LPGA battle for No 1 begins anew

By Randall MellFebruary 16, 2011, 10:45 am

Over the first four years of the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, the No. 1 spot changed hands once.

In the last 10 months, it's changed hands 10 times.

The free-for-all for the top spot looks ready to spill through another year.

The 2011 LPGA season doesn't begin until Thursday in Thailand but the top spot’s already changed hands once this year.

Yani Tseng seized the No. 1 spot in Monday's newest rankings with her back-to-back wins in Australia.

Annnika Sorenstam was No. 1 when the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings made their debut on Feb. 21, 2006. She held the top ranking until Lorena Ochoa overtook her on April 23, 2007. Ochoa held the top spot for more than three years until retiring with Jiyai Shin taking over on May 3, 2010. Shin, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr took turns holding the top spot through last year.

Here’s the history of the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf:

Annika Sorenstam (Feb. 21, 2006-April 16, 2007) 60 weeks.

Lorena Ochoa (April 23, 2007-April 26, 2010) 158 weeks.

Jiyai Shin (May 3, 2010-June 14, 2010) 7 weeks.

Ai Miyazato (June 21, 2010) 1 week.

Cristie Kerr (June 28, 2010-July 12, 2010) 3 weeks.

Ai Miyazato (July 19, 2010) 1 week.

Jiyai Shin (July 26, 2010-Aug. 9, 2010) 3 weeks.

Cristie Kerr (Aug. 16, 2010) 1 week.

Ai Miyazato (Aug. 23, 2010-Oct. 18, 2010) 9 weeks.

Cristie Kerr (Oct. 25, 2010) 1 week.

Jiyai Shin (Nov. 1, 2010-Feb. 7, 2011) 15 weeks.

Yani Tseng (Feb. 14, 2011) 1 week.

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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.