Quick fix? How Woods has fared after missed cuts

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 26, 2014, 5:42 pm

SAN DIEGO – In the wake of one of Tiger Woods’ worst rounds as a pro, it’s the question on virtually every golf fan’s mind:

How will the world No. 1 bounce back after he missed the secondary cut at Torrey Pines?

Saturday’s 79 here matched his second-worst score as a pro. He needed to chip in for par and make a 9-foot par putt on his last two holes just to stay out of the 80s. Only his third-round 81 in terrible conditions at the 2002 British Open was worse.


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Because the Open in ’02 was an extraordinary case – a fluke weather day in what was a five-win, two-major season – Woods dusted himself off, returned to the Tour two weeks later and won the Buick Open.

Woods also shot 79 in the third round of the 2013 Memorial and second round of the 2010 Wells Fargo.

How did he fare in his next start?

Last year, after the Memorial, he teed it up at the U.S. Open at Merion and tied for 32nd. Back in 2010, and clearly not healthy, he played the very next week at the Players and withdrew because of injury.

His bounce backs after missed cuts – just 10 worldwide as a pro – are more telling, however. In a few cases, there were quick fixes.

Last year, after failing to play the weekend in Abu Dhabi, he flew here and won by four shots at Torrey Pines.

Other recent missed cuts, and his follow-up performances:

• 2012 Wells Fargo: the following week, he finished T-40 at the Players

• 2012 Greenbrier: two weeks later, he tied for third at the British Open

• 2011 PGA: didn’t play again for seven weeks, then tied for 30th at the Frys

• 2010 Wells Fargo: withdrew the following week from the Players

• 2009 British Open: two weeks later, he won the Buick Open

• 2006 U.S. Open: three weeks later, he tied for second at the Western Open

Woods won’t have much time to shake off this disappointment, either. He is playing in this week’s European Tour event in Dubai.

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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.