This Little Piggy Got a Pedicure

By Mercer BaggsFebruary 21, 2003, 5:00 pm
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- What did David Duval do for the first time Thursday night?
I managed to have my first pedicure, he said.
Duval suffered through an ingrown toenail while shooting a first-round 69.
It was swollen and nasty and really sensitive, he said Friday of his ailing toe. So I was kind of walking (funny) yesterday. And, in turn, that was messing up my ankles, and my knees and my hips.
I really felt terrible by the end of the day.
Duval said the therapy helped immensely. He shot 70 in the second round and is five off the 36-hole lead, at 3-under par.
Some Badd Attire
Aaron Baddeley had no thought of missing the cut at the Nissan Open, having laid out four sets of clothes for his work week.
And at 2-under par through two days, hell be around for the weekend.
The 21-year-old Australian has made as much noise with his clubs ' he announced an endorsement deal with MacGregor earlier in the week ' as he has with his wardrobe this season.
Baddeley was decked-out in purple plaid pants when he lost to Ernie Els in a playoff in the Sony Open. Thursday, he opted for the tan plaid trousers in shooting 2-under 69. Friday, it was simply solid white pants.
There is no more plaid for the rest of the week. We are going to have some brighter colors, said Baddeley, who had an even-par 71 in round two.
Baddeley, who in his first full season on the PGA Tour after finishing 10th on the 2002 Nationwide Tour money list, is in the process of working out a clothing deal with fashion designer J. Lindeberg, who also outfits Jesper Parnevik and Charles Howell III.
For now, he said Lindeberg sends him a huge bag of clothes and, I just pick all the stuff that I like. Its good fun.
Yet Another Perk
Craig Perks was voted this week the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year. He is the first golfer to win the award since the 1992 Eisenhower Cup team.
Im extremely proud to have golf back in this position after 11 years and its an incredible thrill to be Sportsman of the Year, Perks said.
Perks earned his first PGA Tour victory in a thrilling finish in last years Players Championship. He ended 34th on the money list with over $1.6 million.
Perks hasnt played well of late, however. He shot 77-75 to miss his third cut in six starts this season. He has seen his world ranking dip to 88, making him ineligible for next weeks Match Play Championship.
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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.

    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

    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.