Wie (69) holes out on par 4, two back at ANA

By Randall MellApril 2, 2016, 1:13 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie liked her read setting up over a wedge from 132 yards at the 12th hole Friday at the ANA Inspiration.

She holed it for eagle.

She started her round on the back nine, and the early eagle sparked a round of 3-under-par 69, moving her just two shots off the lead.

Wie just wished she could have read her putts so well.

“I definitely felt like I could have made a lot more,” Wie said. “I just felt like a blind person out there. I hit a lot of good putts; I just misread them slightly. So, just consistency, that's kind of what I've been looking for, and the next two days just see what I can do, and play the way I have been playing, just keep doing it.”

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Actually, Wie took two fewer putts Friday than she did Thursday. She went to a “Nicklaus style” putting stance this week for short putts, imitating the crouched stance of Jack Nicklaus. She laughed when asked what kind of responses she has been getting to her new stance.

“I haven’t really heard much, but I can only imagine,” she said.

Wie is looking to jumpstart her year, and Mission Hills is a good place to do it. While Wie has never won the ANA Inspiration, she has made a number of stirring runs into Sunday contention in this major. She has five top-10 finishes in the event.

In six starts this season, Wie has missed two cuts with no finish better than her tie for 25th at the Coates Golf Championship. She didn’t have a top-10 finish all of last year.

“This is a really special place for me,” she said. “This is like my 12th time being here.

“It's really fun being back in contention, so I'm going to just kind of have fun out there.”

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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.