Alex Miceli - February 29, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 29, 2012, 12:53 pm

Golf Channel Contributor Alex Miceli is at PGA National this week for The Honda Classic. Regarding Mark Steinberg’s reaction to the Haney excerpts, Miceli is unsure if there is even any way that Tiger cannot answer questions about this because Steinberg speaks for Tiger. Steinberg and Tiger are ultimately only helping Haney sell books.

The ratings of the WGC-Accenture Match Play were great and anytime that golf gets more exposure and more positive it is a great thing. We may be seeing the beginning of a transition period because there are clearly signs that Rory McIlroy can attract audiences in the United States. Transition periods are natural and the sport is bigger than any one person. Golf has been around for hundreds of years and there were stars before Tiger and there will be stars after Tiger is gone.

In terms of the impact of the new 2013 schedule on the West Coast and Florida Swing, Miceli said that it will hard on those events because a lot of events are already struggling for big names and many Europeans do not play on the West Coast right now anyway. He does not think that a wraparound will change too much on the PGA TOUR especially in terms of the Florida Swing.

Tiger will be a big story this week just because he is making his first professional appearance at a course which could present some big problems for his game and because of the fact that Tiger is making an appearance at an event where Jack Nicklaus is involved. You could also see someone like Mark Wilson and John Rollins who are playing well emerge with the trophy or you could see a surprise name like John Huh win. He is also interested in finding out from Greg Norman about the status of the 2013 International Presidents Cup Team Captain nomination. Norman is playing in the Kenny G Pro-Am at PGA National on Wednesday.

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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.


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.