Glover stays out in front by 2 at Zurich

By Will GrayApril 27, 2013, 9:54 pm

With dry and fast conditions at TPC Louisiana, many players were able to make a move up the leaderboard during the third round in the Big Easy. Here's how things shape up heading into the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Lucas Glover holds a slim advantage over several players:

The leaderboard: Lucas Glover (-14), D.A. Points (-12), Billy Horschel (-12), Jimmy Walker (-12), Kyle Stanley (-12), Kevin Stadler (-11), Ricky Barnes (-10)

What it means: At one point Saturday afternoon, Glover was staked to a three-shot lead, but a pair of back-nine bogeys trimmed his advantage to a single shot before a birdie on the home hole pushed the lead back to two shots. He's in position for just his second win since claiming the 2009 U.S. Open, but has a large group of players within striking distance hoping to overtake him, including Horschel and Walker in search of their first career wins.

Round of the day: A rookie this year on the PGA Tour, Henrik Norlander is still in search of his first top-25 finish. After a bogey-free 65 Saturday, though, the 26-year-old Swede is in position for a big payday Sunday. Norlander began with birdies on four of his first five holes, ultimately turning in 5-under 31. Two more birdies on the back nine moved him to 10 under par overall, and Norlander will now begin the final round tied for seventh.

Best of the rest: Both Stadler and Stanley matched Norlander's 65 Saturday, rocketing up the leaderboard in the process. Stadler, among the best players on Tour still without a win, birdied seven of his first 11 holes and notched nine total birdies during the third round, moving up 30 spots into solo sixth place in the process. Stanley, meanwhile, eagled the second hole and added six birdies against just one bogey Saturday, ascending 22 spots into a tie for second with one round still to go.

Biggest disappointment: While most of the field was counting birdies by the handful, Boo Weekley saw his his name drop down the leaderboard with an over-par round Saturday. Weekley, who played in the final group Saturday with Glover, appeared to struggle with his swing all day and managed just two birdies en route to a 1-over 73. After starting the day just one shot off the lead, Weekley fell back into a tie for seventh, four shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: A year after Jason Dufner notched his first PGA Tour win at TPC Louisiana, is this the week that one of the Tour's rising stars breaks through for a maiden victory? Horschel, Walker and Stadler all sit within three shots of the lead, while players like Barnes, Harris English and Luke Guthrie enter Sunday's final round with a realistic chance to win.

Shot of the day: Making his first career PGA Tour start, Ken Looper finished his third round in style Saturday at TPC Louisiana. Looper, who gained entry to this week's field through the Monday qualifier, pulled his second shot to the par-5 left into the rough. The subsequent short-sided chip found the hole, though, and Looper finished his round of 5-under 67 with an eagle to move into the top 10.

Quote of the day: 'The wind picked up a little bit more than was forecasted. But we are outside, so that stuff can happen.' – Glover, who was among the afternoon wave facing conditions that were relatively more difficult than those Saturday morning.

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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.