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Spieth: Career-worst discomfort with putter

By Rex HoggardSeptember 24, 2017, 10:39 pm

ATLANTA – It should have been no surprise considering Jordan Spieth has penned the year’s most dramatic and entertaining moments, but when the 24-year-old holed his approach shot at the par-4 10th hole there was a sense that something special was about to happen at the Tour Championship.

The eagle moved Spieth to 7 under and within four strokes of the lead, but as has been the case a few times during this year’s playoffs, Spieth’s putter went cold at the worst time.

“It was a fight this whole week. I got on the greens and this was the most uncomfortable I've been with the putter in my hands maybe in my career,” said Spieth, who closed with a 67 to tie for seventh at East Lake. “It was probably the worst putting event that I had this entire year.”

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Spieth ranked 21st out of 30 players in strokes gained: putting and he made just a single putt longer than 8 feet on Sunday.

First on the playoff points list to begin the week, Spieth was momentarily tied with Justin Thomas for the FedExCup lead, but he played his last five holes in 1 over to finish second in the season-long race.

“I made a great birdie on 13 thinking I might have some leeway trying to play 1 under from here on in,” said Spieth, who did secure the Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average this season with his finish. “Unfortunately, I went 1 over and it probably wouldn't have made a difference anyways.”

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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.