Stock Watch: Consistency counts; Ignorance costs

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 11, 2014, 6:30 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

J-Walk (+8%): Sure, he nearly kicked away a six-shot lead on the back nine at Pebble, but the result looks the same on paper – three wins in eight starts. Time to get fitted for that Ryder Cup gear.

The other Woods (+6%): The victory on the Ladies European Tour was significant for the 23-year-old Cheyenne, for it thrust her out of her uncle’s considerable shadow. But, please, enough with the premature superstar talk – she hasn’t even earned an LPGA card yet!

The Donald (5%): No bluster here – the early reviews of Trump’s Doral renovation are positive. If the Tour’s glitterati agrees next month, it’ll be a major upgrade for what had become a sleepy WGC venue.

DJ (+3%): Sure, he’s only three starts deep into his 2013-14 campaign, but Johnson already has a win, a T-2 and a T-6. OK, golf fans, this might finally be the year that he cashes in on all of that awesome potential.

Honda Classic (+1%): The top 8 in the world are all committed to the opening event on the Florida swing, completing a remarkable transformation for the once C-level event.


FALLING

Spongy green balls (-2%): Yes, D.A., these are artificial devices. The tour pros’ lack of knowledge regarding the rules never ceases to amaze.

Phil (-6%): Lefty closed out his worst West Coast swing ever with a putrid performance on the greens at Pebble. Was his putter already on vacation with the wife and kids?

Sneds (-9%): A year ago this week, Snedeker was the hottest player in the game and ranked fourth in the world. Now, he’s down to world No. 17, fresh off another MC (his second in three starts) and has just one top-10 since early July. The Masters is only getting closer, you know.

Match Play (-10%): Sheesh! At this rate, world No. 77 Koumei Oda might want to make travel arrangements to Tucson. The silent protest of Dove Mountain actually speaks volumes.

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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.


Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


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.