Round Three Complete at Q-School

By Marty HenwoodMay 31, 2001, 4:00 pm
As much as the day didnt end the way he had hoped, Mark Wilson still likes his chances after Wednesdays third round of the Canadian Tour McDonalds Spring Qualifying School.
 
Canadian Tour-LargeThe 26-year-old native of Kincardine, ON struggled to a double bogey on his final hole of the day to card a 3-under-par 69 at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, good enough for a three-day total of 9-under 207 and a share of the lead with Andy Johnson (Orlando, FL).
 
Mark Maue of Kitchener, ON fired a tournament-low 64 Wednesday to climb into a tie for third with Liam Bond (Wales), two shots back of the lead.
 
After failing to make a cut during the 1999 Canadian Tour season, Wilson lost his exempt-status card and played on the Dakota Tour last year. With limited money to play on the mini-tour, he entered just three events, winning one. Wilson couldnt earn his Canadian Tour card back at last falls qualifying school, and returned home intent on making the grade here.
 
I looked at things like there was a reason all the best players in the world shoot low scores, he admits. And I realize it is because they play the way their swing allows them to play. I re-evaluated my swing, and it has helped me in a big way.
 
While Wilson admitted losing his card was a case of having to go through growing pains, he feels he is ready to face the challenges that come with playing on a professional tour.
 
Im playing these courses here the way they are meant to be played. Im not rushing things anymoreIve learned to be patient.
 
The top 72 players in the field played Rivershore Wednesday and will shift across town to The Dunes at Kamloops for the fourth round.
 
Following play Thursday, the field of 135 will be reduced to the low 60 scores plus ties, and those golfers will play Friday at The Dunes hoping to land one of the1 5 available exempt cards for the Canadian Tour season, as well as a minimum of 10 conditional cards.
 
Dean Kennedy of Vancouver, BC enters play Thursday five shots back of Wilson and Johnson, while Brent Osachoff (Calgary, AB) is tied for 13th spot with a three-round total of 214.
 
The Canadian Tour, coming off a four-event Myrtle Beach, S.C. stint in February and March, kicks off the Canadian leg of the campaign June 14-17 with the Shell Payless Open in Victoria, B.C. And Mark Wilson has every intention of being there.

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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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm