South Korea Hosts LPGA Event

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Kolon Hana Bank ChampionhipTwenty of the LPGA's 32 South Korean members will return home for the KOLON-Hana Bank Championship -- the tour's second of a three-tournament swing in Asia. With new title sponsors at a new venue, 69 players will compete for a share of the $1,350,000 purse. Of that amount, $202,500 will go to the winner.
 
Last year, Jee Young Lee got a 2-for-1 deal, as she not only earned her first LPGA win, but also non-exempt status for 2006 and exempt status for 2007. The defending champion was a member of the Korea LPGA (KLPGA) invited to play, and made history as the 14th non-LPGA member to win an LPGA event.
 
In her last five LPGA events, Lee owns three top-five finishes, including a tie for second in August at the Wendy's Championship for Children. She has earned $509,092 in 22 events and is ranked 20th on the ADT Official Money List. Lee has consistently proven the strength of her all-around game as evident by a eighth-place Tour standing in birdies (294), seventh with 1.76 putts per GIR, and is ranked third on Tour in eagles (eight) and driving average (276.8 yards).
 
Including Lee, every past champion of the tournament since it was first played in 2002 are in the field: the 2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship winner Se Ri Pak (2002); Shi Hyun Ahn (2003); and Grace Park (2004). Ahn became the youngest international winner in LPGA history at the age of 19 years, 1 month and 18 days when she captured this event in 2003. In 2004, she posted eight top-10 finishes on her way to earning Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. She has played 17 events this year and recorded four top-10 finishes, including a tie for fifth at the McDonald's LPGA Championship. However, her last LPGA Tour event prior to the Honda LPGA Thailand last week was in early August at the Weetabix Women's British Open.
 
Ahn, though, is not the only player in the field to have held the prestigious Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year title. Six of the last nine Rookies of the Year are playing this week, including this year's recipient Seon-Hwa Lee. Lee led one of the Tour's most talented rookie classes in history on the strength of seven top-10 finishes, which include a victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The other top rookies from their respective classes are: Brandie Burton, 1991; Pak, 1998; Mi Hyun Kim, 1999; Hee-Won Han, 2001; and Paula Creamer, 2005. Pak, Kim and Han have also all picked up a victory this season and eagerly await the chance for a second.
 
There will be no home-course advantages for players as the Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort in Kyungiu hosts the LPGA Tour for the first time. It is a par-72 course in southeast South Korea that is set to play just under 6,400 yards.
 
As the second of three Global Group events in the LPGA Playoffs 2006, the top-20 finishers and ties at the KOLON-Hana Bank Championship will earn single ADT Points. The player who earns the most ADT Points in the three tournaments combined will automatically qualify for the season-ending ADT Championship via the LPGA Playoffs 2006. However, all points accumulated during the three-week swing will not count toward overall ADT Points standings.
 
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  • Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

    David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

    “Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

    Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

    “I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

    Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

    The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

    Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

    Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

    1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

    2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

    While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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    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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    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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