You Oughta Know: 2013 World Challenge

By Jason SobelDecember 8, 2013, 2:23 am

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Here is everything You Oughta Know entering the final round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge:

– Tiger Woods owns a two-stroke advantage over Zach Johnson entering the final round. When holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, Woods has converted 48 of 52 times. He is 39 of 41 when holding the outright third-round lead.

– Among the four times Woods has not won after holding a 54-hole lead, the largest lead was two strokes over eventual champion Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship, when he posted a final-round 75.

– Woods’ final-round scoring average when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead is 70.518.

– The 54-hole leader/co-leader has won the World Challenge just twice in the last nine seasons (Woods in 2007 and Graeme McDowell in 2012).

– The tournament host, Woods is seeking his sixth-career win in the 15th edition of this event. He also owns three runner-up finishes in 13 total starts. In his other three appearances, he finished 10th in 1999, T-14 in 2005 and T-4 last year.

– Woods owns 19 career professional victories in his home state of California. A win on Sunday would be his 20th in the final year before this tournament moves to Florida.

– Zach Johnson will enter the final round in second place, two strokes behind Woods. Prior to an 18th place finish last year, he was second in 2007 and 2011, T-5 in 2009 and T-9 in 2010.

– In 23 career rounds at Sherwood Country Club, Johnson has now posted sub-70 scores on 14 occasions, including a 67-68 start in this week’s opening rounds.

– Bubba Watson is in third place entering the final round, four strokes behind Woods. In his previous starts at this event, Watson finished T-14 in 2010, T-6 in 2011 and T-9 last year.

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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.