Woods, McIlroy both fall on Day 1 in Turkey

By Ryan LavnerOctober 9, 2012, 2:17 pm

The first round of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final didn’t unfold as expected – especially for tournament organizers.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy each lost their opening matches Tuesday, meaning that they likely need to win both matches Wednesday or risk being sent home early.

Or, worse, having their highly anticipated showdown rendered meaningless.

“I have to take care of my match and we’ll see in the afternoon,” Woods said, according to the Irish Times. “’We have to both win in the morning. We’re the two highest-ranked players in the world right now, and it will be a fun match either way, but it will obviously be a lot better if we both win in the morning.”

Players in this eight-man exhibition are separated in two groups of four. The top two points-earners – full point for a win, half point for a halved match – from each group advance to Thursday’s semifinals at Antalya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey.


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Woods, McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel and Matt Kuchar are in Group 1, while Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson comprise Group 2.

Making his first appearance since the Ryder Cup, Woods made a triple bogey on the ninth hole, fought back to square the match on 17, then flew his approach way long on 18, leading to a bogey for a round of 70 and an early loss to Schwartzel (69).

Kuchar dominated world No. 1 McIlroy, shooting 70 to the Northern Irishman’s 76 to open up with a victory. McIlroy's round included a triple bogey and a pair of double bogeys.

In the other two matches, Rose (71) handed Mahan (75) a loss, and Westwood chipped in on 17 and then made par on the final hole to eke out a one-stroke win over Simpson.

The pairings for Wednesday (all times ET):

1:30 a.m.: Lee Westwood vs. Justin Rose

1:40 a.m.: Hunter Mahan vs. Webb Simpson

1:50 a.m.: Rory McIlroy vs. Charl Schwartzel

2 a.m.: Tiger Woods vs. Matt Kuchar

6 a.m.: Justin Rose vs. Webb Simpson

6:10 a.m.: Lee Westwood vs. Hunter Mahan

6:20 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel vs. Matt Kuchar

6:30 a.m.: Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods

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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.