Juli Inkster forever young in Asia

By Randall MellFebruary 26, 2010, 8:43 pm

Putting is the fountain of youth in professional golf.

That’s the sentiment I got talking to Juli Inkster before the season opened. She turns 50 on June 24 and she said after last year’s Solheim Cup that she was going to begin easing toward retirement this season, cut her schedule down and play more for fun and camaraderie than the money list.

But after a long session with putting wizard Dave Stockton in January, she was energized watching putts disappear. She said a balky putter took the fun out of last season. She committed to both of this year’s season-opening events in Asia.

And look at her now.

With a 2-under-par 70 Friday at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, Inkster is just one shot off the lead halfway through the event. If she keeps this up, she could eclipse Beth Daniel as the oldest winner of an LPGA event. Daniel was 46 when she won Canadian Women’s Open in 2003.

After Friday's round, reporters in Singapore asked Inkster what keeps her going.

“I don't know, stupidity,” Inkster cracked. “I really like what I do. I love to play golf. I guess, because I started so late, I didn't start until I was 15, golf never really seemed like a business, never really seemed like my livelihood. It just seems like something I did.”

Inkster was also asked why getting the tough tee time draw didn’t bother her.

“I don't think I give a crap as much,” she said. “I don't take it home with me like I used to. I don't live and die with every shot. This is probably my last year. I'm trying to enjoy it and not get frustrated and not . . . I'm just trying to enjoy the moment . . . It's not life or death for me.”

Probably her last year? If Inkster wins, we’ll be talking about the possibility of her making a record ninth Solheim Cup appearance next year.

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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.