Cheyenne Woods leads by one at Aussie Masters

By Randall MellFebruary 8, 2014, 2:22 pm

Cheyenne Woods battled through nerves and a rough start to take the sole lead Saturday at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.

With a 2-under-par 71, Woods moved to 12-under 207, one shot ahead of South Africa’s Stacy Lee Bregman (72) and two ahead of 17-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee (69), winner of the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior and back-to-back winner of the Australian Women’s Amateur (2012-13).

“I think getting through today was huge for me, mentally, especially,” said Woods, who is Tiger Woods' niece. “I am proud of how I was able to fight through today, and tomorrow is just going to be another day to get through. I’m taking it one hole at a time and just staying patient.”

Woods, 23, made three bogeys and a birdie over her first five holes at Royal Pines in Queensland, Australia. She rallied on the back nine in the wind, making birdies at four of the final five holes.



“It was definitely a roller coaster today, up and down all day,” Woods said. “But, like I said, I feel like I played well, I just missed a few putts here and there.

“Overall, I hit the ball well. I stayed steady throughout the day. I didn’t give up, so if I play like this tomorrow, I’d be happy. I feel happy with how I finished today.”

The Australian Ladies Masters is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf. Woods is seeking her first professional title outside an American mini-tour event.

Woods won the Atlantic Coast Conference title by seven shots while at Wake Forest. After turning pro in 2012, she won a Sun Coast women’s mini-tour event, but she has struggled in her bid to play the LPGA. She failed to advance through LPGA Q-School qualifying the last two years. She did qualify for the LET last year, ending her rookie season 78th on the Order of Merit. This week marks the first time she has held the 54-hole lead in an LET or LPGA event.

Woods was asked what a victory would mean to her.

“It would be a huge accomplishment, playing well this week,” Woods said. “I’m already happy with the way it’s been going, but to have that win would just be a cherry on the top, especially to start off my year.”

And what does she believe it will take to win?

“It comes down to the fire in your belly and fighting for every shot, especially on the final day,” she said.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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).

Getty Images

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.