Trouble Producing Wins Off the Farm

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicIn 1994, the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, now the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, was deemed an official PGA Tour event.
 
It had been around since 1968, but it wasnt until Brian Henninger won in 94 that the champion was credited with an official tour victory.
 
Henninger again won the tournament in 1999. He hasnt won since. And he isnt alone.
 
When is the beginning the end? Apparently when you win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
 
Each of the last nine SFB champions has failed to record another victory on the PGA Tour. Those nine winners have combined to play 802 tour events without a single victory among them.
 
Fred Funk is suffering the longest drought ' in terms of events played ' among the group. He has gone 196 starts since his 1998 victory.
 
John Huston is the most recent player trying to reverse the Annandale curse. He won last years edition at Annandale Golf Course in Madison, Miss., which has hosted the event since 94, by one stroke over Brendan Pappas.
 
On a sidebar, Brendans older brother Deane finished runner-up to Luke Donald the year before.
 
Donalds SFB triumph was his first and thus far only PGA Tour triumph; though, he has won twice on the European Tour this season. He claimed his maiden title over a rain-shortened 54 holes.
 
Weather has long been a factor in this event. Eight SFB events have been cut short due to inclement weather. The 99 tournament was reduced to 54 holes due to the death of Payne Stewart.
 
From 1999 until 2002, the tournament was contested as the final full-field event of the season. Last year, it was moved to the spot it now holds on the calendar, which is concurrent with the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.
 
With most of the top-ranked players in Ireland for the AmEx, the SFB offers several others a golden opportunity to secure their tour cards for next season.
 
Including the SFB, there are only five full-field events remaining on this years schedule.
 
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    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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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm