Singhd Sealed and Delivered

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 29, 2008, 4:00 pm
In Backspin, GolfChannel.com takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf ' with a spin.
 

CA$HING IN: Vijay Singh officially claimed the second FedEx Cup championship, winning the $10 million bonus prize. Singh, who only had to complete 72 holes at the Tour Championship in order to capture the cash, finished in 22nd place at 9 over.
 
BackspinThrough two years, the FedEx Cup has produced two great champions and zero drama. Its back to the drawing boards for Finchem and company. Really, though, what can you do? If you make the process any more volatile you could end up with a WGC-Match Play scenario, in which all of the big names bow out early. But, then again, you cant leave things the way they are either. The commissioner has a conundrum. Wed feel sorry for him ' if he didnt make a reported $4.5 million per year.
 

MO MONEY, MO MONEY, MO MONEY: Camilo Villegas collected his second consecutive victory at the Tour Championship in a sudden death playoff over Sergio Garcia. The Columbian had six birdies over his last 11 holes to force the playoff. With the win, Villegas also clinched second place in the FedEx Cup playoffs over Garcia, earning a total of $4.26 million between his victory and Cup finish.
 
Backspin It has been that type of year for Sergio: close, but no cigar. Credit Villegas, however, who had to wait 85 starts for his first victory, only to pick up his second his next time out. And even though we knew who the FedEx Cup winner was, you couldn't ask for much more drama in the race for second place. A sudden death playoff for over $4 million ' if only it was for all the marbles.
 

CAPTAIN IN DISTRESS: European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo was under siege in the wake of his teams loss to the Americans. He was railed for his decision to back-load his line-up on Sunday and was actually called Americas 13th Man by the Daily Mirror.
 

BackspinThis was what so many people in Europe have been waiting for: a chance to slam Faldo. Some European press members ' and even players ' were probably happy to see their side fall just so they could blame it on the captain. Certainly Faldo wasnt Bernard Gallacher, but its not his fault Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood didnt win a match between the three of them. Why are they getting a free pass? Is the Ryder Cup all of a sudden not as important to the Europeans as it was when they were winning?
 

SOAKIN IN THE SUN: On the other end of the spectrum, U.S. captain Paul Azinger is being treated like he just cured small pox. The Azinger support has grown into a rallying cry for him to captain once again in 2010.
 
Backspin If we were Azinger there is no way we would captain again. Its not going to get any better than it is right now, and should something go wrong at Celtic Manor in 10 people will quickly forget what he did in 08. The public loves nothing more than to put people on a pedestal and then swipe it out from under them. Remember when the Europeans reveled in Faldos Ryder Cup success?
 

QUITE AN HONOR: Davis Love III was announced as the Payne Stewart Award recipient. The award goes to the player who reflects Stewarts respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the games heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
 
Backspin Named after the late Stewart, who died in a plane accident the week of the 1999 Tour Championship, the recipient Love simply said: Payne was a great competitor and a great friend of mine, and to have my name on the trophy is going to be quite an honor.
 

LOVELY THOUGHT, BUT Meanwhile, Love was asked if he might be the captain of the next U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2010. I would consider myself too young and too interested in still playing, the 44-year-old said.
 
Backspin Love will one day captain the team, but hes still got a chance to be competitive over the next couple of years and maybe make the team. We think Tiger Woods should be the next captain. The U.S. seems to fare better when hes not playing on the team.
 

WELCOME BACK: Lorena Ochoa returned to the winner's circle for the first time since May with her playoff victory over Candie Kung and Cristie Kerr at the Navistar LPGA Classic. It is the seventh win this year for the Mexican star, who had been away from the tour for the last month.
 
Backspin It sure seems like a long time ago that we were wondering if anything could stop Ochoa from winning the 'Senorita Slam'. Despite the time span between, seven wins is seven wins, and that is impressive. Hopefully she can build some momentum towards next year so we can prematurely talk about the Grand Slam again.
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Retief Goosen and his caddie Colin Byrne have reportedly decided to call it quits ... Cristie Kerr was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame Eduardo Romero won the Champions Tour's SAS Championship by three shots over Tom Kite.
 
Backspin Byrne caddied for Goosen for five years, but when you havent won a PGA Tour event since 2005, something has to change The enshrinement class also featured former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl, Marlins broadcaster and former major-league shortstop Cookie Rojas and Homestead-Miami Speedway chief Curtis Gray The victory by Romero marked his third win of the season and made the Charles Schwab Cup race all the more entertaining. If that's possible.
 

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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.