Meaningful confusion wins the day

By Randall MellSeptember 28, 2009, 9:33 pm
Golf’s two biggest stars both won.

You wouldn’t think you could design a better finish to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup season than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both coming out winners, but there was still an unsatisfying dimension to the ending.

The points system made it all a bit confusing the entire year, so maybe it’s fitting that the epilogue was emotionally confusing.

If Woods won the biggest prize, the $10 million jackpot, how come it felt like he was getting the consolation prize? Woods was clearly disappointed he didn’t win the Tour Championship and said as much. The emotion prevailed over what he was feeling as the winner of the FedEx Cup. Woods couldn’t hide the sting of failing to close out the tournament Sunday, and Mickelson couldn’t resist making fun of the fact that he won the Tour Championship trophy but Woods walked away with the giant paycheck.

Yes, these four FedEx Cup events were all worth watching with the best players going hard at each other in four consecutive events. Who doesn't want to see that? Yes, the playoffs were much improved with the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup race in doubt on the back nine of the final day. Still, in the end, it was all a bit confusing.

Maybe this is the best we can hope for in the FedEx Cup: meaningful confusion.

The problem is that there appears to be irresolvable issues with golf staging 'playoffs.' The regular season has to matter in this year-long competition. The Tour Championship has to matter, too. Therein lies the conflict. You have to win the Super Bowl to take home the Lombardi Trophy. You don't have to win the Tour Championship to take home the FedEx Cup. It's a problem with the PGA Tour staging 'playoffs,' one that may never be resolved because so many unmet expectations are created using the word 'playoffs.'

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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.


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.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

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.