Green finishes off dominant week at LPGA Q-School

By Randall MellDecember 9, 2013, 12:20 am

Jaye Marie Green finished off a dominant performance Sunday at LPGA Q-School finals.

Japan’s Haru Nomura and South Africa’s Ashleigh Simon won a playoff for the final exempt spots awarded to the LPGA next year.

All the drama Green took out of who was going to win medalist honors was packed into the race for the final tour cards awarded.

With a 4-under-par 68 in the final round, Green claimed a 10-shot victory, going wire to wire to win with a 29-under-par 331 total, the Q-School record at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. She shattered the Q-School record Stacy Lewis set at LPGA International in 2008 by 11 shots. Green opened the week with a 62 and then followed it up with 68, 66, 67, 68.

South Korea’s Mi Rim Lee (69) finished second Sunday at 341 with Tiffany Joh (71) finishing third at 345 and Amy Anderson (69) fourth at 346.

“This is going to be a week that I’ll always remember,” Green, 19, of Boca Raton, Fla., said in the LPGA's media report. “I was the most nervous on that last green when I didn’t have to be, but I really was. When that putt fell, I was just speechless, and I think I was just seeing stars, really. It was a cool feeling. I just felt really relieved.”

Green was a Symetra Tour rookie this past season. Two summers ago, she finished runner up to Lydia Ko at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

The top 20 finishers earned exempt status on tour next year with the next 25 scores and ties earning conditional status.

With a four-way tie for 19th at the end of 90 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff was staged for the final two exempt spots. Simon claimed the first with a birdie at the third playoff hole. Nomura claimed the final spot after the first sudden-death extra hole, edging out Megan McChrystal and Jenny Suh for that final exempt spot.

Seon Hwa Lee, the LPGA’s 2006 Rookie of the Year, grabbed one of the 20 exempt spots finishing sixth. China’s 17-year-old Xiyu Lin will be joining fellow countrywoman Shanshan Feng as an exempt member of the LPGA next year. Lin tied for ninth.

Birdie Kim, the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open winner, and LPGA veteran Reilley Rankin earned conditional status tying for 23rd. Cheyenne Woods missed the cut on Saturday.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

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.


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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm