World Challenge to move to Isleworth in 2014

By Will GrayNovember 22, 2013, 4:29 pm

One of the final golf tournaments of the calendar year is heading across the country in 2014.

After 15 years on the West Coast, the World Challenge will be played Dec. 4-7 at Isleworth Country Club in Orlando, Fla., next year. The announcement was made Friday by the Tiger Woods Foundation, which operates the event.

Isleworth is the former home of Woods, who now lives in Jupiter, Fla., and the course has shared hosting duties for the annual Tavistock Cup with nearby Lake Nona Golf and Country Club since 2004. As part of the changes, tournament officials confirmed to GolfChannel.com that the Tavistock Cup will no longer be played.

"We have a longstanding relationship with Tavistock Group and my friend, Joe Lewis, and I am thrilled to see it grow in support of our Foundations," Woods said as part of the release. "We've enjoyed 15 amazing years in Southern California ... I'm looking forward to this next phase of the World Challenge and what it can bring to Florida."

Next month will mark the final edition of the limited-field event at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The tournament has struggled to maintain title sponsorship in recent years, and Woods reportedly helped personally to cover the operating costs when the event was played without a title sponsor in 2012. Last year's presenting sponsor, Northwestern Mutual, has moved up to become title sponsor of this year's event, held Dec. 5-8. The 18-man field will feature 14 of the top 20 golfers in the latest world rankings, notably PGA champion Jason Dufner, defending World Challenge champion Graeme McDowell and Woods, who has won the event five times.

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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.