Snedeker eyeing automatic Ryder Cup berth

By Will GrayAugust 18, 2016, 11:38 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. – While the bubble talk at the season-ending Wyndham Championship tends to revolve around No. 125, Brandt Snedeker is instead focused this week on No. 8.

That’s the position Snedeker hopes to reach by next week on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, thereby ensuring his spot on the American team at Hazeltine.

Although much of the discussion about potential captain’s picks has focused on the players who represented the U.S. last week at the Olympics, it’s Snedeker who entered this week as the odd man out at No. 9 in points, less than $50,000 behind Patrick Reed for the final automatic bid.

After three top-25 finishes in his last four starts, Snedeker is again in the mix after a 5-under 65 on a familiar layout that left him two shots off the lead.


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“I’ve got two big weeks coming up with Ryder Cup points to get it done,” Snedeker said. “This is a big week for me. Need to go out there and put three more rounds like this together to have a chance.”

Snedeker’s opening effort gave him that chance, but Reed isn’t making it easy on him after starting with a 4-under 66 of his own. J.B. Holmes, who at No. 7 leads Snedeker by less than $65,000, also shot a 2-under 68.

Snedeker made his lone Ryder Cup appearance at Medinah in 2012, and he reiterated the fact that making this year’s team – one way or another – remains a priority.

“I want to be on that team. I love playing Ryder Cups,” Snedeker said. “I want to be there representing the United States, so I’m going to use that as motivation to go out there and work hard and grind my tail off the next three days.”

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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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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.