Combo ... Papa Joe’s Pork Chops & Eggs ... Texas Biscuits & Gravy.”

They’ve heard them all.

“It’s hilarious,” Pancake said.

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They also heard a lot of cheers and applause Thursday at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. With a 6-under 67, Pancake is the leader in the clubhouse of the rain-suspended first round at the Ocean Club Golf Course. She’s one shot ahead of Inbee Park, Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis.

With rain halting play in the afternoon, 60 players are scheduled to return to the course at 8 a.m. Friday to finish their rounds.

Pancake took advantage of calm morning conditions with a sizzling start. She made birdies on six of her first seven holes and then scrambled brilliantly when heavy winds hit late in the morning. She hit just nine greens overall but kept getting up and down for par. She needed only 20 putts on her round.

“I gave myself a lot of birdie looks early and really took advantage of those,” she said.

Pancake played bogey-free even when hitting greens was tough on her second nine.

“I definitely have a lot of trust and confidence in my short game right now,” she said.

Pancake, beginning her third full season on the tour, is looking for her first top-10 finish in an LPGA event and her first title. She joked that she’s already a winner this week: she’s up $20 gambling in the Casino at the Atlantis.

“Gambled for the first time in my life,” she said.

What did she win her money playing?

“Penny slots,” she answered. “Big spender.”

She’s looking to get into position to play some high-stakes golf come Sunday’s finish of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

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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.