58 Players Exempt For 2001 US Open

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 19, 2001, 4:00 pm
Defending champion Tiger Woods heads a list of fifty-eight golfers who are currently fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Open, set from June 14-17 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. But several players may still earn a full exemption as of May 28 through three active categories.
Golfers will be fully exempt if they are within the top-50 on the World Rankings or they are among the top-10 on the 2001 PGA Tour money list as of May 28. The USGA will also fully exempt the top-two players on the 2001 European Order of Merit as of May 28.
Players can earn full exemption through any of 17 categories.
Below are the 58 players who are currently exempt (with exemption categories):
Robert Allenby - 9, 12
Stuart Appleby - 9
Paul Azinger - 8, 9
Notah BegayIII - 9, 12
Thomas Bjorn - 10
Mark Brooks- 5
Angel Cabrera - 10
Mark Calcavecchia - 9
Michael Campbell - 8,10
Stewart Cink - 8, 9
Darren Clarke - 10
Jose Coceres- 10
Chris DiMarco- 9
Joe Durant- 12
David Duval- 8, 9
Ernie Els- 1,8, 9,10
Nick Faldo- 8
Brad Faxon- 12
Steve Flesch- 9
Carlos Franco- 9
Pierre Fulke- 10
Jim Furyk- 9
Retief Goosen- 8,10
Padraig Harrington- 8,10
John Huston- 8, 9
Hale Irwin- 7
Lee Janzen- 1
Miguel Angel Jimenez - 8,10
Steve Jones- 1
Shingo Katayama- 15
Tom Kite- 1
Franklin Langham- 9
Paul Lawrie- 4
Tom Lehman- 4, 9
Justin Leonard- 4, 9
Davis Love III- 5, 9
Bob May- 9
Phil Mickelson- 9, 12
Colin Montgomerie- 10
Jose Maria Olazabal- 3, 8,10
Mark O'Meara- 3, 4
Greg Orr- 10
Jesper Parnevik- 9, 12
Corey Pavin- 1
Chris Perry- 9
Nick Price- 9
Phillip Price- 10
Jeff Quinney- 2
Loren Roberts- 8, 9
Vijay Singh- 3, 5, 8, 9
Hal Sutton- 9
Toru Taniguchi- 15
David Toms- 9
Kirk Triplett- 9
Scott Verplank- 9
Mike Weir- 9
Lee Westwood- 8,10
Tiger Woods- 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12

Key to Player Exemptions
1 -Winners of the U.S. Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2 -Winner of the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship.
3 -Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.
4 -Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.
5 -Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.
6 -Winner of the 2001 Players Championship.
7 -Winner of the 2000 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
8 -From the 2000 U.S. Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.
9 -From the 2000 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10 -From the 2000 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11 -From the 2001 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 28.
12 -Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 26, 2000 through June 3, 2001
13 -Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.
14 -From the 2001 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 28.
15 -From the 2000 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16 -From the 2000-2001 final official PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
17 -From the final World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 28.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

“Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

“I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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