Points' putting has him two back through 36 in NOLA

By Ryan LavnerApril 26, 2013, 11:35 pm

AVONDALE, La. – Before seeing instructor Brian White for the first time last month, D.A. Points had missed seven of nine cuts, with no finish better than 63rd.

Their putting session at the Shell Houston Open, at the suggestion of another player, turned out to be exactly what Points needed. A few days later, he holed a 13-foot putt on the 72nd hole to win his first title since 2010. Points hadn’t seen White since.


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But on Wednesday, White made the trek from Beaumont, Texas, and worked with Points and a few of his other clients here at TPC Louisiana.

Once again, White noticed a few faults in Points’ stroke: His right hip was too high at address, and his takeaway was too much with his hands and wrists and not a natural swinging of the arms.

And just like in Houston, the feedback immediately resonated with Points. After rounds of 66-68, he’s two shots back heading into the weekend.

“If you make putts, the game of golf is so much easier,” he said. “I’m making putts and I’m very confident over my shorter putts. When you feel like you’re going to make everything inside 5 feet, that makes the rest of your life a lot easier.”

Points’ only top-10 finish this season – his only top 30, actually – came in Houston, where he won. Since that surprising victory, he has finished T-53 and T-38.

“I’ve realized that it’s going to happen,” he said of his recent run of success. “You’re going to play good. You’re going to play bad. You just have to try to hang in there when it’s not going good and believe that it’s going to turn around and be good eventually.”

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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.