Reavie (63) grabs Round 1 Pebble lead; Phil 5 back

By Al TaysFebruary 11, 2016, 11:33 pm

On a day when viewers got a much bigger dose of Chris Berman than the tournament leaders, we are reminded that celebrity golf is back with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Among the play-for-pay set, however, Chez Reavie emerged out of the Day 1 positioning to grab a one-shot lead. Here's how things are shaking out amid the crashing waves at the former Crosby Clambake.

Leaderboard: Chez Reavie (-8, MP), Freddie Jacobson (-7, PB), Cameron Smith (-7, MP), Bronson Burgoon (-7, MP)

What it means: With play spread over three courses, matters are a long way from sorting themselves out. Many of the biggest names in the field played at Spyglass Hill, where Phil Mickelson turned in a 4-under 68. Dustin Johnson (70), Jordan Spieth (71) and Jason Day (71) also played there, as did Bubba Watson, fresh off being booed in Phoenix, who shot 73 at Spyglass. Reavie's leading 63 came out of nowhere, as he had missed the cut in his previous two events.

Round of the day: Reavie turned in 1-under 33 when he caught fire, birdieing the first four holes on the back nine. He added another birdie at No. 15 and eagled the par-5 16th on his way to a 63. The only blemish on his card was a bogey at the par-3 ninth.

Best of the rest: We'll pick Freddie Jacobson's 7-under 65 at Pebble Beach for this honor. (Cameron Smith and Bronson Burgoon each shot 7-under 64 on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula course.) Jacobson birdied five holes on the front to turn in 31, then added circles at the 15th and 17th for a bogey-free 65.

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth's 1-under 71 at Spyglass Hill was by no means a bad round, but more a case of missed opportunity. He may be under par, but he's tied for 66th.

Main storyline heading into Round 2: The player to keep an eye on is Mickelson, who has won this event four times, most recently in 2012. He will play Monterey Peninsula on Friday.

Quote of the day: “Well, like an idiot I switched drivers, and today I hit a few shots that I haven’t hit. I hit some shots I didn’t care for today. So I’ll go back to my other driver.”

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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.