Woods to skip The Players due to lingering injuries

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 6, 2011, 7:30 pm
Tiger Woods will forgo next week's Players Championship due to lingering injuries, he announced via his personal website on Wednesday.


The world's No. 7-ranked player suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee and a strained Achilles tendon while hitting a shot from underneath the famed Eisenhower Tree on Augusta National Golf Club's 17th hole during Round 3 of the Masters three weeks ago.

The announcement means Woods will miss a second consecutive scheduled appearance, following an early decommitment from the Wells Fargo Championship.

Last year, Woods was forced to withdraw from The Players on the seventh hole of the final round, citing a neck injury that caused tingling in the fingers on his right hand. Since his lone victory at the PGA Tour's flagship event in 2001, he has registered just one top-10 in nine subsequent appearances.

This is hardly the first time Woods has been sidelined due to problems related to his left knee. Following arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in 2008, he returned to win the U.S. Open, only to miss the remainder of the season with further surgery afterward. He also underwent surgery to drain fluid around the ACL in 2002 and had a benign tumor removed in 1994.

Woods hosted his annual Tiger Jam charity concert this past weekend in Las Vegas, where he was seen still wearing a walking boot on his left leg.

His next scheduled start is expected to take place at the Memorial Tournament from June 2-5, an event he has won four times since 1999. That would be followed by the U.S. Open two weeks later at Congressional Country Club.

In five PGA Tour appearances this season, Woods owns just two top-10 results, with a best finish of T-4 at the Masters, where he closed three strokes behind winner Charl Schwartzel.

He hasn't won a stateside event in 18 starts – dating back to the 2009 BMW Championship – the longest drought of his professional career. His last international victory came later that year, when he prevailed at the JBWere Australian Masters.
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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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