Solid Players in the Field at Sawgrass

By Rex HoggardJune 19, 2009, 7:35 pm
Lost amid the Sunday comings (Henrik Stenson) and goings (Alex Cejka and Tiger Woods) at TPC Sawgrass was some solid play by players in need of a boost.
 
Aaron Baddeley teed off first and played alone, raced around the Stadium Course before Cejka had his first cup of coffee, shot 66 and tied for ninth for the Australian’s first top-10 finish since last year’s BMW Championship.
 
Tim Clark also put on an early show with a closing 69 that included a 55-foot eagle putt at the 16th to add to what is best described as a rebound year. Following his best year on Tour in 2007 when he finished 22nd in earnings, the South African struggled in ’08 with just three top 10s.
 
It was a particularly pedestrian year for a player who, after years of battling a neck injury, was finally healthy.
 
“Last year was tough,” Clark said Sunday at TPC. “I mean I can finally practice again. 2007 was my best year on Tour and I didn’t hit one ball before a tournament. No practice at all.”
 
Clark said a big key to his turn around has been a new set of Srixon irons he put into play after the Masters. Clark, not one of the longest hitters on Tour, said the new sticks let him hit the ball a club longer and with more accuracy.
 
Fantasy hawks be aware, the new clubs adhere to the U.S. Golf Association’s dialed-down groove policy that begins on Tour in 2010, which makes a player that was already one of the best at hitting fairways even more worth watching. 
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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.


Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


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.