Qualifying schedule announced for 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 11, 2016, 5:00 pm

The qualifying schedule has been unveiled for the 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, a contest that will culminate with the national finals at Augusta National Golf Club.

Open to boys and girls ages 7-15, the event aims to help younger generations begin their lifelong connection with golf by providing a fun, interactive platform for participants of all skill levels. Local qualifying will begin Sunday, May 8 at TPC Sawgrass and will continue across all 50 states.

A total of 256 local qualifiers will be held from May-August, with the top three juniors advancing from each age and gender category. Fifty sub-regional events across 31 states will be held in July and August, with two juniors from each category advancing.

From there, a series of 10 regional contests will be conducted in September with one junior advancing from each category.

The top 80 performers - 40 boys and 40 girls - will compete for the national championship in their respective age group on Sunday, April 2, the day before the Masters begins at Augusta National.

Online registration for the 2017 event opens on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Click here for a detailed breakdown of the qualifying sites and registration information.

  • Local (May-August): 256 host sites throughout all 50 states (3 juniors advance in each age/gender catergory per venue)
  • Sub-Regional (July-August): 50 host sites throughout 31 states (2 juniors advance in each age/gender catergory per venue)
  • Regional (September): 10 host sites in 10 regions (1 junior advances in each age/gender catergory per venue)
  • National Finals (April 2, 2107): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
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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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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.