Same tune, different day for Woods' 67 Friday

By Jay CoffinMarch 9, 2012, 11:21 pm

DORAL, Fla. – Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before: Tiger Woods’ round could’ve been much better.

With the exception of the final-round 62 last week at the Honda Classic – which definitely could NOT have been better – Woods just hasn’t been able to get maximum value out of his rounds.

A second-round 67 Friday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship was good, but it was only three shots better than the day’s scoring average. Woods began the day six shots behind leader Adam Scott and ended the day tied for 15th place, seven shots behind leader Bubba Watson, who blistered Doral to the tune of 10-under 62.

“It certainly could be had,” Woods said. “You drive the ball well on most of the holes you’re going to have some short irons in there and you can take advantage of it.”

Although Woods left a couple out there the round also was stress free. There never was a time when he was in danger of making bogey. On his first nine holes – which began on No. 10 – he only missed one fairway and two greens, although both of his missed greens were inches off the green, barely onto the fringe. He made birdie on both pars 5s (10 and 12) and made the turn at 2 under.

Woods caught fire at the beginning of his second nine holes with birdies on Nos. 1, 4 and 5, but the birdie train ended there.

The second nine was not as tidy as the first even though it produced one more birdie. Woods only hit three fairways in that stretch and failed to make birdie on easier holes like No. 7 and the par-5 eighth hole, which Watson eagled moments earlier.

Failure to go lower was a combination of iron play – even though he hit 14 greens, many of them were not in makeable birdie range – and putting. When Woods did have makeable birdie putts he failed to make them, although the misses were not as ghastly as they have been over the past month; most looked like good strokes.

“I hit pure putts, I hit them right on my line and they were just lipping out,” Woods said. “I just have to be committed to what I’m doing and continue rolling it, because I’m hitting the putts on what I’m reading and what I’m seeing, and unfortunately they are just lipping out.

“This is the highest score I could have shot today for sure. It could have been pretty low.”

Woods will be paired with Steve Stricker in Round 3. They tee off at 12:25 p.m. ET.

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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.