O'Hern opens with blistering 62, leads Frys.com Open

By Will GrayOctober 12, 2012, 1:07 am

Nick O'Hern fired a 9-under 62 in Thursday's opening round to take a three-shot lead at the Frys.com Open.

Starting his round on the back nine, O'Hern birdied the 17th hole to spark a run of six birdies in a seven-hole stretch. The Aussie needed only 23 putts to complete his round at CordeValle, one that included nine birdies against no bogeys. Despite missing five cuts in his last seven starts entering the week, O'Hern now finds himself in position to claim his first career PGA Tour title.

Having just helped Europe to retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah, Nicolas Colsaerts opened with a 6-under 65 and sits in second place alongside Jhonnatan Vegas, three shots behind O'Hern. Colsaerts is currently 120th on the conditional PGA Tour money list, and will look to remain inside the top 125 in order to earn his Tour card for 2013 as he seeks to have full-time membership on both major tours next year.

Fresh off a third-place finish last week in Las Vegas, Jonas Blixt maintained his momentum with a bogey-free 66 Thursday and will begin Friday's second round tied for fourth. The Swede continues to make a late-season run at Rookie of the Year honors, seeking his fifth top-10 finish in his last nine starts.

At 125th on the official money list, Jeff Maggert enters this week's event as the dreaded 'bubble boy.' His effort to move off the bubble and secure playing status for 2013 began well Thursday, as Maggert opened with a 4-under 67 - his lowest round on Tour since The Greenbrier Classic.

Along with Maggert in a group at 4-under after Thursday's opening round is 2010 Frys.com Open champion Rocco Mediate. Historically plagued by back injuries, Mediate is still looking for his first top-20 finish on Tour since winning at CordeValle two years ago.

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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.