Who will win the 93rd PGA?

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2011, 12:30 am

With just 18 holes left to play at the 93rd PGA Championship, GolfChannel.com senior writers Jason Sobel and Rex Hoggard offer their picks as to who will win the Wanamaker Trophy. 


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Keegan Bradley is going to win the PGA Championship.

I can usually answer these point-counterpoint questions with 100 percent certainty that my opinion is correct – OK, maybe 80 percent on a wishy-washy day. This one may be closer to 12 percent certainty, but I’m more sure about Bradley’s chances going into the final round at Atlanta Athletic Club than those of anybody else on the leaderboard.

Here’s the technical part: He’s only one back, so he won’t have the glare of being in the final pairing. He’s also a very good driver of the ball and a solid mid-range putter.

There’s more to it than that, though.

Nothing against Jason Dufner or Brendan Steele or any of the other contenders, but Bradley seems to have a bit more of a star quality to him than the co-leaders. We’ve been waiting for Dustin Johnson or Rickie Fowler or Anthony Kim to break through as the next young American to win a major, but this 25-year-old may get there before any of them.


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Picking a winner at this week’s PGA Championship is the competitive equivalent to new math, you know there’s a right answer but “none of the above” just feels so right. But as this year’s majors have taught us, nothing goes to script, and if anyone has that round-peg-in-a-square-hole look about them it is Brendan Steele.

Sure, this is the rookie’s first Grand Slam go. Sure, he’s as untested as a Florida public school student, but if he’s proven anything in his short tenure among the play-for-pay set it is that Steele is much more than a surname.

This is, after all, the same “kid” that needed a top-5 finish at last year’s Nationwide Tour Championship just to get to the Show. He won. The same beanpole who rattled in a 5-footer to win this year’s Texas Open in just his 12th PGA Tour start.

And the same flat-liner who lag putted from Buckhead to Duluth on Nos. 16 and 17 on Saturday to keep the pack at bay.

There are 10 players within five shots of the lead. And a five-spot at Atlanta Athletic Club is little more than a bad five minutes, but Steele has the grit to surprise us all.

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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.


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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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.