Quigley Off To Superb Start

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 19, 2001, 4:00 pm
Brett Quigley made playing good golf in tough conditions look rather easy on Thursday, as he coasted through blustery winds and an extremely long Diamante Country Club to take the outright lead through Round 1 of the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic.
 
For the day, Quigley carded a new course record of 7-under-par 65. Simply calling his round a new course record was a bit of an understatement, however. It was a bit of an insult.
 
Considering that Diamante plays out to a length of 7,519 yards, and that the average score from Thursday was 74.776 (with 13 players unable to break 80), Quigleys round was probably the equivalent of something along the lines of a 61 or 62.
 
Considering that the wind was howling on top of all this, and his round seemed almost something unimaginable.
 
'I knew it was going to be a tough day with the wind blowing and as long as this course is,' said Quigley. 'I just tried to make as many birdies as I could. Playing with the guys back home in Florida, we'll make nine or 10 birdies playing in the wind like this. I tried to take that attitude today.'
 
Apparently, he took some sort of different attitude or approach on Thursday. His efforts were good enough to see him finish with a three-stroke lead over Richard Zokol and four shots ahead of John Elliott, Mike Grob, Sonny Skinner and Vance Veazey.
 
The key for Quigley may have been that while he seemed in awe of the challenges presented by the course, he also seemed to relish the opportunities they presented.
 
'It's intimidating to stand on the tees and see 481-, 472- and 486-yard par 4s,' he claimed.
 
But then, he added, 'It's nice to have to hit 3-, 4- and 5-irons into the greens for a change.
 
Some of the other players echoed his thoughts and were rightly proud of their play as well.
 
'I played very, very solid today on a very demanding golf course, said Zokol. I've never played a longer course on any tour. It's a big golf course. There are a lot of guys wearing out their 3-woods, 4-woods and 2-irons this week.
 
At four shots back, Skinner was one of those players: 'It's a big hitter's course, no question. I hit 3-wood three times for my second shot into par 4s.
 
Fridays round is said to bring more winds, although they are likely to subside somewhat towards the latter part of the day.
 
No matter for Quigley, however. He is thinking nothing of it.
 
I was looking forward to 17 and 18, he admitted of his finish on Thursday. I knew they were birdie holes and thought if I could finish 3-3, I'd shoot 62. I got a little greedy there.'
 
Thats one word you could call it.
 
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic

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.

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.


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