Woods remains coy on early 2018 schedule

By Jay CoffinDecember 3, 2017, 10:02 pm

NASSAU, Bahamas – All week Tiger Woods said that he just wanted to get through 72 holes before determining where and when he’ll play in 2018.

Well, he finished the Hero World Challenge at 8 under par, tied for ninth place, said he felt great and is not sure what is next. It seems like he’s sure, but he’s not budging.

“We’re going to sit down, we’ll figure it out, where I’m going to start, how much I’m going to play, rest periods, training cycles, the whole nine yards,” Woods said shortly after signing for a final-round 68 at Albany.

Woods is a creature of habit, there is no doubt about that. So smart money would suggest that he will play the Farmers Insurance Open, Genesis Open, Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational all before the Masters in April.


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That schedule would give him one event in January, two in February and one in March. The Genesis Open and Honda Classic are in consecutive weeks, so that would also give him a chance to see how he feels playing that much golf in a 14-day span.

Still, the Farmers Insurance Open is Jan. 25-28 at Torrey Pines. Woods was asked how he expects to remain competitively sharp in the eight weeks between now and then.

“I’m sure the guys will have some denominations they want to play for,” Woods said. “(Justin Thomas) was already alluding to that as we were playing today so when we go home, these guys are awesome.

“They want to play almost every day. They want to compete, they want to see me back out there, and it’s really nice to have that type of camaraderie.”

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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.


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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.