Power Rankings Quail Hunting

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 3, 2011, 4:08 pm
Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the Wells Fargo Championship:

2011 Power Rankings: Week 18

Rory McIlroy1Rory McIlroy

The defending champion nearly won the week following his Masters collapse. After a couple of weeks off, he should be physically rested and Quail Hollow should provide some mental relief.

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

Mickelson has a great track record at this event, with four top-5 finishes in this event. This is his first start since a disappointing Masters.

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson
Watson won last week for his second Tour title of the season. He may be the current leader for Player of the Year. A win this week and he might be considered the best American-born player, as well.
Nick Watney
Nick Watney
Watney got off to a hot start, culminating in a win at Doral. He has since cooled, finishing out of the top 10 in his last three events. He's made the cut in each of his six starts at the Wells Fargo.
Webb Simpson
 Webb Simpson
Simpson has missed the cut in his two previous starts at Quail Hollow, but he's fresh off a runner-up showing in New Orleans. He's third on Tour in scoring average and second in All Around.
Tommy Gainey
Tommy Gainey
Gainey is playing as well as anyone at the moment, with back-to-back third-place finishes. The South Carolina native should feel comfortable one state north.
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
Kaymer tied for ninth in Malaysia, the week after missing the cut at the Masters and losing his No. 1 world ranking. He has a lot to prove on American soil this week.
Jim Furyk
 Jim Furyk

Furyk contended at the Heritage before a poor final round ended his hopes for a title defense. He won this event in 2006 and has three other top-10 finishes here.

Hunter Mahan
 Hunter Mahan
Since the beginning of the year, Mahan has alternated poor result with top 10. He missed the cut in his last start at Augusta, so it's time for another solid start.
Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler
McIlroy broke through with an impressive victory last year at Quail Hollow. Perhaps its Fowler's turn in 2011. He tied for sixth in '10.

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team, based on who is most expected to contend in each upcoming event.

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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.

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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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.