Donald hoping for some 'hometown' support

By Randall MellSeptember 26, 2012, 3:35 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – England’s Luke Donald may be more at home in the Chicago area than any American player in the Ryder Cup.

Donald thinks so.

He lives in Chicago, on the North side, and he’s a Cubs fan. Donald, 34, played collegiately at Northwestern and stayed here, marrying a Chicago girl. He has lived in this area almost as long as he lived in England.

If not for the not-so small fact that he will play for Europe in this week’s Ryder Cup at Medinah, Donald might enjoy being the hometown favorite.

“It’s a unique situation for me,” Donald said. “I’ll be the only guy on both teams that is more familiar with this town than probably anyone. Hopefully, I can garner a little support from the crowd because of that and turn that into a slight advantage for Team Europe, but it is a unique experience for me.”

Donald feels like a Chicagoan, but . . .

“I always consider myself British through and through. I’ve obviously reaped the benefits of going through the college system over here, really helped me with my golf, and I feel very comfortable here, but I don’t think that changes how you feel about where you grew up. I grew up my first 19 years in England and still have a very close relationship with that country, with my country. I still have a lot of family there, and I visit there regularly.

“I wouldn’t say I consider myself American. I’ve tried to stay true to where I was brought up.”

Though he also has a winter home in Jupiter, Fla., Donald says Chicago always draws him back.

“I feel like the people are very welcoming and friendly,” Donald said. “I just love the culture of Chicago. It’s a sporting town as well, which appeals to me . . . Great restaurants, great museums. Obviously, I met my wife here. My coach lives here. I have a good, firm base of friends and family that live here, and it just feels very comfortable.”

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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.