Mickelson rallies down stretch, cards 68

By Will GrayNovember 1, 2013, 11:13 am

Phil Mickelson watched his opening round unravel Thursday across his closing stretch at Sheshan International Golf Club.

One day later, the 43-year-old used the final holes of his round to rally back into contention heading into the weekend at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

After a disappointing 1-under 71 Thursday – a round that included three balls into the water as he played his final two holes in 5 over – Mickelson got off to another turbulent start in the second round, with two birdies and two bogeys across his opening six holes. Standing on the 12th tee, Lefty was even par for the day and several shots off the lead.

From there, though, Mickelson closed his round with five birdies across his final six holes, a stretch of red numbers sandwiched around a bogey on the par-4 14th hole. It all added up to a 4-under 68, one that moved Mickelson into a tie for 11th heading into the weekend, seven shots behind overnight leader Dustin Johnson.

Despite reaching just 12 of 18 greens in regulation Friday, Mickelson was able to card eight birdies during the second round and with 14 circles on his scorecard through 36 holes, the southpaw leads the field in birdies along with Jordan Spieth.

Mickelson also extracted a bit of revenge against the holes that doomed his opening effort. After taking 14 shots to complete holes 8-9 to close his round Thursday, he needed just eight strokes to play the same two holes Friday, making a par at No. 9 and notching a birdie on No. 8 after a quadruple-bogey 9 a day earlier.

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

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.