Toms Wins Par-3 Contest
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This Wednesday, Toms earned the dubious distinction of Par-3 champion. Playing in his fourth consecutive Masters Tournament, Toms carded a 5-under-par 22 to win the annual competition, which is contested on a nine-hole, par-27, 1,060-yard course adjacent to Augusta National.
Toms is no stranger to the success in Augusta, Ga. In his first Masters appearance in 1998, Toms fired a final-round 8-under-par 64 to finish in a tie for sixth. The 64 was one stroke shy of the tournament 18-hole record. His back-nine 29 tied a Masters record, as did his six consecutive birdies on holes 12-17.
Toms was one of four players to record a hole-in-one, doing so at the 3rd. The four holes-in-one tie a contest record (1996, 97). Darren Clarke aced the 2nd, while Scott Verplank and Chris Perry each did the same on the 9th.
Perry won the Par-3 event last year; and true to history finished the tournament in a tie for 14th.
Just because you win the Par-3 contest doesnt mean you want ever win the 72-hole event. Twelve players have won both. Last year, Vijay Singh was crowned Masters champion, six years after he won the Par-3 contest.
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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
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:
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.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
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.
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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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open
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.