Senior Tour Tackles NFL Golf Classic

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 4, 2001, 4:00 pm
Lee Trevino ended a 27-month victory drought by defeating Walter Hall by two strokes in the 2000 NFL Golf Classic.
 
The then-60-year-old became the first two-time winner of the tournament. He also won the inaugural event in 1993.
 
It was Trevinos 29th-career Senior title. The win also made him the second player in Senior PGA Tour history to win an official event in five different decades (Gary Player).
 
This years field at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, N.J., will include Trevino, Player, Larry Nelson, Jim Colbert, 1999 champion Allen Doyle, Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson.
 
Watson is making his first start since winning his first PGA title at the Senior PGA Championship.
 
A total of 56 players from the National Football League will compete in a four-day, 72-hole event featuring a 36-hole qualifier and two separate 18-hole stroke-play events.
 
After the pro-am competition on Wednesday and Thursday, the field of NFL players will be cut to the low-26 men. The 12 players with the lowest 18-hole scores after the third round will advance into Saturdays final round. The player with the lowest 18-hole score on Saturday will be crowned champion.
 
Last year, Tennessee Titans punter Craig Hentrich fired a final-round 3-over-par 75 to beat Carolina Panthers tight end Brian Kinchen by three strokes.
 
Hentrich won $30,000 for his charity, the Marquette Catholic High School.
 
The professional purse is $1,200,000; with $180,000 going to the winner.
 
Full field and tee times for the NFL Golf Classic
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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

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.