U.S. coming out 'guns blazing' after Day 1 disappointment

By Randall MellJuly 25, 2014, 12:01 am

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Americans dug themselves a hole in their stunning shutout Thursday at the start of the International Crown.

Chinese Taipei, the eighth and lowest seed in the matches, swept the No. 1 seeded Americans in fourballs.

“Match play is kind of a funny thing,” American Cristie Kerr said. “You can play great and lose a match, or just hang around and end up making more putts and winning a match. So, I told the girls not to hang their heads because tomorrow’s a new day.

“There’s a lot of golf left this week.”

First, the American team of Kerr and Paula Creamer was routed, 4 and 3, by Teresa Lu and Candie Kung. Then the American team of Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson got beat, 1 up, by Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao after Tseng holed a 13-foot birdie at the last hole.

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The Americans never led in either match. They were the only team in the eight-nation event to fail to score a point.

Lewis was asked what was learned.

“I guess we learned that those pairings didn’t work very well,” Lewis said. “But Lexi, I was proud of her. We hung in there. We couldn’t get many putts to fall, but we hung in there.”

The Americans will switch it up Friday in their two fourballs matches against a hot Spanish team that went unbeaten Thursday. The Spaniards won a match and halved another against Thailand. Lewis will team with Creamer Friday, and Thompson will team with Kerr.

“We’re going to be coming out guns blazing,” Kerr said. “We have nothing to lose from here on in. We have to fight as hard as we can fight.”

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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.