A cut above at only 14

By David AllenJuly 10, 2009, 5:53 pm
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Alexis Thompson, at 14 the second-youngest player in the field at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, is putting in a strong bid to become the championship’s second-youngest player ever to make the cut (Marlene Hagge was 13 in 1947). Thompson currently stands even par through 10 holes early Friday morning at Saucon Valley Country Club. She started the day on the back nine with a bogey on the par-4 10th hole, but got the stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 6th hole.

Thompson is even par through 28 holes and is only two strokes off the pace set by Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr and Jean Reynolds. All three of those players tee off this afternoon. First-round leader Na Yeon Choi is 2 over on the day through eight holes and 1 under par for the tournament. She bogeyed her first two holes before steadying the ship with six straight pars.

Thompson, who’s made a habit of qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open (this is her third appearance), is vying to make the cut for the first time.

“The first year (2007 at Pine Needles), I was pretty nervous,” said Thompson after Thursday’s opening-round 71. “I was probably nervous on every shot. This year, I’m really determined and I know I can contend if my game is on.”
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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.


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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

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.