Pak Looks to Make History

By Lpga Tour MediaAugust 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Jamie Farr Owens ClassicSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Se Ri Pak will attempt to become only the second woman in LPGA history to win an event five times when she returns to defend her championship at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger this week.
 
Her win at the event last year tied her with seven other LPGA legends as winners of the same event four times. LPGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Famer Mickey Wright holds the record for wins at one event with five, coming at the Sea Island Open in 1957-58, 1960-61 and 1963.
 
Pak won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger in 1998-99,
2001 and 2003. She is the first player to win the same event four times since Patty Sheehan recorded her fourth victory at the Rochester International in 1995.
 
Pak and Sheehan share four-time-winner status with LPGA greats Patty Berg, Laura Davies, Betsy Rawls, Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias and Wright. Pak recorded her fourth victory at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger when she was 25 years old, making her the youngest of any four-time event winner.
 
Pak is currently ninth on this year's money list and in pursuit of her second title of 2004. Her first victory of the season came at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, where she defeated Juli Inkster and Lorena Ochoa by two strokes.
 
Returning to the $1.1 million event to challenge Pak will be last year's second-place finisher Marisa Baena. Heather Bowie and Mi Hyun Kim also return after good performances last year, as they tied for fourth place, finishing three strokes behind Pak.
 
The tournament field will also feature several previous winners from the 2004 season, including Moira Dunn, Meg Mallon, Weetabix Women's British Open champion Karen Stupples, Jennifer Rosales, Sherri Steinhauer, Karrie Webb and Ochoa.
 
After her 2001 victory at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, Pak celebrated by jumping into the clubhouse pool. She made a splash in the pool again after her victory in 2003. If she wins again this year, fans can look forward to her continuing that tradition.
 
Most wins in a single event
5 - Mickey WrightSea Island Open (1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963)
4 - Patty BergWomen's Western Open (1951, 1955, 1957, 1958)
World Championship (1953, 1954, 1955, 1957)
4 - Laura DaviesStandard Register PING (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
4 - Se Ri PakJamie Farr Kroger Classic (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003)
4 - Betsy RawlsU.S. Women's Open (1951,1953, 1957, 1960)
Tampa Open (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958)
4 - Patty SheehanRochester International (1989, 1990, 1992, 1995)
4 - Mickey WrightLPGA Championship (1958, 1960, 1961, 1963)
U.S. Women's Open (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964)
4 - Louise SuggsTitleholders Championship (1946, 1954, 1956, 1959)
Western Open (1946, 1947, 1949, 1953)
4 - Babe ZahariasWomen's Western Open (1940, 1944, 1945, 1950)
 
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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.

    Rules changes include no more viewer call-ins

    By Rex HoggardDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Although the Rules of Golf modernization is still a year away, officials continue to refine parts of the rulebook including an overhaul of the video review protocols.

    A “working group” led by the USGA and R&A announced on Monday the new protocols, which include assigning a rule official to a tournament broadcast to resolve rules issues.

    The group – which includes the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA tour and PGA of America – also voted to stop considering viewer call-ins when processing potential rule violations.

    In addition, a new local rule was announced that will discontinue the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard when the player was unaware of the violation.

    In April, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes during the final round when officials at the ANA Inspiration learned via e-mail from a viewer of an infraction that occurred during the third round. Thompson was penalized two strokes for incorrectly marking her golf ball and two for signing an incorrect scorecard.

    “The message is, as a fan, enjoy watching the game and the best players in the world, but also have the confidence that the committee in charge of the competition have the rules handled,” Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of Golf, said on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" on Monday. “Let’s leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament.”

    The working group was created in April to review the use of video in applying the rules and the role of viewer call-ins, and initially issued a decision to limit the use of video through the introduction of the “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standard.

    According to that decision, which was not a rule, “so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be inaccurate by the use of video evidence.”

    The new protocols will be implemented starting on Jan. 1.

    A comprehensive overhaul of the Rules of Golf is currently underway by the USGA and R&A that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.