U.S. rebounds with sweep at International Crown

By Randall MellJuly 25, 2014, 9:01 pm

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Japan staged a terrific comeback Friday at the International Crown while the Aussies collapsed.

The Americans rebounded from being shut out on Day 1 with a sweep of Spain.

Thailand swept Chinese Taipei.

The International Crown heads to the final day of fourballs with Thailand in control of Pool A and Japan in control of Pool B and the Americans right back in the mix. The top two nations from each pool advance to Sunday singles with points carrying over. A fifth wild-card team also will advance. The third-place team from each pool will stage a sudden-death playoff on Saturday evening to determine who advances as the wild card.

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Thailand 5 2-1-1 Japan 6 2-0-2
Chinese Taipei 4 2-2-0 Korea 4 2-2-0
U.S. 4 2-2-0 Australia 3 1-2-1
Spain 3 1-2-1 Sweden 3 1-2-1



Match 9
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugarn def. Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung and Teresa Lu, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Moriya, the older sister, hasn’t been as celebrated as Ariya in their careers, despite winning LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013, but Moriya has been a match-play dynamo this week, making nine birdies over the first two days to Ariya’s four. The Jutanugarns haven’t been beaten through two days. They halved their match against Spain on Thursday.

Match 10
Thailand’s Onnarin Sattayabanphot and Pornanong Phatlum def. Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao, 1 up.

The lowdown: Tseng had a chance to win another match dramatically with a birdie at the last, but her 20-footer slid left. Sattayabanphot took advantage, ramming home her 18-footer for birdie to win the match and give Thailand a sweep of Chinese Taipei.

Match 11
Japan’s Mamiko Higa and Mika Miyazato def. Australia’s Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Higa made birdies at three of the first five holes, helping Japan get control of this match early. This Japanese team has yet to be beaten. They halved their match against Sweden on Thursday.

Match 12
Japan’s Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine halved Australia’s Katherine Kirk and Lindsey Wright.

The lowdown: This halve felt like a victory for the Japanese and a loss to the Aussies. After going 6 up with seven holes to go, the Aussies couldn’t close the deal, making a double bogey and two bogeys down the stretch in this best-ball format. Like their teammates, Miyazato and Yokomine have yet to be beaten in this competition. They defeated Sweden on Thursday.

Match 13
Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall def. Korea’s Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu, 1 up.

The lowdown: Hedwall made a pair of eagles, her first after driving the green at the 282-yard par-4 fifth hole. She hit her drive to 4 feet and the Koreans gave her the putt.

Match 14
Korea’s Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim def. Sweden’s Mikaela Parmlid and Pernilla Lindberg, 1 up.

The lowdown: In a terrific match, the Swedes shot a best-ball 62 and lost. The South Koreans shot 61.

Match 15
USA’s Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson def. Spain’s Bele Mozo and Beatriz Recari, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: With Thompson holing a 3-foot birdie at the par-5 16th, the Americans closed out Spain and put their first points on the board. Thompson bombed her driver around Caves Valley, making eagle at the 12th hitting driver and 7-iron. Kerr made three birdies in a row on the back nine.

Match 16
USA’s Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer def. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz, 2 up.

The lowdown: Lewis and Creamer are two of the best ball strikers in the women’s game. They beat a formidable Spanish tandem by constantly applying pressure with their shot making.

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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.

Rules changes include no more viewer call-ins

By Rex HoggardDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Although the Rules of Golf modernization is still a year away, officials continue to refine parts of the rulebook including an overhaul of the video review protocols.

A “working group” led by the USGA and R&A announced on Monday the new protocols, which include assigning a rule official to a tournament broadcast to resolve rules issues.

The group – which includes the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA tour and PGA of America – also voted to stop considering viewer call-ins when processing potential rule violations.

In addition, a new local rule was announced that will discontinue the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard when the player was unaware of the violation.

In April, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes during the final round when officials at the ANA Inspiration learned via e-mail from a viewer of an infraction that occurred during the third round. Thompson was penalized two strokes for incorrectly marking her golf ball and two for signing an incorrect scorecard.

“The message is, as a fan, enjoy watching the game and the best players in the world, but also have the confidence that the committee in charge of the competition have the rules handled,” Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of Golf, said on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" on Monday. “Let’s leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament.”

The working group was created in April to review the use of video in applying the rules and the role of viewer call-ins, and initially issued a decision to limit the use of video through the introduction of the “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standard.

According to that decision, which was not a rule, “so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be inaccurate by the use of video evidence.”

The new protocols will be implemented starting on Jan. 1.

A comprehensive overhaul of the Rules of Golf is currently underway by the USGA and R&A that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.